If you’re reading this post, it may be because you either aren’t the standard run-of-the-mill tourist or you’re a veteran of Cancun and Riviera Maya vacations. Either way, you want something different, right?
We’re going to share news about a set of thrills, deep in the Mayan jungles of the Riviera, that will give you something to remember forever, as you’ll have a full day of excitement and adrenalin, surrounded by the natural wonders of our area.
Get Ready for Snorkel Xtreme!
The First and Ultimate Thrill! Snorkeling and Swimming with Turtles
Start the day off at Turtle Bay, where you will enjoy the best ocean snorkeling while surrounded by amazing marine turtles.
Thrill #2: Rappelling
We will then gear you up to rappel into the depths of the Mayan jungle. It’s totally safe and super fun!
Thrill #3: Zip Lines!
Experience the thrill of flying over the jungle canopy in the fastest zip-line circuit in the region!
Thrill #4: Cenote Swim and Snorkel
Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of a mystical Mayan Cenote with underground river while exploring astounding rock formations.
Your experience is capped off with a fantastic Mexican meal, as you and your friends and loved ones recall what an amazing time you had, and plan your return next time!
Almost 15 years ago, a team of Mexican archaeologists found three human skeletons; one of them was carbon-dated to be 13,600 years old. In 2008, divers located the remains of a MASTODON as well as a human skull that might be the oldest evidence of early man in the region.
Where did they find those ancient treasures? They found them, and much more, in cenotes.
What are cenotes?
Cenotes (se NOH tays) are surface connections to underground bodies of water, and in the English-speaking world we know them as sinkholes. Ah, but they are so much more here in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula.
There are an estimated 6000 cenotes in the entire Yucatan Peninsula, forming a vast underground network of caves, caverns and the source of much of the fresh water for the entire area.
The best-known cenotes are large open water pools measuring tens of meters in diameter, such as at Chichén Itzá.
As far as swimming is concerned, cenote water is often very cool and clear, as the water comes from rain water filtering slowly through the ground, and where there is little or no direct access to sunlight. Some cenotes are open, where sections of cave roof have collapsed revealing an underlying cave system.
There are four main different types of cenotes, named for their shapes.
1. Jug or Pit cenotes are those with a surface connection narrower than the diameter of the water body, shaped like a bottle.
2. Cylinder cenotes are those with strictly vertical walls.
3. Basin cenotes are those with shallow water basins
4. Cave cenotes are those having a horizontal entrance with dry sections.
Take a Cenote Tour and Be Ready to Have Your Mind Blown
The following tours have some stunning cenotes as one of their features. In some you can swim in, rappel into or just simply admire for their natural beauty.
1. Chichen Itza–along with visiting one of the Seven Man-made Wonders of the World, visit the CenoteSagrado and swim in nearby Ik Kil.
2.Xenotes-from the same people who brought you Xcaret, Xenotes brings you four Cenote experiences, named for Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
3. Coba Mayan Encounter–Your unforgettable, off-the-beaten-track adventure tour then begins: exciting zip-line flying over a lagoon, rappelling down into an incredibly beautiful cenote where you can enjoy a refreshing swim before going up again.
4. Akumal Snorkel Extreme Tour–Together with your guide, fly above the trees of the Riviera Maya by zipline, snorkel at Akumal among turtles, fish and coral. Then rappel like an adventurer, and marvel as you make your way along the underground rivers of the Mayan cenotes.
While white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters of Cancun and the Riviera Maya may have brought you here, the mysterious and stunning beauty of the jungle is what will stay with you forever. If you want to see, hear and feel what it was like to be in the Garden ofEden during your holiday, reserve a cenote tour today.
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The adventure began at 7 in the morning, I woke up with the excitement of a new experience without knowing what to expect.
At Hacienda del Mar the guides offered us some breakfast, later joined the group of 10 people to give us detailed information on the experience we were to live.
We boarded the boat, the captain and experienced guides told us that would be about 40 minutes to arrive, then we should go to the union of the current Gulf of Mexico on the Caribbean Sea.
Along the way we saw several turtles and dolphins suddenly informed us that at mile 30 the sharks was waiting for us, we prepared because we were very close, the excitement and adrenaline began to feel.
There are no words to describe how wonderful it is to see you surrounded by so many whale sharks, a specialized guide was there with us at all times.