Its true. Mexicos Riviera Maya found on the Yucatan Peninsula is full of white sand beaches plus true blue Caribbean water. However the jungle inside the location is equally dotted with an unknown amount of cenotes that provide gorgeous techniques to receive wet plus rad off without waves, sand or salt.
Cenotes are basically sinkholes. In the Yucatn Peninsula theyre commonly caves which have become inundated causing the rooftop to collapse which reveals an virtually well circular starting to the sky above providing individuals plus animals simple access to water under.
And what water! Cenotes arent really filled with fresh water, theyre filled with rainfall water thats filtered from the surrounding limestone. The outcome is water thus obvious it appears impossible. Yes, you are able to see clearly all of the method to the bottom of the cenote (except for the ones which are 500 feet deep), yet you are able to equally see anything swimming inside water (people, fish, turtles) with astonishing (plus kinda spooky) clearness.
We consider cenotes a impressive method to rad off plus you jumped into them because usually because potential. Drive any road inside the Yucatn Peninsula plus youre probably to find hand painted signs with all the names of cenotes approximately them & a crude arrow pointing the method to it. For a few pesos the property owner allows we take a swim. Some cenotes have been accumulated with ladders plus snorkeling gear rental plus others have been left almost the technique they were found. Theyre all refreshing plus gorgeous.
Check out the underwater movie pieced together from a quantity of wonderful dips inside many cenotes, caverns plus underwater canals.
We even went SCUBA diving inside the Dos Ojos (2 eyes) Cenote with Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park. Because cenotes are not completely enclosed like intact caves, cenote diving is considered less extreme plus less hazardous than cave diving. Were here to tell we thats its nonetheless 1 wild experience any we call it.
As weve mentioned, water inside a cenote is hyper-clearso obvious which whenever youre SCUBA diving inside it it often looks like air, not water. Its furthermore fairly dark when you swim back to the chambers of the cenote, past the point where the collapsed rooftop lets inside light. And a small claustrophobic.
And then there are the regions where sea water is seeping into the cenote plus mixing with all the freshwater, causing anything called a halocline. Imagine swimming by completely well well-defined water 1 2nd, then everything approximately we leaps from focus inside a swirl because when several unseen hand really smeared Vaseline all over the diving mask. Next, merely because instantly because we entered the halocline, we swim from it back to crystal obvious water as well as the planet, fortunately, jerks into focus. Its absolutely disorienting plus kinda fun.
Another method to play inside cenotes is at the many adventure parks inside the Yucatn Peninsula. We were impressed with all the severe pleasant at Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park whenever you went diving with them inside Dos Ojos. Next you learned which this park, among the first inside the region, has not 1 yet 2 rides found nowhere else inside the globe.
Thats simple to do whenever the founder plus active co-owner is not only a world-class cave diver/adrenaline lover nevertheless a pretty badass (self-taught) engineer also. Gordon Buddy Quattlebaums initially innovation for his Hidden Worlds park is a thing called a Sky Cycle. Its basically a modified bicycle which runs along a robust cable that way utilized for zip lines. You sit found on the seat plus lean back, recumbent fashion, then pedal the method above plus by the jungle.
The alternative ride thats exclusive to Hidden Worlds is a creation Buddy calls the Avatar, declaring its the worlds initial roller coaster zip line. Lucky (?) for you, Buddy was debuting the Avatar at Hidden Worlds your day you were there plus you received to take element inside several test rides.
When harnessed inside you were connected to the ride a standing positionjust because when you were going to take a conventional zip line ride. Unlike conventional zip lines, yet, the Avatar runs approximately a rigid rail like the ones which rollercoasters run about. This rigidity gave Buddy plus his team the ability to bend plus curve the rail incorporating steep drops, swift climbs, vertebrae-jarring hairpin turns plus different attributes usually associated with a roller coaster.
Its a swift ride nevertheless a dramatic 1 plus it culminates by dropping riders from the dark tunnel into the mouth of the cenote where we descend at full speed by the winding, dark path for approximately 50 feet before splashing down into water.
Our slide shows, under, demonstrate what the heck the Avatar is all about. The initial 1 shows a unique Hidden Worlds customer. The 2nd slide show is of Karen that, by the method, hates Occupying the additional end of the Yucatn Peninsula nature park spectrum is Xel-Ha. Xel-Ha, plus her sister parks Xcaret plus Xplor, dominate the scene with relentless advertisingnot unlike a Yucatan variation of Disneyland. The approach functions. Xel-Ha alone averages 2,000 visitors (versus a couple 100 at Hidden Worlds) daily.
Fortunately, Xel-Ha moreover offers several impressive eco-initiatives inside spot to lower the impact of all those visitors. You might not be provided a paper bag. Or a straw. Or a chart. Or a plastic water or soda bottle at Xel-Ha. Map billboards dots the wide property, soda plus water are dispensed from huge machines into bio-degradable recycled-paper cups plus straws merely arent enabled. Or essential. However, the park generates 4,000 pounds of garbage a day that is recycled or composted.
A huge nursery found on the parks property grows a range of indigenous vegetation that are selected to keep the park grounds lush plus are additionally donated to location villages where park employees reside. We were moreover pleased to find a lasting plan of providing all citizens of Quintana Roo 50% off entrance to the park.
The standard of the snorkeling gear for customer employ was additionally amazingly excellent. Ditto for the food. The just letdown was the deficiency of fish inside water. We snorkeled plus snorkeled inside the cenote-fed waterways of Xel-Ha nevertheless failed to obtain much existence at all. However, you had a truly relaxing day at Xel-Ha (the hammocks! the ale!) plus you were pleased which wed been advised to come early. Between the buffet as well as the snorkeling as well as the bicycle trails as well as the interior tube float you were there from starting to closing.
No matter that cenote we jump into skip the sunscreen as well as the insect repellent. Even the bio-degradable versions leave an ugly plus poisonous slick found on the top of water over time.