Riviera Maya Journals

Flying in the Middle of a Cave

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A January 2002 trip to Riviera Maya by JesusW

Into the cave Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico More Photos
Quote: If you like to trek in caves, this one is much better. You get closer to the stalactites, but also the stalagmites; you can explore the bottom or the ceiling of the cave; and you are almost free and weightless, all of this by scuba diving in Cenote.

Flying in the Middle of a Cave

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Flying Photo, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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If you visit the Riviera Maya and love to scuba dive, you are very lucky--here you can "fly" in the middle of a cavern locally known as a cenotes, after the Mayan word "Dzenot", which describes this sinkholes. Picture taken by Yibram, the on-site photographer Inside you will find cold water; no matter how hot it is in the outside, the temperature in the cenotes is always stable. You can forget about the water, except for the bubbles you exhale or those of your dive buddies. Except for certain cenotes, you will find fresh water,...Read More

Scuba diving in a cenote

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Into the cave Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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I started in Playa del Carmen, where the instructor picked up two other guys and me in town and proceeded to the cenote site in his truck. It took less than 15 minutes to get there. The place can vary, as there are many cenotes in the area, and the guides will choose one not too crowded. I dove Chaak Mol, which is very rustic--no facilities, just the sinkhole in the middle of the jungle. We suited up in a full 3mm wetsuit (rental included) as water is cool all year round, at a steady 75F (24C). In a cen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2005

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JungleMobile Photo, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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The dive trip costs usd$50 for one tank and usd$90 for two tanks. src="http://www.igougo.com/photos/journal_photos/JungleMobile.jpg" style="width: 226px; height: 150px;" align="left"> You arrive at the dive shop and get your equipment fitted, and they then take you in their JungleMobile to the cenote entrance--they also have snorkeling tours, but I found the scuba diving much more interesting but not as colorful (they put colored lights in the shallow areas for snorkelers). src="http://www.igougo.com/photos/journal_pho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2005

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Attraction | "Xcaret Underground Rivers"

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It sounds like a great experience to float in an underground river, but actually, there is not much to see during the ride. You can brink your snorkeling equipment or get a life vest, mask, snorkel, and fins (extra cost) at the entrance to the rivers, where you can put all your belongings (towel, sandals, non-waterproof items) in a bag that is locked. They give you the key, and they will take care to bring it to the end of the rivers for you to pick it up. There are two rivers to pick, but it doesn't matter, as the end is at the same area, and both have almost the same things to experience along the route. In case you get bored, you can exit at a couple spots along the river, but anyway, you will ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

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Km 282 Chetumal - Puerto Juarez highway
Cancun, Mexico 77710
(984) 883-3144

What is a Cenote?

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Attraction

Roots? Photo, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
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Cenotes are sinkholes in the middle of the jungle. That may not sound too inviting, but think about it twice. Dzenots in Mayan are the sacred holes with freshwater that were considered so sacred by the original inhabitants of the region, because, for them, it was a communication with the Underworld where the Gods lived, and it was also the only source of freshwater, so it is not a big coincidence that lots of big city/states were built near a cenote to quench their thirst and their fears. What is more special about the cenotes is that, because of the kind of topography and soil (limestone) in the Yucatan area, there is no chance for rivers to exist, so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005