Everyone around the world knows about the spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya. What many do not know is that the Riviera Maya is home to an intricate web of hidden underground rivers and caves that you can explore on your next Mexican vacation.
Without getting too “sciencey” with you, 65 million years ago a meteor crashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, setting off a chain of natural events that turned the limestone rock into swiss cheese (not literally, ahem). Theories suggest that this impact was what led to the extinction of the dinosaurs! The results of years of water passing through the rock has created a magical underground world of twisty turny caves, cenotes and underground rivers, in fact, the second longest underwater river in the whole world is found right here!
What’s the best way for a traveller to see the underground rivers and cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula? With the experts at Rio Secreto Cancun. The tale goes that a local man was chasing an iguana through the jungle for his lunch when he saw it disappear down a hole. Upon investigating, the man discovered an entrance to a truly magical world below the earth. This discovery led to further investigations, the desire to share the beauty with others and the creation of Rio Secreto Park where everyone can be wowed by this natural wonder.
A tour of Rio Secreto begins with a blessing by a Maya shaman, asking nature for permission to enter the caves and to protect all the living creatures within. The Maya believe that the cenotes and caves are the entrance to “Xibalba”, the underworld, and artifacts have been discovered that show sacrifices and offerings thousands of years old in these sacred spaces. Once you have been blessed you can enter Rio Secreto with a clear heart and a great amount of respect for the incredible world you are about to discover.
As you descend into the caves, the magic of a Rio Secreto tour reveals itself. Striking stalactites and stalagmites and a maze of passageways carved through the limestone, crystal clear waters and a peace you haven’t experienced in years. Your guide will lead you through one of the many underground paths, sometimes walking, sometimes swimming and all the time being WOWED by all you can see and feel. You will pass through tiny openings and narrow passageways then find yourself in enormous caverns, cathedral-like wonders that will make you feel as though you are on another planet entirely.
Rio Secreto Riviera Maya is dedicated to sustainable tourism, a truly natural experience that impacts the environment as little as possible. A small ecological footprint for a huge adventure, this is a great Cancun tour for explorers looking for something extraordinary and beyond the norm. Rio Secreto actively participates in the local community with special events, educational experiences and opportunities for sustainable tourism growth for all.
So when looking for things to do in Cancun, Rio Secreto is a must! Nature, adventure, history and culture, a Rio Secreto excursion will delight you!
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