There’s something undeniably special about a trip to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. This vibrant and beautiful destination is packed with activities that keep guests entertained on the land and sea, but it’s equally intriguing in large part due to its ancient past. Pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited these lands have left behind an impressive collection of architecture, stories, and legend that have long inspired travelers to come and learn more. For those visitors with a passion for pursuing and understanding the past on a more intimate level, booking an Underground Cenotes tour with Interentals is one of the must-do Mexico adventures!
Savor the Stories of the Past
Plan on setting aside at least 7 hours of your day to indulge in this once in a lifetime experience that’s as mystical as it is beautiful. Touring underground cenotes gives participants a chance to come face to face with natural wonders that shaped the beliefs and sacrifices made by ancient cultures in these stunning lands. For added convenience, these tours can be customized to be hosted in English, Spanish or Italian and include transportation. A standard tour begins at $149 per person with options to for pick up and drop off at Playa del Carmen available for an additional $75. The cost of a ticket includes all activities and entrance fees as well as necessary exploration gear, a professional guide as well as water, fruit, and snacks along the way.
A Sacred Excursion
Whether you find yourself at an open, semi-open or cavern cenote, the feeling tends to be remarkably similar. These underground wonders were long looked upon by ancient cultures as gateways to the underworld and were considered viable connections from Earth to the unseen world. As you explore, your knowledgeable and friendly guide will deliver up insight on how these pools are connected to some of the planet’s largest underground cave systems. While these underground cenotes are breathtakingly beautiful, they were also places of prayer and sacrifice for the Maya.
What You’ll See
The placement and location of underground cenotes make them thriving habitats where flora and fauna abound. Tour participants are likely to see a variety of birds, frogs, and fish during their tour as well as stalagmites and stalactites that have been hundreds of years in the making. The beauty in an underground cenote tour is the link between feeling connected with nature as well as cultural history. It’s nearly impossible to arrive at these cenotes without experiencing a revelation of sorts related to the fact that you are standing where people have for thousands of years in the name of higher meaning.
Preparing for Your Mexico Adventures
While this tour is bound to be exciting there are some essentials you won’t want to forget for the journey. Guests are encouraged to pack a bathing suit, camera, biodegradable sunscreen, and insect repellent as well as a towel and change of clothes. Sandals are recommended for water-based activities while a reusable water bottle is convenient for staying hydrated throughout the journey.