Exploring The Río Secreto Underground River

Exploring The Río Secreto Underground River

#Mexico has its fair share of #unique experiences. When we were there, we wanted to explore the cenotes, #active holes made up on all sides by cave walls and filled with water. We took park in a cleansing ceremony before going on, as the Mayans believed these were sacred spots, and after exploring them ourselves, I'm inclined to agree.


I shuffled my feet on the cave floor where the cool water rose to my waist and felt a slight chill through my wetsuit. There was no sound but a soft ripple of water from my movement and a faint drip-drip-drip to my left. Or, perhaps my right. I was enclosed in absolute darkness and couldn’t see where the sound was coming from or what wall it might be echoing off of. It was peaceful here, I knew that there were others standing around me and soon the lights would come back on, but in that brief moment I felt alone in the dark and smiled at the silence around me.

Our happy group
Our happy group

The day started with a blessing from a Shaman on the jungle trail that lead to the entrance of the caves. He performed a smudging ceremony in which he burned sacred herbs and said a protective blessing for our journey. 

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The Maya believe that cenotes (essentially a hole in the roof of a cave over an underground body of water) are the link between the world we live in and a gate to the afterlife and underworld. It is because of this that we were blessed upon entry.

Amazing bird
Amazing bird

Mexico’s Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula is made up of a vast crumbling limestone plain that is layered in bush and dense jungle. Limestone is a type of absorbent rock that results from a sedimentation and fossilization process started 50 million years ago on the sea floor, originating from the remains of mollusks, coral and other marine reef organisms.

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This rocky ground is slowly giving way to massive sink holes and cenotes that fall into an immense system of underground caves and caverns. It may be a doomed geology, but these caves feel like something out of a Tim Burton, with a side of geogasm.

Sun-rays entering the cave
Sun-rays entering the cave

What sets Río Secreto apart from most of the surrounding caves is that it is a protected nature reserve and practises responsible tourism. Guests may not even wear jewellery into the caves in fear that it could fall off and damage the floor or upset the environment, the staff also limit the size of tour groups to minimize impact on the cave. 

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Guests are also asked to keep their hands off the walls and under no circumstances touch the hanging stalactites. I made sure not to do anything but lightly touch my water shoes on the cave floor as I carefully made my way through the cave.

You can find amazing structures inside
You can find amazing structures inside
Rio Secreto is an amazing place
It is a very strange, but relaxing place
Exploring Rio Secreto
Exploring Rio Secreto
Amazing experience
Our group inside the caves
Looks dangerous
Looks dangerous
It was a great experience!
It was a great experience!

Río Secreto is both an environmentally friendly and adventurous day trip to take if you find yourself in the Mayan Riveria.

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