#186 & 187: Go Caving and Explore a Cenote

Troy and me in the Nohoch Nah Chich cenote

Troy and me in the Nohoch Nah Chich cenote

LOCATION: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

This item is part of my Cozumel Trip Series.

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In Mexico, there is Sistema Sac Actun, which is an underwater cave system situated along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. This system is the longest surveyed underwater cave system in the world and we were going caving in it. We went swimming in a total of 3 caves/cenotes. The first one was the small cenote that we rappelled into, which you can read about HERE. The other two were much MUCH larger cave systems and were very impressive to say the least. The second one was the Yaxmuul Cenote.

Yaxmuul Cenote. Photo by Jungle Maya

Yaxmuul Cenote. Photo by Jungle Maya

We walked down some stairs and entered the large dark cave. This place was huge and there were stalagmites and stalactites everywhere. We geared up with some snorkel gear and jumped in. The water was extremely cold since it was hidden from the sun and was also some of the bluest water I’ve ever seen in my life. The local Mayans used this water as their drinking water. We were told that the reason people get sick from drinking Mexico’s water is because the cenote water has 10x the amount of calcium as milk. Our bodies just can’t handle it. That’s a lot of bone strength!!!

We also went swimming in the Nohoch Nah Chich cenote.

Troy and me swimming in the Nohoch Nah Chich cenote

Troy and me swimming in the Nohoch Nah Chich cenote

This was wasn’t as impressive looking as the last one, but was way more fun. In order to explore this cenote and cave system, we had to swim with flashlights. We were given one per couple, so I had to hold Troy’s hand while swimming. Without the lights, it was total blackness and kind of scary. It was amazing to see some of the rock formations under the water being illuminated by the light.

When I booked this tour, I knew it would be a fun adventure type thing, but I had no idea that it would show me such beauty and amazing sites that people rarely get to see. It was amazing!

* Thank you Troy for accompanying me on this adventure, being the biggest supporter in what I do and always being there to take the pictures for me.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: This was part of a tour in Playa Del Carmen. This entire tour was WELL worth every penny!

HOW TO DO THIS: The Jungle Maya Expedition $109 for a 4-6 hour tour. http://www.alltournative.com/tours-expeditions/jungle_maya_expedition.asp


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