There are many experiences on the Mexican Mayan Riviera that you can miss while sitting in the all-inclusive resort and not taking the opportunity to really explore the area. Our private tour exposed us to many experiences that showed us more of the culture and left us with a deep respect for the place.
Much of the Yucatan Peninsula was once mostly a swamp. Over the centuries, silt settled in layers upon layers forming solid ground. Well, mostly solid. The resulting limestone is very porous. Rain waters have carved the limestone into a maze of rivers and caves that snake under the ground throughout the region. Occasionally the land gives way to form a sink hole (cenote), giving access to the waterway below. The resulting crystal clear pool of water provides an irresistible opportunity for a refreshing plunge.
This particular cenote was equipped with a zip line and a platform for making your entrance into the pool all the more exhilarating. And of course Sean did both….while I watched after climbing down into the pool on a ladder.
After drying off we headed off to Puerto Morales for lunch. The view of the beach from the restaurant, where you can just see the water breaking over the coral reef, was stunning. Reportedly the snorkeling/diving there is world class, but that will have to wait for the next visit. Which is exactly why we love Riviera Maya, each time you leave there is so much to bring you back.
After enjoying some amazingly fresh fish tacos and taking in the view we had another welcome surprise.
We did a little shopping for discount Mexican gifts and climbed back into the car to return home. The trip felt like several experiences in one. It was a perfect day that left me with many things to ponder, such as which of the things I learned about I’d be able to explore more on my next visit. Hmmm, that coral reef looked pretty enticing….
Many thanks to Volker’s Private Tours for providing this experience. Our story and opinions are our own.