Xel-ha, Mexico (PressExposure) August 08, 2009 -- The caverns, called cenotes, that envelop one the worldâs longest systems of underground waterways are gaining in popularity, and with good reason. These natural wonders stretching across the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico are some of the most beautiful places you can explore.
Visitors are invited to dive deep into these freshwater sinkholes, that are chock full of stalagmites, stalactites, and other rock formations. Exploring the area can be done in a number of ways. At Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park [http://www.prototravels.com/], guides are available to lead adventurers of all ages through the dense tropical forest and into the caves.
Many choose to start with snorkeling, getting their feet wet and whetting their appetite for more. These tours are held throughout the day and are designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. No previous experience is necessary. Dives are also arranged for certified open water divers who wish to explore deep within the cenotes. The maximum depth of the water is 30 feet, and divers are never more than 150 feet from air. You can enjoy 1,500 feet of cavern without ever leaving the light zone. The natural beauty of the cave formations and the clear blue water cause visitors to reflect on the awesome natural forces that have been the cause of this phenomenon. Outside the caves a 600 foot zip line allows you to get a good look at the canopy from the air, and travel throughout the forest with ease.
Perhaps the most appealing option for many is the Sky Cycle. This two and a half hour adventure takes riders through the high jungle canopy, down through a short section of natural cave, and finally through a cenote that is overflowing with green palms and exotic plants. The whole time, riders are suspended on a steel cable and can pedal at their own pace. The circuit is a kilometer long, and there is a pause halfway through the trek. Here, at the Tak-Bi-Luum cenote visitors have the chance to don snorkel gear and life jackets and take a swimming tour of this underground river. The crystal clear freshwater, combined with the remarkable cave formation is truly a remarkable sight.
Although it is a popular vacation destination [http://www.prototravels.com/], it is not overrun with tour buses and souvenir shops. The main focus of the park and its staff is to lead you through the jungle, and help you to appreciate the natural beauty of the area.
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