Mexico – The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

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Mexico – The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

We have all visited caves, I have many. But, I admit I had never experienced anything like this before. Rio Secreto is a huge system of caves near to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Over many many centuries an underground river of pure water has been carving out pure beauty beneath. Of course so much of it would need to be explored in diving suits, but, at the area of Rio Secreto the networks are semi filled thus making it accessible to many.

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Wetsuits on, right from the start as you go into one of the many entrances hidden in the jungle the eyes and senses are hit with pure natural beauty that cannot be seen hardly anywhere on earth.

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mex cave 108 Mexico   The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

mex cave 110 Mexico   The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

mex cave 126 Mexico   The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

The care taken by the owners and guides to ensure it stays pure for future generations is a great thing to see. All must shower before entering, all are briefed on how to avoid touching the stalactites etc to stop human contamination. No glaring touristic lights to show the way or footways. It truly is just you, a headtorch and an awesome natural paradise.

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mex cave 134 Mexico   The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

Sometimes you are walking, sometimes ducking down, sometimes swimming/floating through the pure clear water. One and a half hours slowly taking it all in. The guide has so much knowledge and enthusiasm too. Everything is explained or proudly shown.

Even as I write this with all fresh in my mind I feel I should pinch myself to prove I actually saw and experienced what I did. Magical! Beautiful! Mother Nature, my favourite architect, thank you!

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30 Responses to "Mexico – The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto"

  1. Shelly  January 3, 2014 at 01:58

    Well written! Rio Secreto is one of my favorite excursions.. From the beginning with the blessing to the guide that had so much love and respect for the park.. Plan on going back for sure ! Thank you so much for the memories;)

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    • Paul Steele  January 3, 2014 at 20:42

      Hi Shelly.. a very memorable place indeed isn’t it? :) ty

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  2. Ginger Carney  November 5, 2013 at 06:56

    Beautiful. Have you been to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico? They aren’t in water, but still it is stunning to see caverns so large.

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    • Paul Steele  November 5, 2013 at 06:58

      Thanks for the tip Ginger. Will put on list for next time over there :)

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  3. Ian  October 16, 2013 at 10:11

    A magical secret world, thank you.

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  4. Fabienne Wolf  October 16, 2013 at 09:57

    What a beautiful post, what gorgeous photographs! I’m hooked and signing up to see more …

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    • Paul Steele  October 16, 2013 at 10:04

      Thanks Fabienne, wonderful to see you :)

      Reply

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