Mexico – The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

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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.

mex cave 126 Mexico   The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

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.

mex cave 062 Mexico   The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

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.

mex cave 130 Mexico   The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

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!

mex cave 132 Mexico   The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

Founder of BaldHiker.com and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele

30 Comments to Mexico – The Underground Paradise of Rio Secreto

  1. Jigme Tsuendrup

    Paul you have a wonderful and very beautiful pictures here. just one missing. its Bhutan's cultural, landscapes, people, etc. You should visit Bhutan on photographic tour. i can arrange you one with a lowest fare. let me know if you are interested.

  2. Wow! Absolutely stunning! Seeing these images makes me wonder how much beauty this planet has to offer us! And we're just contaminating it!
    Thank you for sharing!

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