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. Rajani Arya  June 22, 2013 at 10:20

    Amazing, amazing place and photos too!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Nicole @ Green Global Travel  May 12, 2013 at 01:53

    Wow these are stunning photos! We missed this when we were in PDC a couple of months ago but we are definitely going back and these caves are on the do-to list!

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  3. Escort Anna  February 14, 2013 at 08:10

    Hello Paul, I was there for Christmas and New year and I visited the caves . Wonderful experience . Your photos capture the wonder of the caves . Playa del Carmen , great holiday destination . So much to see and do. I wish I could have bumped into you , that would have been good Anna x

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    • Paul Steele  February 15, 2013 at 10:30

      Hi Anna.. A remarkable place. So glad you got to experience it x

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  4. PurpleTravelKate  August 27, 2012 at 09:54

    Really great post, it looks like an absolutely remarkable place!

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  5. Bev  July 20, 2012 at 14:38

    What an amazing adventure! Mother Nature has created so many beautiful places for us to see. This is going on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

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    • Paul Steele  July 23, 2012 at 13:51

      go for it! amazing experience

      Reply

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