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A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Azotador – Tussock – Halysidota sp.

I was so lucky to have travelled to see and explore the natural beauty and wonder of Rio Secreto’s underground caves in the Riviera Maya. An experience I shall never forget with amazing sights etched into my memory. As I said in the post I did about it the guides are superbly equipped with knowledge you get to learn about not just the caves but the formation, history and the wildlife above and below. Even the walk to and from the cave entrance/exit you get to see and hear a unique nature, never mind what lives below. Life does live in the caves, creatures swimming or climbing that have never seen light throughout evolution. Insects and fish, colourless, eyeless with never a need.

I wanted to learn more about the abundance and they ever so kindly supplied below a collection of pictures too! Above and below ground species here with names in English, Spanish plus the proper latin name for those with an interest. I wish I could show all but you would scroll for days 😀

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Mariposa cola de golondrina – Swallow tail butterfly – Papilionidae

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Tarántula – Tarantula – Brachypelma vagans

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Gusanito medidor – Geometer moth – Geometridae

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Cangrejo azul – Blue land crab – Cardisoma guanhumi

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Mantis religiosa⁄campamocha – Praying mantis – Thespidae

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Gecko leopardo – Leopard gecko – Coleonyx elegans

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Serpiente bejuquilla verde vs Iguana serrada verde – Green vine snake Vs Serrated casquehead Iguana – Oxybelis fulgidus

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Pez ciego – Blind fish – Ogylbia pearsey

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Pájaro Toh – Turquoise browed mot mot – Eumomota superciliosa

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Langosta – Locust – Schistocerca sp.

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Iguana negra – Black iguana – Ctenosaura similis

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Araña argiope plateada – Silver argiope – Argiope argentata

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Pasionaria – Purple passionflower – Passiflora incarnata

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Araña patona – Daddy longlegs spider – Pholcidae

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Iguana serrada verde – Serrated casquehead Iguana – Laemanctus serratus

A Return To Rio Secreto – The Nature

Murciélago frugívoro de Jamaica – Jamaican fruit bat – Artibeus jamaicensis

Written by Paul Steele

Paul is the founder and Editor of the site. An avid hiker and trekker. Travel, adventure and photography are passions that he combines to make his articles here. Likes to see the positive in everything.

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  1. Awesome captures Paul I think these are some of your best photos yet! Some really good closeups and the action shot of the snake and iguana, holy moly!

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