Mérida's cenotes Tour
5 days / 4 nights
FROM PHOCÉA PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Discovering the Mayan world through almost unexplored cenotes.
This out of the ordinary adventure leads us to dive in the farthest cenotes of Yucatan; incredible rarely visited cenotes, lost in the middle of the jungle through paths opened with a machete.
A total immersion in the Mayan world, meeting extraordinary people, who only speak Maya, but have a golden heart and will be able to communicate their love for their land, their culture, and their cuisine to you.
A unique experience, so if you are ready, let’s go!
We will take the road to Mérida. You can relax, we will do some stops on the road.
We will go to the jungle to discover the spider monkey reserve, where we can observe the last specimens in total freedom (you can observe them almost everyday). If we are lucky we will be able to observe the hauling monkeys, many different types of birds and reptiles. In this reserve we can enjoy a zip line with an amazing view and we can kayak in the lagoon.
Izamal is a small town where all the buildings are painted in pastel colors. This city is a witness of the cultural confrontation between Mayans and Spanish.
We will spend our fist night in the jungle… we reserved confortable cabanas.
Just after the breakfast we will go diving…
cenote Noh Moson
After a 2 hours down a path, arrival at the Noh Moson cenote, a dive with an abseiling down and guides to carry the tanks (that gives an idea of the accessibility of the site), to arrive to a well of clear water where the roots of the trees flow, awesome!
Access is in the jungle by stairs, to arrive to its waters of extraordinary clarity.
Its underground galleries will enchant all divers.
We will getr back to Merida where you will spend the night in an hotel located in the heart of the historic center. It is a comfortable hotel with a double bed, air conditioner, TV, safe, restaurant and a pool.
Merida, capital of Yucatan, is a bustling and lively town, which offers you some visits (its Cathedral, its main square, its craft market…) that will contrast with your daily adventures.
A truly unique and extraordinary dive in the Kanun cenote, that is reached abseiling down, and always with the help of our guides. This cenote is really lost in the middle of nowhere. A dive in the center of the Earth, there is not enough adjectives to describe this experience.
The descent into this well already bide the unusual, the atypical, and you can be breath-taken when arriving at the bottom, where you can find skeletons of animals and sometimes of humans, a dive that leaves us speechless.
Cénote à la carte
We will choose together the next cenote.
Lunch with Mayan
Then a good deserved meal that our Mayan friend has prepared for us.
Mayapan is 4.2 square kilometers and has over 4000 structures, most of them residences, packed into this compound within the city walls. Built-up areas extend a half kilometer beyond the city walls in all directions. The stone perimeter wall has twelve gates, including seven major gates with vaulted entrances. The wall is 9.1 km long and is roughly ovate with a pointed northeast corner.
The Temple of Kukulcan, a large pyramid also known as the Castillo, is the main temple in Mayapan. It is located immediately to the east of the Cenote Ch’en Mul, which has caves radiating from it.
Mérida was founded in 1542 by Montejo y León (“el Mozo”) and named after the town of Mérida in Extremadura, Spain. It was built on the site of the Maya city of T’hó, which was also called Ichkanzihóo or Ichcaanzihó in reference to its pyramids.
Late in the 19th century and the early 20th Century, the area surrounding Mérida prospered from the production of henequén. For a brief period, around the turn of the 20th century, Mérida was said to house more millionaires than any other city in the world. The result of this concentration of wealth can still be seen today. Many large and elaborate homes still line the main avenue called Paseo de Montejo, though few are occupied today by individual families.
We will go diving and also visit incredible places…
Hacienda Sotuta de peon
The leaves of Agave fourcroydes yield a fiber also called henequen, which is suitable for rope and twine but not of as high a quality as sisal. It is the major plantation fiber agave of eastern Mexico, being grown extensively in Yucatán. It is also used to make licor del henequén, a traditional Mexican alcoholic drink.
We will then get back to Playa del Carmen.