Riviera Maya Eco-Adventure - Cenote Snorkeling and Cliff Diving
Posted Apr 12 2010 6:26am
Cliff jumping at Jardin de Eden Cenote, near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Heart racing, I watch as my dare-devil nine year old daughter jumps off a 20'
cliff into Jardin de Eden (the Garden of Eden) Cenote . As she silently
falls her face is filled with excitement until she splashes noisily into the
crystal clear water. Later we snorkel together, examining the small fishes that
make the cenote their home.
Cenotes are surface connections to subterranean water bodies. Cenote water is
very clear and clean because the water comes from rain water infiltrating slowly
through the limestone, which stretches across the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula land
mass like a blanket. All the cenote systems in the Yucatan eventually connect
together. Because it is a major source of fresh drinking water, it is extremely
important to keep the cenote's free of chemicals and litter. Warnings are
repeatedly given from tour guides on the importance of keeping the water clean
so the Mayan locals will be able to drink from it.
Jardin de Eden (the Garden of Eden) Cenote is located on the
Riviera Maya . Jungles near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, protect
its beauty. Beneath the water is an amazing world filled with green moss and
unusual limestone formations. With a snorkel mask on, one can see the green moss
covers the limestone thickly. It is caused by exposure to the sun.
is unusual as most cenote's are remarkably clear of green life because
cenotes are mostly found in dark caves. This cenote's roof has collapsed long
ago and it now appears to be an open pond. It is quite deep - over 30' deep in
most places - and what distinguishes it from an ordinary pond is the cold cenote
water, which is always moving. It comes from the underground cave systems and
returns to the cave systems after a short stay at the cenote location.
Jumping off cliffs and snorkeling about the cenote, one can see small fish,
ducks, and other local wildlife. For my daughter, this is a priceless
education; being a part of nature and totally immersing oneself in a different
natural eco-system than the one you are used to is inspiring. Click through to
the above video above to see our snorkeling and cliff diving experiences.
Divers traverse the amazing limestone formations beneath the water at Jardin de Eden, near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Please visit www.rivieramaya.com to learn more about this awesome cenote eco-adventure along with other eco-adventures on the Yucatan Peninsula coast in Mexico.