Dive the Cenotes and Cozumel on our next Mexico Getaway 2020
The natural wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula are countless, but some of the most unique to the area, are the cenotes.
Cenotes are created by an underground river system and are fresh water sink holes formed, when the roof of a cavern collapses due to erosion. Millions of years ago, the Yucatan Peninsula was covered by the ocean.
Some 15,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, the sea level descended approximately 75 metres. For thousands of years, the porous land surface, formed by fossilised coral and limestone, has filtered rainwater which dissolved parts of the subsoil. The depth of each cenote depends on the amount of natural debris that has accumulated through erosion in addition to the remains of the roof that collapsed.
The stalactites and stalagmites that form inside the cenotes are true natural works of art and the water that gathers in these caverns are an amazing crystal clear, turquoise colour. Holes in the ceiling can allow sunlight to filter into the cenotes, adding to the magical scene.
The Maya considered these sink holes to be sacred and believed the cenotes were the entrance to the underworld. Quantities of ancient offerings and jewelry have been found in some cenotes.
Additionally, the cenotes were an important source of fresh water for the Maya and are still relied upon by contemporary Maya people.
Join us for a return mission to explore the awesome Yucatan Peninsule and Cancun
11 days / 9 nights ex Brisbane
from $ 5,795 per Diver
from $ 4,697 per Non Diver
May 29th to June 9th, 2019
The Yucatan is known for its tropical rainforests and jungles, as well as being the home of the ancient Maya people. A significant portion of the ancient Mayan Lowlands is in the Yucatan and there are many important Mayan archeological sites, found throughout the peninsula. The most well-known being Chitzen Itza, Tulum and Uxmal.
In the past, the Yucatan focused it's economic efforts on cattle ranching, logging and the production of chicle (a natural gum) and henequen (a type of agave) but since the 1970's it's main source of income comes from tourism.
Cancun, which was once a small fishing village, is now a modern tourist city. The former fishing town of Playa del Carmen is a popular tourist destination on the Riviera Maya (the stretch of coast between Cancun and Tulum). It's attractions include the eco-archaeological park of Xcaret and the outdoor water theme park of Xel-Ha, complete with mangroves, bird watching, stingray swimming, diving and snorkeling lessons.
Return airfares ex Sydney to Cancun flying with QANTAS Airlines based on specuial airfares- Conditions apply
Australian departure taxes and applicable airline taxes ($140 and subject to change)
Accommodation, meals and transfers
Return airport transfers in Cancun
9 Nights btwin share A/C Superior room at Allegro Playacar Hotel - Playa Del Carmen
Breakfast lunch and Dinner
Chichen Itza Express tour- including air con transport, admission to Chichen Itza, certified guide and soft drinkls.
10 boat dives (2 dives Playa Del Carmen, 4 dives at Cozumel with water and snacks, plus 4 cenopte dives with light lunch)
Including tanks, weights, dive guide, transfers to and from accommodation and flash lights for use in cenotes.
Price does not include:
Personal spending money
Excess luggage surcharges
Meals other than offered
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The deposit is $800 and non refundable.
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