First off – What is a Cenote?
A cenote is a deep water-filled sinkhole in limestone that is created when the roof or part of the roof to an underground cavern collapses. This creates a natural pool which is then filled by rain and underground rivers. Some cenotes are vertical, water-filled shafts, while others are caves that contain pools and underwater passageways in their interior. Cenotes are prevalent in the Yucatan Peninsula area where there are over 2000, and they are the area’s main source of water.
Cenotes were ritually significant to the ancient Mayan people because they were considered passages to the underworld. Of course, you know the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite. They occur in limestone caves. The stalactite is above, and hangs downward like an icicle; the stalagmite is below and sticks up. They grow in pairs, the slightly acidic water dissolves some of the limestone, carrying it downward.
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Here is a brief description of many of the activities that are available at Hidden Worlds.
Avatar –Zip Line
This ride is a high speed, high adrenaline, ride! It has been referred to as the naked roller coaster by some because it is like a roller coaster but you are hanging from a zip line. Gravity is your source of power. When you launch from the platform you begin to fall and your harness catches you only to position you for the next drop-off.
After twisting and turning through the jungle you will reach a water slide that ends in a Cenote. The track makes a couple of quick turns inside the cenote and then down a long straightaway that ends up splashing down in the water!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to rappel down a mountain or into a cave? This is your chance to experience rappelling. You will rappel from ground level into Takbelum, a cenote that was seen in the Imax production Journey into Amazing Caves and featured by National Geographic. This rappel is referred to as a free rappel where you will be using a harness and all safety precautions are in place.
Cenote Splash Down
You will not find any other splash down zipline like it….This ride has you zip lining into a world-famous cenote, Takbelum. You begin at ground level and are hooked to a zip line cable that sends you down into an amazing cavern. Once you have picked up maximum speed you glide into the water.
Guests of all ages love this ride. The second time you ride this ride you will be encouraged to ride it backwards! The splash down zipline and the Avatar have been called the two best zip lines on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Guided Snorkel Tours
The Mayan Riviera is filled with opportunities to cenote snorkel. Hidden Worlds offers a very unique experience to see natural cenotes. The Cenote tour will give you the opportunity to be up close and personal with what nature has been creating underground for thousands of years. This part of the tour is amazing.
From the office you will be shuttled off into the jungle on Jungle Buggy. This is a fifteen minute ride where you will see the Mayan wilderness. You may see wildlife including mammals, birds, and reptiles. This is a fairly rough ride in an Indiana Jones style buggy (some prefer to call them Mad Max style buggies) but regardless, this is a unique experience.
Jungle Canopy Zipline
The Mayan Rivera is filled with zip lines. The canopy is a great introduction into riding a zipline before moving onto one of the specialty rides like the Splash Down and the Avatar.
As you are in the jungle please take a moment to learn about its natural beauty. The Interpretive Trail has many signs that will teach you about the indigenous habitat including trees, birds, and more.
The Skycycle is a unique way to tour the jungle. The Skycycle was invented at Hidden Worlds. You will sit on a recumbent style bike and pedal across the tree tops giving you a bird’s eye view of the jungle. After riding across the Jungle tree tops you will drop down into a world-famous cenote called The Church, where you will begin your first snorkeling tour.
Skycycling back, you will ride through a cenote giving you a chance to observe the formations from a completely different perspective. This is a leisurely ride for all ages. Small children can ride on the lap of an adult.
Also available, but not part of the Ultimate Adventure Tour package is cenote diving.
Cavern diving is their specialty. They have several of the most famous cenotes (Pronounced “say no tays”) in the world on the property. Cenotes like “Takbeha”, “Takbelum”, “Eden”, “The Church” and “Halario’s Well” are unrivaled.
Safety is the number one concern; therefore, each diver will need to have an internally recognized certification for open water diving to dive. There will be a dive master that has cave diving certification with each group and a limit of 4 divers per dive master. Cavern diving requires that there is visible light every 60 meters and the dive master will brief you on the rules and safety procedures. The clear water is about 74 degrees and the underwater structures are like nothing you have ever seen…
HIDDEN WORLDS CENOTES PARK is located about 15 minutes north of Posada Yum Kin on Highway 307. They offer round-trip scheduled service for a nominal fee from hotels located in Riviera Maya. Getting to Hidden Worlds by public transport, rental car or taxi is also easy. Ask Carlo for assistance with booking and getting to Hidden Worlds.