Head out from Mérida on a snorkeling adventure and escape the heat of the city. Swim and snorkel in a few of the 6,000 deep underground cenote formations of the region, and learn about the legends surrounding these watering holes.
What to Expect
Your Mérida tour takes you out of the city center via local public transit to a nearby Mayan village, where sustainable tourism feeds back into the local economy. You’ll meet with locals and see some of the region’s most precious natural treasures on this 7-hour excursion.
Hop on a 4-person motorbike and take off into the jungle to the first of 3 different cenotes (underground caves) you’ll visit, only accessible on 2 wheels.
You’ll learn about the geology of these subterranean worlds, and hear the stories about mysteries that surround them as you descend narrow staircases and through hollow passageways deep underground.
Escape the heat as you swim and snorkel in the fresh waters of these eerie caverns, where a world of mystery awaits just beneath the surface.
Next, your guide will show you a nearby village for an experience of local life and a few ancient practices. Visit a traditional drugstore, where ancient Mayan medicinal remedies are prepared.
All of the medicines are derived from natural plants, and prepared with knowledge preserved and passed down by generations of families living in this corner of the Yucatán. You may even hear a short prayer and blessing in the Mayan language, thanking the guardians of this sacred place for your visit.
From here, you’ll begin your journey back to Mérida. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’re free to stay longer on your own to explore more cenotes in the afternoon and make your own way back to Mérida.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Public transportation
- Snorkel and mask
- Moto taxi ride
- Entrance fees to 3 different cenotes
What's Not Included
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips for the guides
Know Before You Go
Basic snorkeling equipment (snorkel and mask) is provided. All of the equipment is sanitized after every use, however if you prefer to bring your own equipment, please feel free to do so.
Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. The air conditioning in public transportation can be very cold, so bring a jacket. You’ll need a swimsuit and towel for this tour so you can participate in swimming and snorkeling activities in the cenotes. During the rainy season (May to September) it is recommended that you bring a raincoat or umbrella. Leave your valuables such as passports and credit cards in the hotel and bring a small amount of spending cash for snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. Keep large cameras discreetly stored in a backpack.
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.