After departing from the pier by van, you will settle in for a scenic drive into the countryside, a verdant landscape of dense jungle, charming villages and archaeological treasures. Mayans lived in this part of the Yucatan for thousands of years, and their influence can still be felt.
Arriving at the biking station, you will soon experience your first cenote. These natural wonders are actually sinkholes formed centuries ago when limestone on the surface collapsed, exposing the underground rivers beneath. These cenotes were considered sacred by the Mayans and before you enter, a Mayan shaman will conduct a purification ceremony, asking the gods for their blessing to enjoy this natural phenomenon. The ceremony usually involves the burning of incense, as the shaman chants.
Afterwards, you are invited to take a refreshing swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, or simply sit back and relax in this idyllic setting. Whatever your preference, it’s easy to see why cenotes have become such popular spots.
From here, you will bike to a second cenote. Pedaling through the jungle is a wonderfully carefree experience, as you will be surrounded by nature. Following your second cenote experience, you will ride back to the station where you will have time to change clothes before driving to a nearby restaurant for a traditional Mexican lunch. You will then have the option of either returning straight to the pier or stopping in town to shop for handicrafts and casual clothing, making your own way back to the ship.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes approximately 45 minutes of easy to moderate biking that will include negotiating some uneven, natural pathways. Guests should be in good physical condition, know how to ride a bicycle and swim. Swimwear and a change of clothes; sun cap; sunglasses; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Guests must be at least 6 years of age to take part in this tour and the maximum allowable weight is 200 lbs. A waiver will be required by the local operator before being allowed to participate. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
CARACTERÍSTICAS DE LA ACTIVIDAD
Tipo de excursión:
Buceo y buceo de superficie
Nivel de actividad:
Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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