BATHE YOUR SOUL
Dont forget your towel.
Lockers and equipment included.
GET IN REAL CONTACT WITH NATURE.
We think we know everything about the surrounding world. Every day, on the way to our jobs and back home, we follow the same path, see the same buildings
and trees, and hear the same sounds. Our life is governed by the wheel of seasons and sways of weather that repeat an age-old pattern year after year. We live in
a perfectly familiar environment where nothing can surprise us. But earth is just one of the many habitats existing on our planet. Beyond the reach of our senses,
it’s all so different and fascinating! If you want to see the hidden side of our world and get a one-of-a-kind experience that is impossible to forget, welcome
to the Aktun-Chen park! In this tropical paradise, not only you can catch a glimpse of exotic flora and fauna but also set out on a unique snorkeling
With a total length of 700 yards, the Aktun-Chen cave is one of the largest and oldest in Mexico. According to geological estimates, its formation
started over 5 million years ago. However, the cenote itself is thought to be much younger, around 30 thousand years old. It all started during the last ice age when
the ocean level dropped drastically laying bare a giant coral reef with its vast underwater caves that subsequently became a platform for most of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Seeping through its porous surface, heavy tropical rains created numerous underground rivers filled partly with fresh rainwater and partly with salty groundwater.
In some places, the soil was corroded by acidic rainfalls and collapsed revealing the water bodies running below. This is how the legendary cenotes of Yucatan
appeared – including the one located in Aktun-Chen!
Spectacular, mysterious and solemn, the Aktun-Chen grotto strikes the eye with exquisite limestone formations some of which are older than our entire civilization.
Massive stalactites and stalagmites edging the passageway form a beautiful underground landscape that ends with a marvelous cenote opening right into the jungle.
With scattered sunlight playing on the transparent water surface and lush tropical vegetation draping the grotto walls, the lake seems to have emerged from one of your dreams.
Long ago, this cave was a sacred spot for the local Maya tribes who believed cenotes to be gates to the underworld where the gods reside. They used to descend here in
search of divine guidance and shelter. Mayan shamans would invoke the spirits allegedly inhabiting the bottom of the cenote and pray for the wellbeing of their village.
Holly gifts were laid onto a stone altar or thrown into the water to appease Chaac, a deity responsible for rainy weather and fertile crops. The importance of cenotes
for the Maya is also explained by the fact that they often were the only source of fresh water to be found in the neighborhood. Today the grotto is open for swimming
and snorkeling being one of the main attractions of our park.
What else can we say? See the wonders of the Aktun-Chen cave with your own eyes and take a unique snorkeling trip meters underground in a pristine
tropical forest! Our park also features many other attractions, including bicycle tours in the jungle, seeing wild animals at arm’s length, zip lining 25 feet in the
air and savoring traditional Mexican food in a lovely ethnic-style restaurant. If you are tired, you can take a nap in a cozy hammock, lulled by the rustle of palm
leaves and merry chirping of exotic birds. We are always happy to greet new guests and show you the beauty of virgin nature that we so often disregard. So what are
you waiting for? Pack your stuff and catch the nearest plane that will carry you right to our amazing park!