For our stop in Cozumel we had booked a tour of the underground caves of Rio Secreto. What a great choice! As the caves are located on mainland we had to take a high speed ferry to Playa Del Carmen. Then a 40 min bus ride to the caves ... Read More
For our stop in Cozumel we had booked a tour of the underground caves of Rio Secreto. What a great choice! As the caves are located on mainland we had to take a high speed ferry to Playa Del Carmen. Then a 40 min bus ride to the caves center. The 40 min bus ride was about 20 min on the roads and highway and another 20 min on a dirt road in the jungle. A relatively bumpy ride, but nothing to be concerned about as the drivers were really careful in navigating the pot holes. Nothing worse than driving in Montreal (I am only half joking here J ).
Once arrived at the caves, our group was broken down in smaller groups of 8-9 people and assigned a specific guide. We were lucky in getting assigned Natalia. We were then given water shoes, a wet suit, a life vest and a helmet equipped with a head lamp. All the equipment was in very good shape and clean. Lockers with locks were provided and the center had very nice and clean changing rooms/restrooms. A quick shower was ordered to make sure we do not bring any chemicals in the caves.
Once fitted we were guided through the jungle to the reentrance of our cave. We ended up spending more than 1.5 hour in the cave. What an incredible experience! Portions of the exploration was on dry ground, but other portions were in the water. The water was super clean. Fresh, but not super cold. With the wet suit it was fine. Sometimes the water was deeper than our feet, but nothing to fear as the life vest insured everyone would simply float around. And what a very different and pleasant feeling.
As you will read in reviews of this tour, you are not allowed to bring cameras or phones with you for safety reasons. And to be honest it makes sense and I would agree with the policy. There is a photographer that accompanies the group and takes snapshots throughout the whole trek. After the tour you are offered to purchase the photos. 25$ per phot or 99$ for all the photos of the tour (about 28 photos). The photos were quite good, but still a bit pricey. Up to you to decide.
Once the tour completed we changed back to our regular clothes and were taken in a nice pavilion for a Mexican buffet. Good honest food that was fresh and tasteful. After the 2 hours tour, the food was well appreciated.
Natalia was very good as a guide. She had a lot of information and insights to share with the group. She had a nice “tongue in cheek” sense of humor that was appreciated. And throughout the whole tour (inside and outside the caves) she was really mindful and careful in making sure everyone was doing fine and was safe. The ground in the caved is uneven and littered with obstacles, so everyone has to be careful and Natalia made sure we were all safe.
As you can see, this was a tour we really really enjoyed. A very unique experience. All very well organized and operated with very nice facilities. And with very friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff (especially Natalia).
The whole tour and transportation back and forth to the ship took about 8 hours. Read Less