If you enjoy diving then Cenote Diving in the Riviera Maya is an experience that you cannot miss. Discover the enigmatic kingdom of Chac, god of the water and the underground world, or experience the magic of cavern diving. The Yucatan peninsula is a large plate made of porous limestone where the highest point above sea level is no more than 150 feet. The lack of mountains and other hilly areas prevents the water from changing into streams therefore there are no above-ground rivers on the peninsula.
The rainwater penetrates the permeable rock, forming underground deposits and streams. Throughout the years this filtration erodes and weakens the rock. The ground ends up giving way and falling in, exposing the underground river to the surface in some areas, which the Maya have for centuries called ''cenotes''.
Not so long ago these oases in the jungle began to reveal their secrets to expert speleologists, archaeologists and geologists who unearthed the natural and human history little by little, discovering for example that the peninsula is a system of underground tunnels, like a gruyere cheese.
Today manycenotes are open to the public and are really exciting for certified divers to explore.
Cavern diving is considered a risky specialty. Anyone who wants to do it in a safe manner must first acquire theoretical knowledge and many hours of practice.
However, if you enjoy this activity, then diving in the Yucatan is an experience not to be missed. Discover the enigmatic kingdom of Chac, the ancient Mayan god of water and the underworld.