Snorkea in Sac Actun, the largest cenote in the world and a unique paradise

The most extreme and magical experience of the entire Riviera Maya is undoubtedly swimming in the Sac Actun cenotes. A relatively recent finding for modern society, although well known to the ancient Maya.

It is the largest underwater cave or cenote in the world, and also the largest submerged archaeological site of which there is a record.

Located in the Tulum area, Sac Actun is an underground labyrinth of about 350 kilometers and a maximum depth of 57 meters; In addition, there live dozens of animal species.

Similarly, their bodies of water are ideal for swimming, diving and contemplate on guided tours. Some of them have been enabled as spas and have artificial lighting for exploration.

Its impressive history

It was in 2007, after years of exploration, when a group of specialists managed to connect the Sac Actun (white cave) and Nohoch Nah Chich (large bird house) rivers. The current was called Sac Actun thanks to the larger size of its first cave.

The exploration of the underwater caves of Quintana Roo began in Tulúm in the mid-1980s and over the years, its enormous extension was gradually discovered, which, today, places it as the largest submerged cave on the entire planet.

But its magnitude is not the most shocking of all because in the Sac Actun system, the researchers found remains of pleistocene and human animals dating back to a time much earlier than the Maya. As an example, in 2004, they found the remains of the “Naharon woman”Between 20-25 years old, whose bones date back to 13,600 years ago.

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What to do in Sac Actun?

If you want to visit the longest underwater cave network in the world, there are several activities you can do, mainly if you want to dive or snorkel.

The visiting hours are from 8 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon, from Monday to Sunday, although we recommend visiting the place after noon because the water is literally freezing early in the day.

The entrance costs 450 pesos and includes the option of snorkeling equipment and life jacket, as well as a guided tour that lasts between 1 and 2 hours.

If you want to rent a wetsuit for low water temperatures, the cost is 200 pesos.

To get from Elementus by GuruHotel, you can take the federal Chetumal-Cancún highway. The route is easy and not as long as it is only 30 minutes away.