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LAGOONS OF SIAN KAAN / AMAZING DRONE VIDEO

Breathtaking video of the lagoons of Sian Kaan. In this video we can witnes the sequece of a tour we make starting in the Muyil ruins and then passing through the incredible lagoons of Muyil and Chunyaxche.

If you are interested in doing this tour, check details about this tour

Breathtaking shots of Sian Kaan

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE MESOAMERICAN CORAL BARRIER REEF

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE MESOAMERICAN CORAL BARRIER REEF

The Mesoamerican Reef - Tulum Mexico

The Mesoamerican Reef

Tulum is part of the Mesoamerican Reef System, which extends over about 1000 km along the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. It is the largest coral reef in the western hemisphere and the second-largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

With more than 65 species of rock corals, 350 species of molluscs, and over 500 fish species, the Mesoamerican Reef is a natural refuge for protected and endangered species. And certanly a great place to put the mask and immerse in the treasures that its water have to explore.

Dazzling arrays of different types of coral form this underwater wilderness, and provide homes and food to hundreds of fish species, marine turtles, and sharks. Along the shores, mangroves provide habitat for fish and shorebirds as well as protect coastal areas from the damage associated with hurricanes and strong storms.

 

In Agua Clara, we feel extremly fortunate of having so many amazing reefs around us.

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It is logical to consider that visiting these places represents a great privilege that, in addition to enjoying, we should treasure and maintain.

We believe that the first step toward generating environmental awareness and protect these natural areas is to experience nature in its original state by engaging in eco tourism activities with minimal impact and providing information about the delicate balance that sustains it.

The tours offered by us are designed to convey the consequences of a natural act over another, to understand the ecosystem in question as a whole.

 

 

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Terms and conditions Tours Agua Clara diving Tulum

Cancellation By You:
The lead name on the booking must give notice to cancel the tour in writing or mail at our office and we shall refund the tour cost after deduction cancellation charges as under.

In order to cover our expected loss from the cancellation of the booking there is set scale of charges which must be paid by you or any one traveling with you;

From the booking date till the departure date, 50% of the deposit of the tour/package cost is chargeable 5 days before your departure and 100% after this period.

Changes Made By Us Before Travel:
We reserve the rights to do any change in your Tour program due to unexpected conditions. If you do not want to accept a significant change, which we will tell you about before you depart, we will (if we are able to do so) offer you an alternative tour of equivalent or closely similar standard and price at no extra cost, or a less expensive tour, in which case we will refund the difference in price. If you do not wish to take the alternative we offer you, you can choose a different tour offered for sale by us and pay, or receive a refund of, any price difference. Or, if you prefer, you can cancel your tour and receive a full refund of deposits, which you have paid to us, except for any amendment charges of Rs 1500.00.

Unless the change is as a result of circumstances such as fighting, disturbance, terrorist movement, natural tragedy, fire, bad weather conditions, we will pay you 100% compensation for your deposit.

Circumstances Beyond Our Control:
We cannot pay any compensation, reimburse expenses, or cover losses for any amount or otherwise accept responsibility, if as a result of circumstances beyond our control, we have to change your tour after booking, or we, cannot supply your tour, as we had agreed, or you suffer any loss or damage of any description. When we refer to circumstances beyond our control, we mean any event that we could not foresee or avoid, even after taking all reasonable care. Such circumstances will usually include, but are not limited to, war, threat of war, airport closures, epidemic, natural or nuclear disaster, terrorist activity, civil unrest, industrial dispute, bad weather.

Your Responsibility:
We want all our customers to have an enjoyable, carefree holiday. But you must remember that you are responsible for your actions and the effect they may have on others. If we, or another person in authority, believe your actions could upset, annoy or disturb other customers or our own staff, or put them in any risk or danger, or damage property or you are unfit to travel, we may end your tour and terminate your contract. You and your travelling party will be prevented from using your booked accommodation, transport, and any other Travel Arrangements forming part of your booking and we will not be liable for any refund, compensation or any other costs you have to pay. Alternatively at our discretion, you may be permitted to continue with your tour but may have additional terms of carriage imposed upon you.

In addition to the above and the effect your actions may have on others, you must particularly also bear in mind that you are responsible for your safety, and that you are responsible for the condition of the property you occupy. We are not responsible for any accidents which occur in or around irresponsible behavior or for any accidents which occur anywhere on properties because of glass, china or the like which you have broken and/or have left in a way in which injury can result.

We expect that you will enjoy your holiday with us. We appreciate that you may well drink alcohol as part of your enjoyment. You must, however, do so responsibly and we will have no liability to you for any injury, loss or damage you suffer as a result of your judgment being impaired wholly or partly by alcohol.

We will hold you and the members of your travelling party jointly and individually liable for any damage to the accommodation, furniture, apparatus or other materials located within the accommodation, together with any legal costs we incur in pursuing a claim. It is your duty to report any breakages, defects or damage to an appropriate person immediately.

If your behavior or the behavior of any members of your travelling party causes any diverted we and/or the carrier will hold you and those members jointly and individually liable for all costs incurred as a result of that diversion. We cannot accept liability for the behavior of others in your accommodation, or for any facilities/services withdrawn as a result of their action.

If You Have A Complaint:
We aim to provide the best tour possible. However, if you are not satisfied please complain as soon as possible to the relevant person (for example, the accommodation management or transport supplier). If they cannot help, you must tell your tour Representative and we will do everything reasonably possible to sort the problem out. If you are still not satisfied, If you do not have the services of a Representative, you must contact us at the given Email ID or Phone Number. No complaints or refund requests for the same be entertained after the tour ends.

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Elegant Turtles in the Reef of Tulum: Photo Gallery

This photo gallery contains a collection of amazing photos of turtles that you can see when snorkeling or diving in the coral reef of the Mexican Riviera Maya. This turtles can be found in the area of Tulum were the turtles are part of a rich ecosystem. This beautiful animals can be witnessed in their natural environment following strict rules to protect them. Raising awareness about the importance of their preservation is the main objective of our project.

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Amazing snorkel video of Akumal

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Akumal bay is located 25 to 30 km north from Tulum. It represent one of the best reef snorkeling sites around Tulum. The closeness of the coral barrier to the beach and the rich algae soil beneath it, provides food to many resident turtles, stingrays and a big variety of reefs.
In this video, we get to see different spices of the mesoamerican barrier reef.
The main stars of this video are: A gray american stingray ( Dasyatidae) laying on the sea grass and then we have the privilege of watching an eagle spottedray ( Myliobatidae) flying through emerald waters.
Stingrays are a cartilaginous fish related to sharks with barbed stingers on the tail, which are used exclusively used in self-defense. The stinger may reach a length of approximately 35 cm (14 in), and its underside has two grooves with venom glands. The stinger is covered with a thin layer of skin, the integumentary sheath, in which the venom is concentrated.We like to call them the UNDEWATER BIRDS.
We also see a school of snappers with two sergeant fishes behind a coral wall, a green and a hawksbill turtle sliding their fins in the shallow waters of Akumal.
We hope you enjoy this video!

Amazing snokel at akumal beach from Agua Clara Project on Vimeo

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June 2014 The Month of the Oceans

Yes, June 2014 is the Month of the Oceans, a month to celebrate and think about the Oceans of our lovely planet.

New scientific studies will be released this month: the research is one of the first to value the carbon sequestration role of the high seas as well as the launch of the Global Ocean Commission.

You can read more about The month of the Oceans June 2014 at the website of the Global Ocean Comission.WORLDS OCEAN MONTH

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Cenote Diving Tulum: Once upon a time… in the Xibalba

Here we go with a video taken on a scuba dive in Dos Pisos cave system, what a smooth and beautiful dive!!. The shallowness and incredibly decorated passages of this part of the cave system make a very good place where to go for a very long breath taking scuba dive. Hope that the video can transmit a bit of the peace and sacredness we got to feel on this cave dive.

Once upon a time… in the Xibalba from Agua Clara Project on Vimeo.

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Video: Family Eco Tour to Tankah Reserve-Park Cenotes Tulum, Mexico

In Tulum Mexico is possible to engage family eco tours and activities in amazing natural locations. Aguaclara shares this video where you can see the style of our family eco tours that we are offering. The experience includes snorkeling in the amazing cenotes of Tulum, Zipline and swimming in cenotes.

Hi friends, this post includes a video that we made in Tulum during an eco Tour with a family in Tulum, Mexico, our friends of the Ocampo family: Juan, Camila and their two little suns.

We went to the reserve of the Tankah Park that is located close to Tulum town. When we arrived to the Location we visited a cenote, experienced the amazing zipline (in spanish “tirolesa”) over the Naval cenote.

After this we learn to use snorkeling masks and practiced a little of swimming in the Cenote Azul. To end the tour we had a tasty lunch with a authentic Mayan style. Enjoy Friends!

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Diving in Tulum Caves and Cenotes: Cave Diving into Jail House

Eco tours into the Tulum Cenotes, Mexico
This Cenote, part of Naranjal cave system offers some incredible cave dives that go from very dark passages to salty water light full ones, megaterio bones and some incredibly nice decorated areas like the one we visited on this dive, the swiss siphon, it is in the salty part of the cave but amazingly keeps a lot of it`s formations in a weird eroded way. Enjoy it!

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CENOTES

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Cenotes: holes in the ground that connect the surface with the underground rivers of the región. Natural wonders forged in a millenary process that will captivate your senses with a perpetuity only comparable to the time it took their formation!

A cenote (from the Maya “ts’ono’ot” or water whole) is, by definition, an opening in the ground that connects the underground rivers to the surface. The word “cenote” comes from the mayan word “ts´onot” and means “hole with water”.

To understand cenotes in technical way first WE need to know some facts about the place where they are found, (which is?) the Yucatan Peninsula. The whole peninsula is made out of limestone, which was formed millions of years ago (while it was under the sea) by the sedimentation and compaction of sea animal shells. Like the shells that formed it, limestone is mainly composed of calcium carbonate, a compound that is soluble in acidic water. It is also a highly porous and permeable rock. Consequently, when the rain falls (it rains) in the Peninsula, the water (which is acidic[1]) rapidly drains through the rock, slowly dissolving it in the process. As a consequence of this we have two phenomenons: first, the Peninsula has much fewer superficial rivers than it should considering the quantity of water that precipitates in the area; and second, the ground is carved by water, creating caves and underground rivers. These caves grow bigger and bigger with time (THOUSANDS OF YEARS) and eventually the roof of these caves gets too thin to support their own weight and collapse, creating an opening to the surface known as cenote.

But understanding cenotes scientifically really don´t tells us much of what they really MEAN and the impact they can have on us. Some people describe them as god´s made gothic churches, some other simply don´t have the words to describe what they feel when they first see a cenote. A mixture of magnificence and mysticism that will make your knees shake and wonder how many other marvels of the world you are still missing. Dare to get in the underground world of the cenotes under the guidance of Agua Clara and burn in your eyes a sight that you will never forget!

List of some cenotes The clarity of the water and the rock formations, which result from a long history of erosion, convert them into one of the most interesting and unique diving, swimming, or snorkelling experiences. The process of the phenomenon is the following: They start out as an underground chamber,result from the dissolution of rock with rain water.

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Cenotes surroundings are very rich in animal life. Iguanas of all colours can be seen while our Eco Tours in Tulum.
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Mot Mot Bird relaxing in a branch.

Cenotes were formed during the lowering of the sea level caused by glaciar eras. The cenotes were formed during the widening of the subterranean river networks, as they made their way to the sea. Protect the Cenote: Swimming in natural spaces while wearing non organic mosquito repellent or sunscren affects the ecosystem significantly. Therefore, we ask you to use biodegradable products and to shower before jumping. .

List of the Cenotes near Tulum

All of these cenotes are part of our guided eco tours both for snorkeling and scuba diving

At Agua Clara Diving and Sorkeling Eco Tours Tulum we offer both scuba diving eco tours into the cenotes and also snorkeling tours for all the family to enjoy not only one cenote but a selection of the best ones near Tulum area.

 

 

[1] Rain water gets acidified by the dissolution of air´s carbon dioxide and of the organic acids that result from the decomposition of the jungle´s organic mater.

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CENOTE DOS OJOS – DIVE & SNORKEL SITE

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This article is about CENOTE DOS OJOS – A SPECTACULAR DIVE & SNORKEL SITE

Cenotes Dos Ojos , Tulum, Mexico Scuba diving tours
Cenotes Dos Ojos , Tulum, Mexico Scuba diving tours. East eye.

Scuba Diving in the legendary Cenotes of Tulum

Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum

2 tanks  Difficulty: Easy  Dive certification required

Map of Cenote dos ojos, Tulum Mexico
Map of Cenote dos ojos, Tulum Mexico

Dos ojos (Two Eyes) refers to two neighboring cenotes that are connected by a large cavern and that seem to look into the subterranean river. Dos ojos laso refers to a flooded cave system located north of Tulum, on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The original explorations of this water system, one of the largest in the world, started in these cenotes.In May 2013 the total length of the combined system measures 310.95 kilometers (193.22 mi). Dos Ojos was filmed for IMAX in 2002 and for BBC/Discovery in 2006. Dos Ojos is an excellent place to do the first dive in a cenote due its wide spaces, cristal clear waters and heavy sediment, making less risky the removal of it. This cenote dive site cosist of two independent circuits: The first dive starts at the Barbie line, a 750 mts line of wide spaces and big  light entrances. We always start the dive with this line because its very close to the surface and its a great way of getting aquainted to the feeling of the fresh water, were there is less buoyance and the changes are faster and more delicate. The duration of this dive is 45 minutes and the maximum depth is 10 mts. The second dive cirucuit is called the Bat cave, a completely different experience, the bat cave is and adjacent cenote, next to dos ojos, and represents a much more preserved enviroment, mainly due the fact that the roof of the cenote hastn´t collapsed yet and all the formations around it maintain in very good shape. The dive circuit has a lenght of 450 mts, is darker and takes about 35 minutes. If you are interested in this dive, please chek our cenote diving tours page.

List of the Cenotes near Tulum

Scuba Diving in the legendary Cenotes of Tulum

All of these cenotes are part of our guided eco tours both for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you are planning to visit Mexico to discover this amazing natural places, do not hesitate in contacting us we offer personalized scuba diving eco tours into the cenotes of the Mayan Riviera. Contact Us

Click on the Cenotes to find details about each of them:

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CASA CENOTE / DIVE & SNOKEL SITE TULUM

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Eco Tours into  Cenotes around Tulum, Mexico

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Casa cenote is an open cenote that is located right next to the sea and connected to it via a huge cave. It has fresh water coming from the underground river, salty water coming from the ocean connection and it is completely surrounded by mangrove. All this turns it in to a very special place.  It is home to many young fish that seek refuge from sea currents inside its calm waters and also to many fresh water fish that belong to the cenotes ecosystems. Both ocean and cenote fish share this peace of paradise. Also many birds like egrets and cormorants love it here and we can see them in and out of the water. Since it is very well protected and so full of wonders this cenote is ideal for almost every body. Snorkelers, scuba diving students, scuba divers that need a refresher or even very experienced divers that want to check out its magic. It offers beautiful mangrove views, algae gardens, under the mangrove caverns and all of the inhabitants that use this place protection. The Scuba Dives taken here go to a maximum depth of 8 m (24 feet) and last for about 45 min. Difficulty: Very Easy. Dives: 1.   

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Snorkeling in Tulum – Photos of a cenote snokel tour in tulum, mexico canals

Casa cenote es la boca de un río subterráneo que se conecta por una gran cueva al mar. Esta localizado a unos 10 Km al norte de Tulum. El tamaño de la cueva y su cercanía con el mar dan como resultado un ecosistema de agua salobre, con grandes areas de manglar en sus alrededores y habitantes de estuario.
Casa cenote es un sitio ideal para aprender a bucear, ya que cuenta con areas poco profundas arenosas y cuenta con los requisitos de agua confinadas para realizar ejercicios. Es un sitio que por su gran belleza, es recomendado también para buzos experimentados, ya que a pesar de estar tan cercano al mar, mantiene una muy buena visibilidad la mayor parte del año.
En este cenote es posible encontrar mojarras, guppies, lenguados, cormoranes (hermosas aves pescadoras) e incluso morenas!

List of the Cenotes near Tulum

Scuba Diving in the legendary Cenotes of Tulum

All of these cenotes are part of our guided eco tours both for snorkeling and scuba diving

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CENOTE THE PIT / DIVE SITE TULUM

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The Pit Cenote – Eco Tours into the Cenotes around Tulum, Mexico

Located 5km from the federal highway next to Xel-ha, cenote the pit is one of the deepest (underwater caves or sinkholes) in the state of Quintana Roo.It is part of Dos Ojos cave system (same as cenote Dos Ojos) and it represents an amazing dive site around Tulum due the following reasons: – Exceptional clarity of the water with visibility of more than 100 mts (310 ft). – Amazing light beans like the one coming in from the hole where we start the dive that during the summer penetrates the cavern for more than 40 mts down (120 ft). – A 5 mts (15 ft) thick hydrogen sulfide cloud created by the decomposition of organic matter fallen in the past with fallen trees from the jungles coming out of it. – Lots and lots of giant and tiny stalactites pointing at the bottom endless cave.

Before doing this scuba dive is very important taking in count the following things: – Scuba diving in cenote the pit requires previous deep scuba diving and cavern scuba diving experience – Always go with a full cave diver guide. – When you dive in this cenote, check your air constantly, remember on the depth you spend more air: At 40 mts (120 ft) deep you breath 5 times more compressed air. – Check your computer for decompression limits. – While passing trough the cloud stay very close to your guide and if you loose orientation watch for your bubbles to know we the surface is. – Dive up really slow. – Don`t forget to take in count your safety stop when you calculate your air. You should follow the rule of thirds as far as air control. The dive we operate in this cavern usually lasts for about half an hour.

Diving in the Pit is an amazing experience, if you are interested in diving it, feel free to check our diving tours Learn more about the different cenotes in the area.

Difficulty: Hard

Amount of dives: 1.

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List of the Cenotes near Tulum

Scuba Diving in the legendary Cenotes of Tulum

All of these cenotes are part of our guided eco tours both for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you are planning to visit Mexico to discover this amazing natural places, do not hesitate in contacting us we offer personalized scuba diving eco tours into the cenotes of the Mayan Riviera. Contact Us

Click on the Cenotes to find details about each of them:

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CENOTE CARWASH DIVE & SNORKEL SITE TULUM

Eco Tours into the Cenotes around Tulum, Mexico

Carwash (or aktun ha, meaning water cave in mayan) refers to a Cenote and to a cave system that started been explored from this cenote.  It   was one of  the first  cenotes where cave divers got in to and they called it like that because since it is really close to the road that connects Tulum with Merida  taxi drivers used to go there to wash their cars.

The open water part of this cenote is like a little lagoon that holds a beautiful underwater garden where there are a few different fish, couple turtles and even a small crocodile living in.The cavern dive we operate here starts  in the garden area and goes  straight in to the cavern area. Since the cavern is used by cave instructors to train students there is no already placed guide line and the guide has to place it, this gives  an exploration feeling that is pretty cool. Speleothemes in this cavern are black, stained by  the tanic acid that passed once trough the cavern. The cavern is pretty big and in my opinion the most beautiful part of the dive is the view of the light getting in to the garden part and lighting the fallen trees you get as you are heading back to the entry. For finishing, as we do the safety stop we have a nice look around the garden and try to look for the different inhabitants that live here.

This Cavern dive is  easy, the spaces you dive trough are very big, the way in seems dark but as you turn back you can always see the sun light, and there is thin sediment in the bottom but since the cavern is huge there is no need to swim close to it. Recommendable to dive in one of the beginner caverns (like Dos Ojos and Gran Cenote) before diving it but doesn`t require super skills.

Amount of dives: 1

Difficulty: Medium.

List of the Cenotes near Tulum

All of these cenotes are part of our guided eco tours both for snorkeling and scuba diving

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CENOTE ANGELITA / DIVE SITE TULUM

Diving Tulum, Cenote Angelita

Eco Tours into the Cenotes around Tulum, Mexico

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Angelita is a very unique and special place to scuba dive in, hardly ever experienced, it resembles to be diving in an horror movie.

It is an uncovered huge hole  in the middle of a very thick jungle that goes down to 204 ft (66 m). It`s most amazing feature is a 4.5 ft (1.5 m) thick hydrogen sulfide cloud that starts at 83 ft (27 m). This forms out of the decomposition of the trees and leaves that fall from the jungle into the cenote and accumulates where the fresh and the salty water meet (halo cline). As you are getting in to the cloud it seems that you are getting to the bottom of the cenote, but guau, suddenly your guide starts despairing in to it!. As you get below the cloud the visibility goes fine again but this time since you are under the cloud it`s dark (of course we take lights with us). Since the jungle around the cenote is so thick it has gotten lots and lots of vegetable material that apart of forming the cloud have formed a mountain in the cenote that is fully covered with this jungle peaces. My favorite part of the dive is the view of the pick of this mountain you get as you are coming out the cloud, it just gets some meters in top of it, so it seems as the pick of a creepy mountain coming in top of a cloud. In the slow way up we get in to a cave that does a loop in to the main hole  and we can appreciate a few trees that are still hanging from the walls of the cenote.

On the scuba dive we operate here we go down to a 120 ft (40 m) and we make a bottom time of about half an hour. It requieres to be an experienced scuba diver, with experience in deep diving and cavern diving to dive in this cenote.

Dificulty: Very Hard

Amount of dives: 1

Scuba diving video shot in Cenote Angelita, Tulum by Agua Clara Diving Tulum diveshop located in Tulum. The video shows the amazing “clouds” that form in the cenote depths. Angelita in spanish means “little angel”.

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Diving Tulum, Cenote Angelita

List of the Cenotes near Tulum

All of these cenotes are part of our guided eco tours both for snorkeling and scuba diving

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Eco Tours a los cenotes alrededor de Tulum, Mexico

[imagebrowser id=36] Angelita es un lugar muy unico y especial para practicar buceo scuba, nunca en mis años de buzo he encontrado algo similar, es difícil de describir pero parece como estar buceando en una película de terror.

Es un agujero sin techo enorme en el medio de una selva muy densa que baja a unos 66 m (204 pies) de profundidad. Su mejor encanto es una nube de sulfato de hidrogeno de un metro y medio de espesor (4.5 pies) que empieza a los 27 metros de profundidad. Esta se forma por la descomposición de los arboles y hojas de la selva que caen al cenote y se acumula en el punto a donde se juntan el agua dulce y el agua salada (halocina). Cuando te vas acercando a la nube parece que te estas acercando al fondo del cenote pero no, guau!, el guía de repente desaparece en la nube. Una vez debajo de la nube la visibilidad vuelve a ser buena pero es oscuro porque la nube no deja pasar la luz, por supuesto que llevamos lamparas para este momento. Como la selva al rededor del cenote es tan espesa se ha juntado una cantidad impresionante de materia vegetal que ademas de formar la nube ha formado una montaña completamente cubierta de pedazos de selva sobre la que buceamos bajo la nube. Mi parte favorita de este buceo es apenas es la vista que hay de la punta de esta montaña cuando se sale de la nube, la punta esta apenas unos metros por encima de la nube y da la apariencia de un terrífico pico saliendo de una nube. En el lento ascenso a la superficie entramos a una pequeña cueva que hace un loop de regreso al hueco principal y podemos apreciar varios troncos de arboles que han quedado colgados de las paredes del cenote.

El  buceo scuba que operamos aquí bajamos a 40 m (120 pies) y hacemos un tiempo de fondo de una media hora. Para bucear en este cenote se requiere ser un buzo experimentado con experiencia en buceo profundo y de cavernas.

Dificultad: Muy difícil

Cantidad de buceos: 1

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What is the Mangrove? Discover Tulum natural wonders

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red mangroceMangroves are various types of trees that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtropics, mangroves survive to extreme environments. They belong to the family of plants Rhizophoraceae, and can tolerate broad ranges of salinity, temperature, and moisture, as well as other key environmental factors that only a select few species can take. Across the globe the location of mangroves usually runs parallel to coral reefs. The relationship between the two is clear: mangroves thrive in brackish, nutrient-rich waters, while coral reefs thrive in clear, nutrient-poor waters. Mangroves act to purify the water from human wastes and pollutants, and in doing so, coral reefs are less effected. The coastline is protected because the roots of mangroves act to trap sediments that would otherwise be washed back out by the waves. Moreover, mangroves provide a habitat for many different species of animals, including bats, lobsters, manatees, and birds. The roots and branches of mangroves provide an ideal site for animals to feed, mate, and give birth.

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Tulum Diving: Diving in a cenote with tannic acid | Cenote Diving Tulum Photo Gallery

After every day with strong rain, the mangrove releases a substance that changes the color of the water in cenotes called tannic acid, although some people might think of it a dirty substance affecting the visibility while diving, the substance released by the mangrove is very important for the health of our coral reefs in Tulum.

Tannic acid is a naturally occurring substance derived from plants which stains water a brown color, the structure of the tannic acid in water aids in preserving coral reefs. The destruction of mangrove forests in the coastal wetlands is drastically decreasing the amount of natural tannins in the water and thus subjecting the nearby coral reefs to undue UV radiation.

This substance lies on the surface of the cenote, and the best way to appreciate it is diving in it, this phenomenon can be seen in Tulum after a strong rain.

One of the main attractives of cenotes are the visual effect you can appreciate in them. Read more about cenotes 

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CENOTE DREAMGATE / DIVE SITE TULUM

Eco tours into the Cenotes of Tulum, Mexico

Cenote Dream Gate

scuba_diving_dream_gate_tulum Dream Gate refers to a cenote surrounded by a big cavern that it is part of Sac Aktun underwater cave system (like Gran Cenote and Casa Cenote). It is located around 10 km north of Tulum, and in my opinion it is the cavern in the area that has the most and nicest speleothemes (cave formations), the cavern is completely full of stalactites, columns and stalagmites.

There are two independent circuits for diving in this cavern: The upstream line and the down stream line. The upstream line is the nicest decorated one, at the furthest away point of it there is an air pocket with a fully decorated ceiling where we come in to the surface. When heading back to the entry the view of the light getting in to the cenotes and the stalactites making contrast with the light is just breathe taking.  This dive takes about 35 min to be dived and the maximum depth of it is 5 m (15 ft). The downstream line is quite different;  it’s also  fully decorated and it connects with an other cenote, in the way there are a lot of roots from the jungle getting in to drink water, and at the furthest away point of the circuit you can see the light from the other cenote coming in. This dive bottom times and depth are pretty similar to the upstream dive ones, 35 min, 5 m (15 ft)

Scuba Diving in this cavern is recommendable for people that has been diving in some of the beginner caverns before (and felt confortable in them) because it is quite small, fragile and in parts dark.

Amount of dives: 2

Difficulty: Hard

List of the Cenotes near Tulum

All of these cenotes are part of our guided eco tours both for snorkeling and scuba diving

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PUNTA LAGUNA /NATURAL RESERVE

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Punta Laguna is a natural protected area of 5,200 hectarias,  populated by a small mayan community located 80 km away from Tulum towards Nuevo Xcan.

This old jungle is habitated by 500 spider monkeys and a few howler monkeys. Its lushed vegetation includes a vast variety of senior trees and a 700 year  Pich tree, crowning a sacred place to do traditional mayan blessings.

The reserve sorrounds a beautifull lagoon of 2 Km long where, as part of the ecoturistic development of the mayan community, they offer camping, cannoing and zipline

Agua clara offers tours to this magnificent reserve while supporting a true rural mayan community to find alternative economic activities, friendly wiht their amazing enviroment. More about the tour…