I’m happy to say that Jaunt Mexico not only seeks a wellness relation between our guests and our culture, but also a connection to our surroundings that awakens new sensations never experienced. And today we are going to talk about the relationship between science and mysticism in our sacred cenotes in the Riviera Maya.
Nature has always been a mystery and a friendly reminder of how small we are. Mother Earth knows why everything exists the way it does, but for us, we only have science to try to properly name every element in our lives.
“La península de Yucatán”( the Yucatan peninsula) was once fully underwater, but as the sea level started to recede, it left coral exposed, creating a limestone floor that worked as a filter for rain and eventually led to the creation of underground rivers and underwater chambers— also known as cenotes.
In the peninsula there are 10,000 cenotes, yet, no matter where you are, you will never find two that look exactly the same. There are 4 different types of cenotes, and they are classified by age.
A cenote can be categorized as old if it is completely open. It is about a million years old, and flora grows everywhere around and inside the cenote . Age is determined by the width of the entrance.
Cave cenotes are the youngest and have the best of both worlds. Incredible light for its open area, and dimly lit rocky areas that allow for fascinating underwater lily gardens. Definitely a perfect place for silent meditation.
Semi-open cenotes are the ones mostly covered with land, except for a small opening in the vault ceiling. These turquoise chambers are really hard to get to because only off-beaten paths lead there.
The Cenote Jaunt seeks to help you purify your soul and have deep encounters with the Mayan culture and Mother Earth to make you feel alive and present in the moment. The Mayas considered cenotes as life portals to the gods, the ancestors, and supernatural beings because they were the only source of water available. To show gratitude, the ancient civilization would offer different gifts such as jade, copper, gold, and even textiles to the profound waters. They were also considered perfect places to perform different curative rituals for the soul.
Now that you know the past of the cenotes, the next time we jaunt together let yourself feel alive! Seize your precious experience diving in between the flora and fauna of the region and hear yourself and your body talking during a meditation with our guru. Thank you Mayas for letting us feel alive in your cultural turquoise chambers.
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