[We’ve teamed up with the awesome people at Travel Basecamp, a docu-video travel guide series, to learn more about the way they travel, called basecamping. Check out THIS POST on skydiving, then dig in to THIS one on a trip to Havana, and Cancún below!]
Cancún, Mexico, is decorated with beautiful beaches, lush wildlife and rich history. It also happens to be one of the top Spring Break destinations in the world. But before you start centering your vacation plans on poolside tans and all-inclusive drinks, Travel Basecamp suggests an alternative:
Ditch the lounge chairs and take a day trip into the Yucatán jungle. You won’t be disappointed with what you find.
The independent travel blog set their fourth series’ premiere in the Yucatán peninsula, where they venture into the dense greenery to seek out natural water wells. In Mexico, these wells are called cenotes. The geological marvels can reach up to hundreds of feet below the surface and are filled with clear freshwater.
“A cenote is not only a waterhole…” Rodrigo explains, “It’s actually a sacred place. It’s something that was “sagrado” in Spanish, something really important for the Mayans.”
For some time, cenotes were the Mayans’ only source of freshwater on their limestone peninsula. Today, it is said that there are over 6,000 cenotes that lie below the floors of the Yucatán jungle.
To seek out these divine water wells, the team follows the lead of Rodrigo and his father. They’re also joined by Travel Basecamp’s freshest face, Karla Castillo, who can’t help but slightly fear the rickety pathway into the jungle.
When the trek finally reaches a cenote, the basecampers are mystified. They indulge in nature’s peaceful hideaway and challenge it’s 25-foot drop from the jungle’s surface to the hidden underworld.
The basecampers entirely break the barriers of a resort-restricted vacation by conquering a curiosity and discovering the appreciation for a local gem. “The locals take tare of these kinds of places and that’s really important,” Rodrigo concludes. “…If it wasn’t because of them, [the cenotes] wouldn’t be here.”
Check out Travel Basecamp’s website to watch more of their adventures off the beaten path.
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