Stalactites and Stalagmites in Rio Secreto

The stalactites and stalagmites in Rio Secreto display a complex collection of intricate rock formations. The interwoven patterns create a breathtakingly beautiful scene. The underground river flows calmly through the caves.

It is amazing when you consider that it is has taken thousands of years for the stalactites to form into their current condition. A series of geographical events of combined here to form a truly dramatic and inspirational setting.

Apparently the underground caves in Quintana Roo were first discovered by a Mexican farmer whilst digging on his land. Wow, what a discovery,
I bet he was glad that he went out to work that day.

You gain a real sense of serenity and calmness on the guided tour throughout the site. The friendly and knowledgeable guides explain how the impressive geographical features were first created.

The caves are relatively dry and the water is unexpectedly warm and pleasant. The tour of Rio Secreto lasts around one and a half hours.

It is important to take care and not be tempted to touch or disturb the formations within the limestone caves. Some of the stalactites may be fragile and could be easily broken or damaged. During the experience it will be necessary to walk, climb, duck and swim as you negotiate your way around, but the guide is always with you to help you on your way.

Rio Secreto cave openin

The Difference Between Stalactites and Stalagmites?

Stalactites and stalagmites can be found in limestone caves and caverns.
Each form originates from a solitary drop of water which passes through the ground over time into the caves below.

The chemicals and minerals present in the limestone caves combine with the water droplets to form the creation of stalactites. It can take hundreds and even thousands of years for complex rock formations (like the site at Rio Secreto) to develop.

The difference between the two is simple really, although it is common for people to describe them the wrong way around. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites raise form the ground. They grow in pairs and in some instances they can grow so long, that they actually meet in the middle and combine to create columns.

Looking up at the stalactites at Rio Secret

Visiting Rio Secreto

We found out after visiting Rio Secreto, that the site has only been open to the public for a few years now. The fact that the attraction is in its infancy in regard to tourism made the experience all the more magical for us.

Unlike many tourist hotspots these days, this is a naturally formed place and not man made.

In years to come though this unique Riviera Maya attraction could become more and more famous and will no doubt be visited by many people.

It may even be considered as one of the new wonders of the world in future years just like Chichen Itza in the neighbouring region of the Yucatan Peninsula. After entering the center, you are transported into the heart of the jungle landscape on a 15-20 minute jeep ride.

The journey can be a bit bumpy but it it is an enjoyable experience and you can take the opportunity to get to know some of your fellow travellers.

After this you progress to explore the area in groups of six to eight people and are given a full briefing from your tour guide where you can ask any questions you may have before setting off. You need to change into wetsuits and wear wet shoes and a protective helmet (which are all supplied) before making your way into the caves.

Lights out in the cenote cave in Mexic

If you're searching for vacation attractions then this is an experience that you will definitely not want to miss out on. Lunch is also included and after exiting the caves the groups will normally have share a refreshing drink together.

Discover the fascinating underground caves and unearth the spectacular settings for yourself on your next vacation to Mexico.


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