This was my second tour with Viajes Conciencia with Adrian as guide. As last year, he custom designed the day for me. Our day began at the small Mayan ruins at Xel-Ha. Not visited by tour buses, Xel-Ha boasts several buildings dating to the 600’s AD which are accessible and explorable. Two or three have protected areas where I saw paintings done by the Maya People 1400 years ago—hands, geometric patterns, and designs. The grounds are shady and lush with tropical plants and animals all of which Adrian can name. Majestic Iguanas protect their domains with a bob of the head, and I saw a felled tree that rebirthed itself by growing new roots! Near the cenote, a field of limestone displays varied fossil patterns, themselves worth the visit.
After a delicious lunch in a small restaurant in a modern Mayan community, we drove a long, bumpy road—inaccessible to tour buses—to an underground cenote. As Adrian explained, cenotes are connected by tunnels or long caves that eventually empty their water into the Caribbean. Into the Heart of the Earth we descended and enjoyed more than an hour walking, or floating, in warm water with only our flashlights to illuminate the way. We wound through large and small spaces in awe of the stalactites and stalagmites, stopping to admire the configurations and the tiny tips where new deposits were forming. For me, this was an opportunity to experience yet another aspect of our Mother Earth, inside her very heart.
Adrian is knowledgeable, wise, insightful, organized, accommodating, and very personable. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. I’m looking forward to my next trip with him and Viajes Conciencia next year. I highly recommend Viajes Conciencia.
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