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Xcaret: Part 2 – A World of Jellyfish

After our gorgeous boat ride through Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park in the Mayan Riviera, we spent many happy hours wandering at our leisure.

Julio, our host from Royal Holiday, was a jolly and adventurous sort who joined us in donning life jackets, goggles and snorkels to float down an amazing underground river. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. I confess I’m claustrophobic by nature and was a bit nervous about this venture, but I had the time of my life! The caverns are huge and I didn’t feel confined or scared. Occasional openings from above sent shafts of sunlight streaming down into the water, turning the river a glowing turquoise that sparkled magically. The river meandered through caves and tunnels, emerging into open air now and then along banks lined with tropical plants before opening into a broad expanse filled with brightly colored fish. It was marvelous!!

After we showered and got dressed, the sun dried us in no time and we were ready to continue our explorations.

Our next stop was an aquarium filled with all sorts of amazing moray eels, bright blue fish, and starfish and sea urchins we could actually touch. My favorites were the jelly-fish. Their diaphanous bodies and feathery tentacles are so delicate, undulating gently through the water.

I love aquariums. The unearthly light and wondrous creatures never fail to delight me and make me feel like I’ve been transported to another world.

Do you like aquariums? What are your favorite sea creatures to watch?

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Carole 68 - Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment ! I didn’t have much time to come visit yours, and I just hopped by today but will be coming back for sure, your pictures are gorgeous !
Have a nice day, stay warm πŸ™‚

LindyLouMac - How brave of you to do that I do not think I would have been able to. Those jellyfish look amazing!

Elise - The photos of the jellyfish look amazing!

RamblingTart - Aren’t they beautiful, Lindy Lou? I just love them. πŸ™‚ Unless they sting me, of course, then I do NOT love them. πŸ™‚

Faith - What an amazing experience! Your pictures are really gorgeous, and I can just imagine how exciting it must have been to be there. Love that picture of you too, it has a very ethereal look to it!

Tuula M - Wow, beautiful! Agree with Faith, love that photo of you – so very pretty & your eyes tell the whole story…totally caught up in the beauty of the moment, what a great trip Krista!

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Andi - Loooove aquariums! I always try to dive at every aquarium I visit. Atlanta’s the best in my opinion. Although Melbourne’s is pretty fabulous as well. I heart jelly fish (so gorgeous!), but my fave is the seahorse. πŸ™‚

Nicole - Snorkeling through an underground river sounds fantastic, Krista! We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium this past summer, tons of jellyfish there!

Anna Johnston - I love diving & when you come on down to Australia you have to get some serious diving in Krista, the reefs are awesome & you’ll find an amazing world so different than ours πŸ™‚ Love the pictures, there amazing but since seeing the Will Smith movie I’m a bit concerned about them (shudder)…, they are the most graceful things though aren’t they.

MiraUncut - ooo…pwetty…i really love watching invertebrates…so intriguing

Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Jelly fish are fascinating, they look like parachutes to me. My favourite animals to watch in the aquarium are the seals though as they are so sociable!

Duchess - What a wonderful pic there at the end. I’m obsessed with Sea horses, always have been.

bellini - I have always had a fascination with seahorses even as a child.

tasteofbeirut - I love marine life and looking at it from a safe distance! I would not want to be bitten by a jellyfish!

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