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?