Hidden Worlds August 2009

By Jen McDermitt of Chan Chemuyil

We departed Chan Chemuyil for Hidden Worlds prepared for a day of jungle adventure just 2 miles south of the community. Our appetite for excitement would not be disappointed.

The staff of Hidden Worlds greeted us with smiles and holas as we began our orientation and wet suit rental before boarding the jungle buggy to venture deep into the flora and fauna. Hidden Worlds provides guests with a clean snorkel and all the equipment needed for the day. After the ten minute jungle buggy journey through the trees we arrived at the central area where we were given a locker and then harnessed up for our first ever zip line though the treetops.

Climbing the platform for the first look and peering over the edge was an adrenaline rush - but after the first leap off onto the zip line, it was a smooth ride to the other side. Six hundred feet later and back on solid ground, this seemed like a day of new memories we would not soon forget.

The next treat we were guided to was a cave cenote repelling, an exhilarating drop into the depths of darkness. It was counterintuitive to jump down into a hole, but the guides at Hidden Worlds continually reiterate that your safety is their first priority. After a hop over the edge, you are lowered into the cavern at your own pace with a guide both above and below which sets your mind more at ease. The descent into the cave was amazing and provides you with an overhead look at the grandness of the stalactites and animal life in the cenote below. After landing in the cave you are led on a snorkel tour of the cavern to examine the stalagmite formations and wildlife from a new perspective.

The adventure of the day was the cenote splashdown activity which zips you from an outside ledge and then down to the underbelly of the cave and into a crystal clear cenote lit from below. It was an exciting ride with a refreshing end!