Located in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, there’s a secret underwater river called Cenote Angelita (Spanish for Little Angel) that can be found after a 10 to 15-minute drive south of Tulum. It is a unique place to see of this kind: a thin layer of hydrogen sulfate separates the saltwater from the fresh water above it, allowing scuba diving enthusiasts to swim along this underwater creation, which looks a lot like a regular river would on the ground. There are even fallen trees and leaves on both sides of the “shores,” making this natural phenomenon look all the more surreal!
Cenotes are actually deep natural pits or sinkholes, characteristic of Mexico, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes water currents underneath.
“From the surface, you look down, and all you can see is deep blue water. <…> At about 18m/60ft you begin to see what looks like a strange wispy bottom appearing below with a few ghostly, bare limbed tree trunks and branches sticking out. As it becomes clearer, you begin to feel the first effects of narcosis at the same time as you see an expanse of wispy fog below. At the top of the cloud, you stop and look around, everything appears surreal, and a spooky feeling takes over-amplified by the effects of the nitrogen in your brain,” Maya Diving describes this hauntingly beautiful nature view, offering scuba diving trips to Angelita. Well, have you packed your equipment yet?