Responsible Tourism

Río Secreto ~ The Best “Green” Attraction in Mexico (Responsible Tourism) by JD Andrews

On a recent trip to Mexico, I had the opportunity to experience one of the most memorable "tours" I've ever been on. It was more like an expedition, a transformative journey deep inside the earth.

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"Río Secreto is near Playa del Carmen, you will observe natural history dating back millions of years as you hike and swim through a 600-meter route full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Go deep inside an underground cave, where you’ll experience true silence among some of the most dramatic mineral formations in the world."

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"For the 2nd consecutive year the Río Secreto nature reserve received the majority vote from thousands of tourism industry professionals and consumers, considering it to be the best “expedition” or “green attraction” in the recent awards ceremony of the World Travel Awards for the Americas (U.S.A and Canada, Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean and South America)"

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All Above Photos were provided by Río Secreto

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Our great guide Alfredo

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Alfredo explaining how the caves were discovered

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Alfredo explaining the white film on the water is calcium

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Our guide Alfredo & me after the adventure

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Travel bloggers from The US, Spain and UK.

It was amazing to eXplore the cenotes of Río Secreto!

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Planeterra help support a community center in Cusco that provides a safe haven for children coming from impoverished and unstable homes.

The community center is called Inti Runakunaq Wasin (IRW), or the House of the People of the Sun.

Many of the kids that come to this center work in the streets of Cusco selling trinkets to tourists, which leaves them at risk for violence, substance abuse, and delinquency. 

These kids have additional challenges at home – one child was physically tortured by a parent and ended up in the hospital for several months.

The IRW center runs a multifaceted program emphasizing personal development, education, vocational training, as well as specialized programs for adolescents and young adults with disabilities. 

Most children come to the center in the afternoon (after school), where they can receive assistance with homework from the teachers on staff.  They also participate in art classes, music classes, cooking classes, and vocational training where they learn to work with leather and other materials to make jewelry, bags, and binders.  IRW sells these items at local festivals to raise money for the center.

Despite some of the heart wrenching personal stories associated with the children of IRW, this is an inspiring place that reminds one that there are still so many great and generous people in the world.  An opportunity to visit IRW is yet another opportunity to infuse your Cusco adventure with a little dose of heart and understanding.

Safe Travels

~jd

"Live the Adventure"