Dusk is turning to darkness as our tour van makes its way deeper down a gravel road, bordered on both sides by a dense rainforest. Off in the distance, torches illuminate a path leading to the mouth of Río Secreto cenote, our underground venue for this evening’s entertainment.
If you’ve travelled to Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, you have likely taken a tour or a swim in one of the area's cenotes. These natural wonders are underground caverns caused by the collapse of limestone bedrock. Beyond being the main source of freshwater for ancient Mayas thousands of years ago, they were also believed to be the entrances to the sacred underworld, which made them popular for spiritual gatherings and sacrifices.