WHAT YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF WHEN GOING ON AN ATV TOUR

Adventure ATV Tours are becoming more popular because they sound like soo much fun. And they ARE!! But even on vacation or because you are on vacation you need stay safe.Nobody wants to end up in a hospital in a foreign country!!!  So there are some safety checks and behaves you should be aware of, and you gonna have the time of your life!!

Here is my personal list of the top 5:

1) Never ride an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Thats our number 1!! I now you are on vacation and probably even in an all-inclusive resort where the booze is free and 24/7, please , please if you booked an ATV tour don’t get drunk before, a good and responsable tour operator will NOT let you drive and there is no money back either.

2) Never ride an ATV inappropriate for your age.

That basically means there are different sizes of ATVs just like bikes, kids under the age of 16 should not be allowed to ride an ATV for an adult. ATVs are difficult to handle and if it is to heavy and to big you could get seriously insured. This one is an important one for me.. I know your kids have their ATV at home and they surely are champions ,but be aware that 99% of ATV tours operators do not have ATVs for Kids!! And again you are on vacation and would not like you kid to end up in the hospital!!

3) Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

ATVs are no toys! A safe speed lets you to control your ATV under different circumstances and since you will be driving off-road there could appear a rock, a tree or even an animal .Dont go off the designated trail and always follow your tour guide.

4) Please don’t show off!!!

I hate show offs, and if it puts you and/or somebody else at risk I hate it even more;))  I think I don’t have to explain this one;)))

5) Use a Helmet , ALWAYS!!!

There are ATV tours you need to put on suites,goggles,gloves…but if it is not necesary a Helmet IS at all costs!!!

I am a 100% sure that there are a lot lot more safety tips and standards if you now them use them!!!!

There you got my 5 top on the list, drive safe and have fun!!!


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Resources:

http://www.atvsafety.org/

http://4wheeldrive.about.com/

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Cenotes – Hidden treasures at the Yucatan Peninsula

CENOTES

Today I would like to bring you closer to the open water sinkholes that are called: Cenotes( the word cenote is only used in mexico).  I loovee cenotes;))) So here I gathered some information and pictures for you, hope you enjoy!

Everybody , and I mean everybody who is visiting Cancun,Playa del Carmen,Puerto Morelos,Merida,..( mentioning those towns because they are the most frequently visited at the Yucatan Pensinsula in Mexico) should take time to visit at least one cenote during their stay!! They are spectacular , every one of them and not one is the same than the other. They say that there are around 6000 cenotes at the peninsula and about 2000 of them are censured. The rest is still undiscovered.

The word cenote comes from the mayan  word: dzonoot. The most used translation is: Well .Cenotes are sweet water sinkholes. You can find sinkholes all over the world , but the ones at the Yucatán peninsular are one of a kind. Each and every one of them!!

 

If you look closer at the Yucatan Peninsula you will see that there is no real river system or  mayor lakes here, so the only water that can be found is in its extensive underground flooded cave system,  which is only accessible through cenotes (water sinkholes) .For the ancient Mayas, beside the only fresh water resource, that’s the reason the Mayas built their cities close to a cenote,they also where the gateway to the afterlife and were used for mayan rituals. So you never know what you will find if you decide to explore.

The formation of a, what in the end is called, cenote is the result of dissolutions of rocks and subsurface voiding and the subsequent structural collapse. There 3 kind of cenotes:1) when the structure collapses completely we got  a fully open cenote,3) then we got the semi-open cenote where the structure has not completely collapsed ( yet) 3) and last but not least we got the closed one this kind is also known as cave/caverns.Some cenotes are connected underwater,  this often provides access to extensive underwater cave systems, such as Sistema Ox Bel Ha, Sistema Sac Actun/Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich and Sistema Dos Ojos, if you are a scuba diver, that would interest you. But please be careful!!

 

But be warned not just cavediving can be dangerous , you need have respect from each and every cenote, they are no swimming pools!! Often when you visit a cenote and ask how deep is it: the answer is : We do not really know! It has been explored to a certain depth, but it could go deeper. But there are cenotes that have been explored fully and their depth ranges from 10mts to 60mts. But cenotes are one hell of a nature’s creation , and if you follow all the rules and instructions, they are just a magical place to be..


To visit a cenote next time you are in Cancun or its surroundings go to

www.extremeadventurecancun.com and we take you there.