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Central America

Cenote, Yucatan-Mexico

Located south of Cancun, Cenotes are filled with rain water all throughout the Rivera Maya. The entire Yucatan Peninsula was once a reef beneath the ocean until the water receded, in turn caused sea life to be fossilized into the walls. During the ice ages when the ocean levels were much lower than they are today, what was once a giant coral reef became exposed to the atmosphere and eventually became the Yucatan Peninsula. Massive cave systems were formed, which are also called “solution caves" because they were formed by the slightly acidic rainfall dissolving the alkaline limestone. Inside the caves the geological formations such as stalactites and stalagmites are a spectacular sight to see.

El Capulin, Moncagua, San Miguel-El Salvador
El Capulín Natural Pool, at the village of Moncagua are famed for their medicinal properties. The water flows from a series of caves in pumice.

Celeste River, Bijagua-Costa Rica

Its tuquoise coloration is a phenomenon caused by a chemical reaction between sulfur and calcium carbonate from the Tenorio Volcano.

Poás Volcano-Costa RicaTeach Through Educational Travel

The Poás Volcano is an active stratovolcano located in central Costa Rica. It has erupted 39 times since 1828. There are two crater lakes near the summit. The northern lake is known as the Laguna Caliente ("hot lagoon") and is located at a height of 2,300 m in a crater approximately 1.7 km wide and 290–300 m deep. It is one of the world's most acidic lakes. The acidity varies after rain and changes in volcanic activity, sometimes reaching a pH of almost 0; consequently, it supports little or no aquatic life. The bottom of this lake is covered with a layer of liquid sulfur. Considered by most to be one of the most breathtaking sites in the entire country, the Poás Volcano is surrounded by dense vegetation and small wildlife.

The Blue Hole-Belize

Located off the coast of Belize, the Blue Hole is actually a deep underwater cave that was covered by these waters that houses a huge number of underwater creatures.

Maderas Volcano Crater Lake-Nicaragua
Maderas has not been active in historical times. Its crater contains a crater lake and is one of the few places on the Pacific side of Nicaragua where cloud forest grows made possible by the high levels of humidity in the climate.
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