Back from the Mexico Adventure. . .

Just returned from an epic adventure trip through the Yucatan, including cave diving, kayaking, mangrove-swamp exploration, fly fishing, ruins snooping, boogie boarding, and much hammock time on the beach.

Stayed in the cool little colonial town of Valladolid for the first part of the trip; the Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an (CESiaK) was my base for the second half.

CESiaK is an amazing eco resort within Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a huge and little-explored national park/UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Tulum.

Watch for my full story on the Sian Ka’an trip soon.

Here are a few pics from the trip. . .

Cenote Dzitnup outside the town of Valladolid is essentially an underground lake. Thousands of cenotes, which are like sinkholes, dot the entire Yucatan Peninsula.

The Church of San Bernardino and Convent of Sisal (in Valladolid).

Pretty light at The Church of San Bernardino.

Chichen Itza. One of Mexico’s most famous ruin sites. I’ve climbed this pyramid in the past; the officials unfortunately do not allow it anymore.

Heading into a Mangrove swamp on Day 1 in Sian Ka’an.

Close-up of one Sian Ka’an resident.

The birds of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Guide and Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an owner Cameron Boyd fly fishing in the Sian Ka’an reserve.

Poling downriver. Exploring deep in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Mayan temple ruin in Sian Ka’an.

Boat blasts by us on a channel in the Mangroves of Sian Ka’an.

CESiaK’s dock on the edge of Sian Ka’an.

View from paradise at the CESiaK resort.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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