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Crocodile Adventure

Crocodile Adventure

21 - 31 July 2017

About Crocodile Adventure

Crocodiles, cenotes and whale sharks - This exclusive trip will take you on a very exciting adventure in Mexico. Close encounters with the fascinating saltwater crocodile, mystical cenotes and close ups with dozens of whale sharks during peak season in Mexico. 

Unique Croc encounters- Just a few years ago our partners in Xcalak found this unique place called Chinchorro Banks. Today it is one of few places in the world where you can free dive and photograph saltwater crocodiles, American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), the only crocodile species other than the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) to commonly live and thrive in salt water. The advantage of the lagoon in Chinchorro is that it is shallow (max 2 metres) and has good visibility. It is most likely that the average size of the crocodiles that you will encounter at Chinchorro will be about 3 metres long. This crocodile adventure has become extremely popular and to safeguard the crocs, it is restricted to seven persons per session at Chinchorro. For this reason, we only have six spaces plus our expedition leader for this group trip.

Cenote Magic - Underneath the Yucatan Peninsula’s seemingly solid limestone foundation, is an entire network of caves that, for the most part, have been immersed beneath the surface for thousands of years. A cenote is a cave that has had the roof collapse in where there is merely a window left to the world above. Through these windows, beyond the thick jungle vegetation, you can see the underground rivers flowing through the maze that makes up the Yucatan Peninsula. You will have the opportunity to dive in these cenotes. The cenote dives we will do will be recreational without a need for special cave or cavern diving certificate or equipment. We will focus on photogenic and scenic cenote openings with spectacular ambient light.

Massive aggregation of whale sharks - Along the Eastern shoreline of Mexico you find the Yucatan Peninsula. In the waters off of Isla Mujeres, close to Yucatan, you find one of the best places in the world to swim with whale sharks. During the summertime a lot of whale sharks gather in this area to feed on fish eggs, providing a fantastic opportunity for you to experience a close encounter with the largest fish on earth. There are a lot of whale sharks in the area, often more than one hundred, the majority of which have an approximate length of about five to six metres.

Magnus Lundgren has more than 20 years of experience guiding expeditions around the world, as well as an educator in underwater photography, giving his expeditions an extra flair. Participants on this exclusive Mexico Expedition are bound to develop their skills just by listening to him. “My goal has always been to coach participants at their ambition level so that advice and tips can lead to results there and then.

UW-photo workshop - During this adventure you will have the chance to take spectacular photographs of crocodiles in their natural environment, marine life around Chinchorro reef complex, spectacular sunlit cenote environments and big whale sharks close up. In short it will be pretty busy. Magnus will have three very informative and inspiring presentations during the trips first few evenings:

Presentation 1 -  Using natural light (getting ready for the cenote shoot)
Learn more about shooting in natural light with wide lenses and how to use a model in a big dramatic scene.

Presentation 2 - Crocodile photography

Learn how to shoot close focus wide angle (CFWA) and the basics about split (50/50) images to get ready for the American crocodile shoot.

Presentation 3 - Shooting big action while snorkling

How to get the best whale shark images while snorkling and a presentation in vital snorkling techniques.

Questions about the workshop? Your photo pro Magnus Lundgren will give briefings during the trip, as well as give photography feedback to those that would like to have it. In plenty of time prior to the trips departure, you will be sent an email giving tips about what is good to have with you on this adventure. At that time, you will also have time to ask specific questions to Magnus regarding photography in preparation of the trip: magnus@fourthelement.com.

Features

DESTINATIONAKUMAL, CHINCHORRO, CANCUN

TRIPS DURATION10 NIGHTS

TRIPS FORMATSHOREBASED

LODGING AKUMALCONDO PLAYA CARIBE

LODGING XCALAKFLYING CLOUD

LODGING CHINCHORROSMALL FISHING HOUSE

LODGING CANCUNHOTEL SOTAVENTO

TARGET GROUPDIVERS & PHOTO INTEREST

WORKSHOPUW-PHOTO

EXPEDITION LEADERMAGNUS LUNDGREN

DIVING AKUMAL2 DAYS CENOTE

DIVING XCALAK2 DAYS MARINE PARK

FREE DIVING CHINCHORRO3 DAYS WITH CROCS

FREE DIVING CANCUN2 DAYS WITH WHALE SHARKS

MAXIMUM TRAVELLERS7 PERSONS

PRICE PER PERSON$4774 USD

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About Xcalak - Mexico - Caribbean

Xcalak is a village of 375 inhabitants[1] in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Xcalak is one of the last "unspoiled" stretches of Mexican Caribbean located on the Southern end of the Costa Maya. The world's second largest barrier reef passes just off-shore from Xcalak and it is also a departure point for dive trips to the Chinchorro Banks (Banco Chinchorro) atoll reef system. It is designated a Mexican national reef park (Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak) and is an excellent site for snorkeling, scuba diving and fly fishing. 

The first settlements in the region date from the pre-Hispanic time. Nearby are the ruins of the Mayan city of Xcalak, where the name of the town comes from. These ruins though are not much compared to those at places like Uxmal and Chichen Itza. 

From Wikipedia

Crocodile Adventure day by day

Friday July 21

Arrival to Cancun Airport and group transfer to Xcalak and check in at your hotel. Accommodation - Flying Cloud Xcalak

Saturday July 22

After breakfast you will do 2 dives in Xcalak Reef National Park. Accommodation - Flying Cloud Xcalak • Meals - breakfast and lunch

Sunday July 23

Today you will get boat transfer to Chinchorro Banks and get on your first crocs encounter.You can leave your big luggage at the hotel in Xcalak since you will come back after 2 nights. Accommodation - Chinchorro Banks • Meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner

Monday July 24

Today you will be free diving with crocs the whole day. Accommodation - Chinchorro Banks • Meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner

Tuesday July 25

Free diving with crocs and then transfer back to Xcalak. Accommodation - Flying Cloud Xcalak • Meals - breakfast and lunch

Wednesday July 26

Back at Xcalak where you will make 2 more dives in Xcalak Reef National Park.Then in the afternoon you will get transfer to Condo Playa Caribe in Akumal Accommodation - Condo Playa Caribe • Meals - breakfast and lunch

Thursday July 27

Today you will go diving in Akumal, you will be doing 2 Cenotes dives Accommodation - Condo Playa Caribe • Meals - breakfast and lunch

Friday July 28

You will start the day with 2 cenote days.You will then get transfer to Hotel Sotavento in Cancun. Accommodation - Hotel Sotavento • Meals - breakfast and lunch

Saturday July 29 - Sunday July 30

These days you will do day trips on a boat looking for whale sharks and free dive with them. Accommodation - Hotel Sotavento • Meals - breakfast and lunch

Monday July 31

Departure day. Group transfer to Cancun Airport for your flight back home.

Please note!

Please note that the itinerary is only a preliminary plan. Activities can change, or may need to be exchanged, in the case of adverse weather conditions or other unexpected incidents. Your expedition leader is there to make sure that you get the most out of your holiday.

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