- Tulum, Mexico
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
Maybe you’re already a seasoned diver, but here in the Yucatán Peninsula, take your passion for the underwater world even further. Join us in Mexico for a diver’s paradise as you travel around the eastern edge of the country exploring tranquil waters and ancient caves. The interesting geology of the Yucatán Peninsula gives life to mysterious and stunning cenotes, the likes of which you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Dive through the active cave systems of these ancient pools and dare to discover lost Mayan treasure. Go even deeper still as you spend hours beneath the waves to earn your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Underwater Naturalist and more.
Snorkel alongside the gentle giants of Isla Holbox. This small island is famous for attracting whale sharks and those interested in swimming with them. You can soak in the exciting history of the island as you swim in an ancient King’s private pool, the site of which later became the home of a famous pirate. The Gulf of Mexico is perfect for experiencing famously beautiful sites up close. Dive off the coast of Cozumel and get cozy with the locals at the Palancar Reef and Santa Rosa Wall, which includes barracuda, moray eels and toadfish, to namedrop a few. Take your diving skills to a whole new level and join experienced cave divers in the famous cenotes of Tulum. Filled with clear water, stalagmites and treasure, these natural pools are also brimming with historical importance and numerous stories to tell.
- Setting Description:
- Explore the caves of the groundwater system in the Yucatán in the form of magical cenotes. These sinkholes are a result of the asteroid that formed the Chicxulub crater, effectively triggering the mass extinction of dinosaurs. This stunning setting is where you will advance your scuba skills in natural underground pools and in the famous reefs off the Yucatán Peninsula. Go where pirates once frequented and dive below to explore the vibrant life of coral, fish and more along steep underwater walls and in the nooks and crannies of vast reefs. Stay out in the ocean to complete training for different scuba certifications, growing your skills over just 17 action packed days. Go ashore and taste test the local food or relax on a white sandy beach after climbing the heights of ancient pyramids, where you’ll get a view of all the peninsula has to offer.
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- Scarlet Macaws, Pygmy Marmosets, and Galápagos Sea Lions!!!10/07/17
This summer, I went on the Broadreach Ecuador and Galápagos Biodiversity course and it was AMAZING. The 25-day program took place in three locations: the Andes cloud forest, the Amazon basin, and San Cristobal island of the Galápagos. It would be impossible
to choose a favorite! Throughout the entire trip, we completed a course on local ecosystems and their biodiversity. First, we hiked to the Andes cloud forest where we studied the diversity of birds on a private wildlife corridor. Each day, we had the opportunity to hike in completely untouched nature. From beautiful waterfalls to the volcano Reventador right off our balcony, we were truly immersed in the ecosystem. In the Amazon, we stayed at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, a working research station where famous biologists carry out their research. There, we spent time in the canopy tower, went piranha fishing, and did extensive nature hikes to find the animals that live there. What is incredible about Tiputini are the primates. There are 10 species within their area and out of the 10, my group saw 9 species! They are relatively calm with humans due to the scientists' presence for many years. At night, our hikes turned even more exciting with life under every leaf! We did our own research projects using the published studies and books found located Tiputini's library. I studied the leaf-cutter ant and was able to hike to a colony with our group and see them forage in real time. It was so incredible to read about them in a book and then see them in real life! San Cristobal Island of the Galapagos was the perfect ending to the trip. Our week their was life-changing. San Cristobal is supposedly the first place Darwin landed when he visited the islands. We even snorkeled where it is thought he docked his ship! Being able to swim with endemic Galápagos Sea Lions and Galápagos Green Turtles was a dream come true. Here, we researched our own hypotheses. I studied the haul-out patterns of the Galápagos Sea Lion and how it changes depending on the time of day and cloud cover at Playa Mann, a local beach five minutes from where we stayed. The opportunity to study biology in nature is truly unique and I think it is one of Broadreach's amazing talents. This truly was the educational adventure of a lifetime. I made friends I know I will have for the rest of my life, learned so much about the world around me, and got to see places I know few will see and thus better understand the pressing need to protect the biodiversity of our Earth. I am so grateful to have had this experience and would definitely recommend it to any nature lover.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend