El Centro Investigador del Sistema Acuífero de Quintana Roo A.C. (CINDAQ) facilitates research, promotes education and supports the conservation of the natural and cultural resources associated with the cenotes and underground rivers of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
photo: Denis Tapparel, Sistema Ox Bel Ha, Cenote Jade Pearl 2003
Our vision is for the establishment of a regional model of sustainable tourism and development that serves as an example for other similar areas.
El Centro Investigador del Sistema Acuífero (CINDAQ AC) was established in 2000 in order to provide a legitimate mechanism to apply for grants and receive donations for our efforts. Our primary dive team has more than 70 years of combined experience exploring, mapping and studying the underground rivers of this area. We have performed over 15,000 dives which translates into tens of thousands of hours of valuable experience and lessons learned both above and below the water. Our goal is to use our expertise to further the knowledge of the extent of these caves. We do this by incorporating current technology to aid us in locating, mapping and documenting the caves. With the information that we are able to generate we can help direct and coordinate scientific study of the aquifer and in turn use that information to educate the public at large.
Past and present support has come from:
The Summit Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
The National Geographic Society Waitt Grants Program
The Texas State Aquarium
The Science Museum of Long Island
Texas State University
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Alltournative SA de CV
The Mayakoba Classic
The Travel Foundation
The Strauss Family Foundation
Halcyon Dive Equipment
Global Underwater Explorers
Zero Gravity Dive Center
We are extremely grateful for all the past and continuing support we have received from these institutions and our private donors.
Our efforts have been featured on numerous documentary films from the BBC, National Geographic, PBS/NOVA, NHK and CNN International and in print as well.