Cave Diver vs. Tricky Maya Elves

Exploring the unknown often leads to surprising discoveries and unusual experiences. In this Campfire Story, underwater archaeologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Guillermo de Anda shares his “encounter” with the mythical aluxes. In Maya culture, aluxes are said to be small, elfish creatures the size of children but with adult features. Legend has it that these little gnomes love to play tricks on those who trespass on lands they safeguard.

De Anda investigates remote caves and cenotes (sinkholes) in search of ancient structures, temples, and other remnants of ancient Maya culture.