Swimming somewhere different

The guide book said “buy some postcards while you are there are you will be disappointed with your photographs” It was right! Nonetheless, have just sent a few very pleasant hours splashing around in both the X’keken Cenote and it’s neighbour across the road Samulha Cenote. After cycling there in the sticky heat we were ready for some cold refreshment.

Samulha Cenote

X’keken Cenote

This is listed as the most photographed and famous in the Yucatan state. It’s a cave accessed by a stone steps descending about 15m to reveal clear emerald water with large stalactites and stalagmites.

For more info in Cenotes, this is from my guide book:

A cenote is a natural phenomenon, a sinkhole in the Earth’s surface, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, where its believed there are almost 7,000 of them. The name comes from the Mayan word “dzonot” or “ts’onot” which means sacred well. Cenotes were the main source of fresh water for the ancient Mayan civilization. Mayans believed the cenotes contained curative elements and considered many of them to be sacred. They also believed cenotes to be portals to the underworld and a way to communicate with the gods.

Even better,  here’s a link to a recent article from National Geographic on one just recently explored: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140116-maya-mexico-yucatan-cenote-bones-haunted-taboo-archaeology-science/

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