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Cenote Swim

I knew that one of the things I wanted to do in the Yucatan was swim in a cenote. The Yucatan has some six thousand of them. Cenotes are natural pits or sinkholes that are created when limestone bedrock collapses and exposes groundwater underneath.I swam in an open cenote that was absolutely gorgeous. It is part of park called Dzibilchaltun quite close to where we are staying. It features some stunning Mayan ruins and a small museum that was closed on the day of our visit. When we arrived at the park we were virtually the only visitors so we took some time to look at the ruins on the site which was home to a Mayan community of around 20,000 people from 300 BC to 900 AD.

I stand in a Spanish chapel built in the 1600s using stones from the ancient Mayan structures.

Later in the 1600s after Spain had completed its conquest of the Yucatan they built a new community on the site.After walking all through the ruins I headed for the cenote and climbed in. I chose to ignore this sign and…spent the rest of my time swimming there in the beautiful clear water. Dave took a few photos of me and then headed off to add to his burgeoning photo library of birds in the Yucatan, while our friend Rudy did some more in depth touring of the ruins.  I was content in the cenote.   You could see right to the bottom and there were lots of little fish in the water that weren’t adverse to nibbling on my skin which kind of tickled. The center of the cenote had a lovely expanse of water lilies.  I found the water in the cenote left my skin very soft.  It was heavenly to just lie back and float in the cool cenote, my ears under water in the complete quiet, the sun on my face, the tree tops in my view.   After my walking tour of the ruins and my long swim a walk home seemed a bit much.  So we hired a little motor taxi.  A fun ending to my ceynote adventure. 

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