I dipped a toe in first…cold! A cenote is a sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. In the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings. Gulp! I can imagine this as I peer down into the absolutely crystal clear water. Gary and I and a few other sacrificial victims, uh, tourists, are going to snorkel and swim the river to the ocean. 

Sorry but I can’t take any photos because, first, I just have to plunge in or loose my nerve and second, no way to bring my phone or camera. I can tell you, it was amazing! We felt the upwelling of the water from the underground river and the current moves pretty swiftly. There are schools of bright colored fish, orangy little crabs and on one of the branches overhead, a black eagle perched. Sometimes the river eddys into sunlit pools, but most of the time it is a narrow channel big enough for one person, with a mangrove and vine woven roof.  

The river is joined by a second river and the flow of current is so strong that when I tried swimming back into the mangroves, it was totally impossible.  We were pushed out toward the ocean, like it or not!

I did like it! The ocean water is much warmer. 


You need to swim around two jettys to reach the beach.


That was fun! Now time to collapse in the cabanas and order some “refreshment.”

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  1. Lynne Laino says

    Wow!! You two are such adventurers!! But how beautiful!

  2. Terry,
    Have a wonderful time! As I text this post I am at Isle Mujures. A island off the coast of Cancun–ironically I have never been in Cancun but love this little gem of a island!! Hola!!!