I know I've been a little MIA this last week and it was because I decided to travel with my friends and visit some 'cenotes'. Cenote comes from a mayan word which means 'hole with water', and that's what they are exactly. They are the result of thousands of years of water filtration through the ground, which in Yucatán, is mostly made of rock. They are the result, with many other factors, of the impact of the meteorite that extinguished the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, which fell in one of our beaches. I've been wanting to connect more with nature and this was a great opportunity to share some of my favorite landscapes with you.
They are located all over the peninsula; in my state we have hundreds of them; we even have one inside a Costco's parking lot, and it is thought that the majority of them haven't been discovered yet (my state is a giant piece of swiss cheese). We decided to visit some of the ones that were outside of the city, since those are the ones that are the most conserved.
The first one we visited was Chihuán, the cenote is inside a cave, it is so dark you can't even see your hand in front of you, that's why people always have to put artificial lights inside. I am sorry for the quality of the pictures, but it was so dark inside that there was no way I could take a good photo with my phone. The water is so clear you can see the bottom. This one was quite small, I think it has about 4 meters of depth only (it doesn't look as deep because the rocks were huge), compared to the bigger ones that have almost 90 meters, there are some that have even more than 300 meters of depth! Just for a mental exercise, imagine how cold is this water that has never been touched by the sun in thousands of years! My friends and I were competing over who got into the water first, until I accidentally fell inside, so I guess I won, haha.
After Chihuán, we visited Yokdzonot, another cenote close to the city. It is huge compared to the first one. It has 40 meters of depth approximately, that's why the water looks darker, when in reality is as crystalline as it could be, people even look as if they were standing up. This one isn't in a cave because it is older; the older the cenote is, the more open it gets. You have to walk a small path to get to it and it is really beautiful and filled with trees and other weird plants (the first picture is the start of it). The water wasn't as cold as it was on the first one and it is full of life. There are plenty of fish swimming by your side and many birds flying over your head all the time, the diversity is amazing!
When we were done swimming, we found a place near the cenote to eat in the middle of nature. Then this guy came near us asking for food. He was so skinny and he had the cutest face ever, he reminded me of a coyote. He did the exact thing needed to win our heart (and food), he even winked at us! What a flirty little dude. We wanted to take him home but we couldn't; he recently arrived to the natural reserve and is fed by the tourists and the people who work there, everyone seems to love him, I know I did.
This is basically why I haven't been around here as much, but I had a great time and recently I decided to live my life more outside the internet and I am not regretting it. Also, I've concluded that usually, people travel to the other side of the world to visit many places when they don't even know what they have in their own states, sometimes even their cities. That's why I decided to know my little piece of land as well as I can.
There are many other pictures I would love to share with you but I'll have to wait. You can see some of the pictures from one of my previous trips here, that time I went to the mountains. So tell me, what have you been doing recently? Is there any place you have been enjoying?