Cenote is not a word we’re used to pronouncing or defining. But imagine swimming in one. This lucky traveler waded around in a beautiful specimen of these amazing underground reservoirs. Imagine a dark pool surrounded by mysterious tendrils of tree roots teasing the light that begs to be let into the cavern. And don’t forget the brilliant and darting tropical birds. Sound like a dream? It’s not. It’s Cancun. And when visiting Cancun, one must visit one of their thousands of limestone cenotes.
These cenotes are thick with wonder both then and now. At resorts and spas, you can have cenote water poured on you to deliver supposed peace and healing. Long ago, the ancient Mayans, depended on the cenotes for their freshwater and believed them to be sacred. And like most sacred places, there are sacrifices. Archeologists have pondered the skulls found in between the rocks of the cenotes. They believe that the Mayans made human sacrifices to the god of rain (Chac).
Now, I’m not sure if I’d be joy-jumping in a pool landscaped with skulls, but this traveler’s husband did. And he jumped several times. So, just as time has eroded and changed the limestone roof of this cenote dreamscape, so it has changed the nature of its visitors. Before there were sacrifices. Now there are tourists.
This mysterious tourist destination is close to the city of Chichen Itza and its magic awaits.
- If you’re looking for a peaceful float in the cenote, you should probably visit in the afternoon.
- If you’re aching to have cenote mud and moss slimed all over you for younger skin, head over to one of the nearby spas and resorts.