I had a vague knowledge that the ticket I bought for this trip included a stop at a cave. Apparently I did not research enough about this trip, nor did I read the brochure that was handed out with our ticket.
Cenotes are natural features which exist in the limestone of the Yucatan Peninsula. Water dissolves away the limestone from underneath, causing a sinkhole. Eventually the ground over the sinkhole breaks, usually with a small opening revealing a large cavern underneath. The older the cenote is, the larger the hole becomes. Many cenotes have had their roofs completely collapse and now look more like an abandoned quarry than a cave.
We were welcomed at "the center stone and natural wonders".
Above ground this is the well. It didn't look like it amounted to anything, but wait until you see what's under this well.
Going down to the cave. The steps are a bit tricky and slippery.
You enter and you see stalactites and the pool below.
The well above casts this beautifully magical ray down below.
You can walk around the pool to the other side.
Swimming is allowed provided you wear the appropriate swimming gear.
Sign says: Strictly prohibited scratching or damaging walls or climb stairs as well as on rocks or cave. Thanks for your understanding.
Since I did not bring a suit, I just did what she is doing. I went in and dipped my toes. The cool water was a refreshing relief from the oppressive heat outside.
And if you're still hot after the dip, you can quench your thirst with jugo de naranja or OJ. Was looking for coconut juice though.
It was an experience of a lifetime. A really neat bonus to this trip.