Valladolid & the Cenotes Dzitnup & Samula

Trip Start Dec 24, 2007
Trip End May 14, 2008

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Thursday, December 27, 2007

We took a colectivo from Valladolid to the cenotes. Cenote Dzitnup is a pool of crystal clear water in an underground cave where the roof is covered with amazing stalacmite formations and light streams in from a hole in the centre of the roof in a spectacular beam. You enter the cave through a cramped tunnel and it is truly spectacular. You can swim in the cool water and look up at the crazy vaulted cave roof. We arrived when the sun was going down so unfortunately I could not capture the beauty on photo due to the lighting. Cenote Samula is a similar underground pool of crystal clear water but the roof of the cave is relatively smooth without the amazing formations of Dzitnup. What makes this cave special, however, is that a large tree is growing at ground level beside the hole at the centre of the roof of the cave and its roots fall through the opening and stretch down about 20 metres to draw water from the pool beneath.
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