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Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Sunday, August 23, 2009

And, the day trips are still going!  Up next: the cenotes.  All throughout the Yucatan peninusla are little sinkholes, called cenotes.  These are formed when the limestone from which the peninsula is primarily made begins to dissolve underground.  This forms a large hole or cavern, which then fills with water.  Eventually, the ground above collapes -- either a tiny hole to access a large cave, or sometimes the entire roof, exposing the cenote in its entirety.  Being cave-like, there are great formations in these cenotes, varying from rocks to stalactites, swim throughs, etc.  There are also fresh water fish, turtles, birds and yes, bats. 

So todays day trip was to visit one of these cenotes and do some snorkle exploration.  There were two parts to the one we visited.  The first had a smaller opening, and colder water.  This one was much more cave-like, with the formations mentioned above.  John was brave and, after taking a deep breath, followed the guide through several under-water caves.  One just lead a few feet away (I swam over top the cave while he swam under it), but the second underwater swim-through allowed him to pop up in an entirely separate opening, not visible from the first cenote.  The best part here was from deeper in the cave, and under the water -- staring up and watching the sunlight filter through the crystal-clear blue water.

The second part of the cenote was slightly warmer, as the entire roof had fallen in, leaving the pool exposed to the sunlight.  In addition to a bit of snorkeling (more sun = more algae = more fresh water fish and turtles), we also took advantage of the opportunity to float on an innertube, in the middle of the jungle, soaking up the sunshine and doing absolutely nothing.  Fabulous.

And when we were done with that?  What else but to head back to the beach in Playa for one last bit of sun.

On an unrelated note, this will be our last update from Mexico.  After 5 nights in Playa, it is, I suppose, time to move on with the rest of our journey.  But I do think weve found our spot for our next beach vacation someday.  Tomorrow, were going to make our way to Belize.  Early morning bus to the border then... find another bus to Belize?  Depending on time, well either be in Belize City or perhaps on one of the Cayes by tomorrow night. 
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vivacious09 on

So pretty! Sounds like a good time was had here :)

vivacious09 on

So pretty! Sounds like a good time was had here :)

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