Chaak No Clue

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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The Yak Hostel

Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Friday, January 4, 2013

Ahh Playa del Carmen. Great beaches, great bars and great atmosphere.

After checking out most of the popular tourist sites around Playa, impressive Tulum with the ruins on the beach, the not so impressive snorkeling at Cozumel Island, (We are spoiled for snorkeling after Coral Bay) we decided we wanted to check out what Trip Advisor listed as the #2 of things to do.

Cenote Chaak Tun. Strangely NOBODY in town knows where it is or has even heard of it. We decide to have a bit of an adventure and look for it ourselves. We hired a couple of bunky bikes and got the approximate directions from Google Maps.

Google Map directions: 'Ride straight down Calle Juarez.'

So we ride and kept riding until the road became a wide gravel track. The only traffic passing us now were BIG dump trucks which covered us with dust as they steamed past. Add to that the big pot holes littering the road and bikes that probably should have been on the top of a tip pile, our adventure had turned into an extremely bumpy and dirty ride.

A rather hot 20 mins into the ride and we are halted by a boom gate and an armed guard holding an M16! Are we in the right place?!? 'Cenote Chaak Tun?' We questioned the guard. He looked at us without any facial expression. Lifts the boom gate and directions down the road. I guess we are? Another 15 mins and we finally come across a small sign that reads 'Cenote Chaak Tun'. We made it! It was definitely worth the ride!

Adam, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and well worth the 100 peso. Jumping into the crystal clear water, we welcomed the icy temperature as it washed the remnants of the hot bike ride away. We were excited to follow our guide as he shared details of the cenote or as the Mayans believed it to be, the portal to the underworld. We passed through the dark tunnels that went like tentacles extending in all directions. We come to what looked like a tiny little opening about 10cm between the top of the water and the cave ceiling. 'We go though there to the secret-secret cave' Adam advises. Definitely not for the claustrophobic! We remove our life vests take a deep breathe and duck through entering into another cavity. A cave within a cave. Adam tells us to turn off our lights. We all sat in complete darkness. Our ears becoming sharper as our eyes are rendered useless in the pitch of black. As stalactites dripped, we were assured we were not alone by the faint flutter of bat wings as they quivered in the darkness. The stillness and near silence was enveloping. As our eyes adjusted to the darkness a faint light appears to one side. Pale white slants slowly become more illuminating as we head towards the light and the opening of the cave, truly breath taking!

Side note: Simon Had his first taste of an 'all you can eat' Brazilian barbecue. He reminded me of Homer in that Simpson's episode. I will now dub him the Remorseless Eating Machine. We were meant to go out that night. I never knew one could get a 'high' from an over consumption of meat. His bursting belly deemed the Remorseless Eating Machine out of order for the night. 
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Amy on

This sounds amazing Tash!

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