If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I, Erica, am a huge wuss with a giant list of fears. Jaime from Breakaway Backpacker got annoyed at me a few times as I refused to dive into a lake in Flores, Guatemala (fear of drowning and I can’t hold my breath without holding my nose and a huge fear of water where I cannot see the bottom). Caves in general freak me out (fear of the dark and I am claustrophobic).
So how did I find myself snorkeling in a cave?
In every guidebook and website discussing the Riviera Maya, you will find information regarding how important, mystical, and beautiful cenotes are. There comes a point when you realize that you will not be back to an area for some time and you have to just stick it out for adventures that you won’t get any other opportunity to do.
We signed up for a cenote tour at our hostel in Playa del Carmen and I took my death sentence in stride. I mean, thousands of people do it – it can’t be that bad right? These are words that would not have come spilling out of my mouth 3 months ago in the safety of home.
While we did miss the amazing Cenote Dos Ojos while in Tulum ($45US/pp OUCH), we went for the more economical Cenote Azul right out of Playa del Carmen. $120 pesos per person it was quite the steal and I’m sure you could find a better deals on vacations by looking up Cheapest Online Holidays Offers. Not only that but Shaun and I had recently invested in a mask and snorkel since we found ourselves drawn to snorkeling in general.
Honestly, I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful this cenote was. A wee bit deserted, since it is one of the lesser known ones, I found myself doing things that even surprised myself.
- Taking a rope swing with no hestitation.
- Jumping into the freezing cold water in a shady cave with a bat flying near by.
- Diving in dark cave with just a mask to get a look at the gaping black hole 15 feet below.
- Sitting in the dark water just to look at the light rays twinkling in front of me.
Seriously though. It was like emotional scarring rehab for fears. I’ve never felt so comfortable when I was completely out of my element.
It was like a kids dream. Sparkling water that words cannot do justice is found everywhere. Stunning bright blue and green rays of light flutter in front of your eyes onto the rocky floor 20 feet below – clear as day. You know how as a kid, you really wish that magic exists? This was it for me.
Just take a look at the pictures below – they came from our Flip. I know they aren’t the best quality but still, magical. Keep an eye out for our Episode 7 – Momentos: Mexico video as we put a substantial amount of footage from the cenote in it.
What has been your magical experience?