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Published: December 7th 2018
It’s a great shame that neither of us is fit to dive...as there’s really not much else to do here unless you are a sunbathing lover. So, it’s another late breakfast for us followed by a trip to the beach. It’s much hotter today. There was no rain last night. The forecast says we might have rain later but there’s not much sign of it right now.
We have decided to prove the accommodation owner wrong by walking to the cenote. We are so near to the beach that we decide just to put our swim things on and take towels, snorkelling gear and water. We splash our way along the beach. I have taken the precaution of wearing shorts over my costume today...good thing as, even they, are in danger of getting wet. The waves are not quite as high as yesterday but there are still a few small rollers coming in.
I was hoping the sea might be a better colour today, now that the sun is out...but it’s not. We pass a Mexican making a serious sandcastle on the beach...well it’s more of a sand pyramid complex really, but in true Mayan style. It’s a bit
of a masterpiece.
The ten minute walk to the cenote turns out to be 35 minutes - but that was easily achievable. We have arrived at the cenote! To be honest, I would never have known this was a cenote as it is not underground at all. It is open, more like a lagoon. It does have some tell-tale cenote type signs though, such as exposed tree roots...and it’s definitely fresh water.
The cenote is very shallow and appears popular with families as a result. There are lots of kids having a great time, but many adults too. It isn’t really quite deep enough to swim in, except at the far left where there is no shade at all.
We have found a little spot under a palm tree to spread out our sarong and sit in relative comfort. It involved wading through the knee deep water. As soon as that is sorted, I am straight in. I expected it to be cold but it’s definitely not and even Ian has a little paddle. I spend most of my time sitting on the sandy bottom to immerse myself or lying on my back and scooping myself along
with my hands. The only problem with this is that I cannot see the odd protruding rock...of which there are a few!
I decide to explore the far side of the cenote as it looks like it might be deeper. I get up and stride across. The water is waist deep here and fine for a little swim - the area is much bigger than our pool! I’m keeping my eyes peeled though, as this is the area beside the mangrove forest...I always think crocodiles live in mangroves! To be honest, the water is so clear it would not be an ideal habitat!
We have managed to pass a couple of pleasant hours at the cenote but now we are bored so we make our way back along the beach and then back to the accommodation for a shower and a late lunch. This consists of a very fresh croissant and pain au chocolat from the Oxxo store.
During our siesta we have managed to dry out our gear ready for tomorrow. Now we decide to be a bit braver and venture further down the road. Here we find a fruit and veg shop which is great
for stocking up on some healthy snack food. Then it’s back to our restaurant for another choice off their menu! Ian is going for a meat feast tonight. I am having grilled fish with salad and mash! We both choose a different fruit smoothie to wash it down. We may not like the area but this restaurant has served us the best food that we have eaten anywhere in Mexico!
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