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Published: June 10th 2019
We met Karly and Scott at the coffee shop as usual to start our day with coffee and croissants.We had our usual beach buffet for breakfast this morning as we discussed our plans for today. We decided that we would spend the morning exploring the park by foot and then the afternoon would consist of water activities. We waited at the designated place at the hotel waterway for the boat to come and take us to the park. We boarded the boat and the man used a long pole to push us down the waterway to the park. We could have walked quicker as it was only a 5 minute walk to the entrance. We followed the path to the aviary. We entered a large netted area where we saw all sorts of beautifully coloured birds. We walked past and through waterfalls as we made our way down to the bottom where we saw what appeared to be albino pelicans sitting at the bottom of the waterfall. We walked through the butterfly enclosure but didn’t see many interesting ones at all. As we walked through the park we went across bridges where people were floating through
what is called a Cenote. A cenote is an underground river. We walked into a room that had the most amazing lead light ceiling It was made with over 5,000 individual peces. We made our way to the beach where you could swim and then to the snorkelling area. We watched the manatees swimming in their pool which was a little sad as the pools were not very big. They seemed to only be able to swim one way. We saw sting rays and then onto the dolphins. We watched them swimming around and leaping out of the water. This brought us back to the resort beach buffet. So we had a quick lunch then back up to our rooms to get changed into our bathers and grab our snorkelling gear. This time we decided to walk back into the park as we were a little embarrassed that we took a ride for such a short distance. Off to the cenote. We were issued with the mandatory life vests and off we went. The water was quite cool. Into the cave we went It was a little scary at first but you get used to it. There is lighting throughout
and there were exit points all along the way. We floated and swam about 700 meters looking up through vents into the jungle above. This brought us out at the beach end. To do the second cenote we needed to walk back to the entrance. We entered the second one and it was far more beautiful floating down the river with sheer cliff walls and a fine water mist spraying on you. We saw a beautiful butterfly sculpture in one of the tunnels and then we entered another cave that had a small colony of bats just inside the entrance this made us swim through here a little quicker. Then we swam under the amazing lead light ceiling. Seeing it from directly below was absolutely stunning. The second cenote was far more interesting than the first. Finally we ended up swimming through a mangrove area with all of the roots. This one was a distance of about 650 metres. Wow who would have guessed that we would have done that overall distance? We found the snorkelling area again and off we went snorkelling in the Atlantic Ocean. We saw some pretty fish swimming around. As we walked back to the
park it began to rain, but we didn’t care as we were already wet and probably a little too tired to care. It was around 6 pm when we finally arrived back at the resort. Dinner tonight was at the Mexican restaurant and I really stepped out of my comfort zone by ordering Mole Chicken (chicken with white chocolate) Wow what an amazing dish both the way that they presented it and the flavours. I will definitely be looking for this recipe when I get home. This was followed by a delicious coconut ice cream and a Mayan coffee. We decided that the evening entertainment wasn’t that great so we sat in the foyer and played cards along with a few drinks.
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