Cenotes

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cenote in valladolid

Beau and I went to the small city of Valladolid to see the cenotes and the ruins of Ek Balam.  Sadly, no one wanted to take us the 20 miles to Ek Balam for less than $20, so we decided to scrap that plan.  Cenotes, however were much closer.   And quite cool.  We started in the late afternoon at the one in the city.  It was open on one side and had some europeans swimming in it (easily classified as such b/c of the speedo and willingness to get naked in public to change back to clothes).   Less impressive than the underground ones, but there are pictures below.

The next morning we went out to x-kekem, the largest and most popular cenote for swimming.  We were there right when they opened, so after climbing down the stone stairs to the undergroud cavern, it was just us and the bats.

cenote in valladolid
  I waded around on the limestone for a while, checking out the little black catfish and keeping a close eye on the swooping bats.  Then we convinced ourselves that it couldn't be as cold as the guidebook said, and jumped in.  There are a few pictures taken with Beau's timer of us in the water.  The other cenote was somewhat unremarkable except for a large tree growing down into the water from a hole in the ground above the pool.  And of course, the signs that asked tourists not to tip children to jump into the water.  No such children were around when we were there, but I guess the signs may have cut into their business. 

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cenote in valladolid
cenote in valladolid
cenote in valladolid
cenote in valladolid
me watching for bats....as it turn…
me watching for bats....as it tur…
the biggest cenote, x-kekem.
the biggest cenote, x-kekem.
checking the temperature of the wa…
checking the temperature of the w…
wading on limestone, looking out f…
wading on limestone, looking out …
you can see some of the fish in th…
you can see some of the fish in t…
beau and i in the cenote.  taken w…
beau and i in the cenote. taken …
cenote samula, with the tree roots
cenote samula, with the tree roots
close up of the tree roots
close up of the tree roots
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photo by: Stigen