Tequila sunrise, turquoise cenote

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short video of the sunrise, rolling waves and a flock of birds
  • Day 3
  • Highlights: Snorkeling at an awesome cenote, gorgeous sunrise
  • New Mosquito bites: 15
  • Receded mosquito bites: 2
  • Total bite count: 55

     

    We woke up at 6am the the next morning especially to watch the sunrise, which was prossibly the nicest sunrise I've ever seen. A lot of the time, sunrises can be slow and gradual compared to dramatic sunsets, but the sun this morning was bright magenta red, rising up from the rolling waves of the ocean. Golden light threw long shadows of palm trees on the beach, and flocks of sea birds skirted the waves in formation. It was really awesome.

    Our second cenote trip took us to El Gran Cenote, a short cab ride from town. Of the 6 or 7 cenotes we ended up going to, this was probably my favorite.

    The cenote is partially exposed and partially covered, offering a varying environment in a small area. On one side, sunlight flits through turquoise waters and lily pads float idealically. On the other, a small cave is dark and full of stalagmites. Throughout, friendly little fish float around you, munching on algae covered rock.

    Once again, we went early and managed to get there before the crowds -- it's on the small side and having the place to ourselves made a big difference. On the way in, there are a few caged peacocks (whose tails look like they may have been sold at market), but who are nonetheless pretty to look at. You can rent snorkel masks or scuba gear at El Gran Cenote, but it's definitely not a huge built-up place like Hidden Worlds. On the downside, this is the place that my $300 underwater camera decided to sputter and die because it was not as waterproof as advertised.

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    short video of the sunrise, rolli…
    underwater camera, pre-death
    underwater camera, pre-death
    the carribean
    the carribean
    army guys patrolling the beach
    army guys patrolling the beach
    cabanas copal beach and bar
    cabanas copal beach and bar
    they look like theyre really hot …
    they look like they're really hot…
    sunrise on the carribean
    sunrise on the carribean
    Tulum
    photo by: Mezmerized