Cenotes and Turtles

Dystonia Girl

This morning, the alarm clock went off at 06:00am. We peeled ourselves out of bed, had a quick mouthful of too early coffee and went to wait for our guide.

Our plan for the day? Swimming in a freshwater cenote and turtle hunting.

Our guide turned out to be an amusing Portugese, multi-lingual diving instructor, who kept us entertained all the way to our first stop, the cenote.

Cenotes are deep, natural sink holes, filled with fresh water. They are characteristic of Mexico due to its geology. I’ve only seen open air cenotes before e.g. At Chitchen Itza. So, I wasn’t prepared for the need to don a wetsuit and climb down a ladder through a small hole in the jungle floor and into an amazing cave.

The water in the cave was crystal clear, icy cold and very deep in places. Shoals of small fish darted and flashed in…

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