Thursday, May 30, 2024

Zip Line right into a Cenote within the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico


Even for me, it’s uncommon {that a} one-day journey will embody rappelling, cliff leaping, kayaking, snorkeling and zip lining. Very uncommon. However, all of the aforementioned occurred on the Xenotes Oasis Maya cenote tour leaving from Cancun and touring by way of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

5 Adventures. 4 Cenotes. 1 Day. Holler.

Cenotes are pure water-filled sinkholes that kind when rainfall causes the layer over the cavern to break down. The Yucatan Peninsula has an estimated 7000 of them. With so many, touring to solely 4 of them in in the future doesn’t seem to be such a feat.

Peter & Annette White in Cancun Mexico

Peter and I have been picked up from our resort at 9 within the morning, which was welcome after the 6:25am name time to swim with whale sharks the morning earlier than. We have been instantly on our option to the primary cenote.

Cenote Ok’áak´ – Fireplace

The premiere cenote was named Ok’áak´, which means fireplace. The journey for this one was to seize onto a zipper line, experience it till you’re in the midst of the cenote after which drop into the brisk water. I used to be somewhat bit afraid of how chilly the water was on this first sinkhole, so I could have held onto the zip line a pair seconds too lengthy, which meant that my drop into the water wasn’t so deep.

Cliff leaping from 12 ft up will make up for that.

After the zip line, we took a brief swim by way of the cenote after which reached the optionally available cliff leap. There was not likely an possibility for me. I knew I used to be leaping. The platform regarded about 12 ft up from the water, which doesn’t sound like that far…till, you’re looking down.

I took two steps and jumped. My face stated all of it. Concern.


Lu’um Cenote – Earth

Cenote Lu’um was of the semi-open selection, a younger sinkhole that’s nonetheless partly closed on the highest. This subsequent cease required a brief rappel to get inside, rather less scary than my latest rappel down a 100 foot waterfall in Costa Rica. The information managed the pace and supplied a alternative in experience: sluggish or quick. For the reason that drop into the darkish gap lacked size I opted for the latter of the 2, which received me to the waters edge in beneath ten seconds.

The water was chilly.

A Mexican Cenote in Cancun

When my ft hit the water, a chill went up my backbone. Although it was frigid, the exact opposite of Cancun’s lukewarm ocean, I didn’t wish to cross up swimming inside this semi-closed pure creation whereas the bats flew overhead. So, I jumped in.

Sadly, my flimsy flip flops broke at this cease. The subsequent two spots must be finished barefoot.

Annette White Swimming in a Cenote in Cancun, Mexico


Iik’ Cenote – Wind

The third cenote supplied 3 ways to get within it’s lily pad stuffed waters. You can both do a handheld zipline, a seated zip line or do one other cliff leap from the platform that was about 20 ft above the water.

I did two of the three.

After zip lining and plunging into the water, I walked again as much as the platform and took a leap off.

After the primary three cenotes, and earlier than the final, we fueled up with a buffet model lunch.

A lot wanted nourishment.

It consisted of all of the makings for sandwiches, soup, potato salad and brownies. Plus, we celebrated our prior adventurous feats with cervezas and wine.

Lunch while taking a Cenote Tour in Cancun, Mexico


Ha’ Cenote – Water

The ultimate cenote, began with a brief kayak experience, the place I used to be doing all of the work whereas Peter relaxed after his beers at lunch. What’s up with that?

Kayaking in a Cenote in Cancun, Mexico

Then we placed on our snorkeling gear and swam by way of Ha’ exploring the shallow underwater world.

Swimming in a Cenote in Cancun, Mexico

It ended up being a really lengthy, but adventurous day touring by way of the Yucatan Peninsula.  What different tour are you able to examine 6+ objectives off your bucket record in a single shot? It additionally turned out to be a fantastic addition to my record of the prime issues to do earlier than you die.


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