Into the depths
A view into the depths of a fantastic cenote! This is the first of many that I intend to visit while I stay here. I apologize for the fact that I did not get any pictures from inside however climbing down the mossy and slick steps was an adventure in it own right. The water was about 6-8 feet deep inside and we were able to swim around the perimeter of the cavern for a good distance. With nice rocky outcroppings and cool temperatures, this was a perfect place to gain a greater appreciation of the Yucatecan inland. For those of you who do not know, scientists hypothesize that the cenotes of the Yucatan were created by the asteroid impact that ended the age of the dinosaurs. The limestone base of the peninsula is flat as can be and is permeated in a ring around the impact crater by these beautiful underground/ground level pools of freshwater. In some places along the coast (such as the mangroves of Celestun) the fresh water mixes with the salt water to create a unique habitat for an incredible amount of wildlife.