Two months have passed by since I moved to Mexico and this, drumroll please, will be my first Mexico post. Better late than never, right?
Never have I ever been to a cenote nor did I have a lot of imagination of how it looks like. So on my second day off here, I decided to visit one. On my first day off, I just wanted to lay on the beach to become more Mexican. Now it was time to discover something new.
Cenotes are basically underground sinkholes and were the only source of water in the jungle for the Mayans. Some of the cenotes are really near to Playa del Carmen where I live. About 15 minutes with a public bus. There are a bunch of them just next to each other and I randomly picked one out to visit. Cenote Azul was the lucky chosen one.
The public buses, or better called public vans aka the collectivos, do not have fixed times. You just go and wait for one to pick you up. If you are early, you need to wait till it fills up. Luckily mine was already full and my trip could start right away.
It was a slightly rainy that day, which did not matter so much. Cenote trip does not require the best weather since you will be in the jungle anyway. There is an entrance fee of a hundred pesos or six dollars. I waited for a while at the entrance for the rain to pass and then decided to go in. A massive jungle road greeted me and shortly after I found the first little sinkhole. Chrystal clear and little fishes swimming in it. Right after the first two little sinkholes was the main cenote Azul. There were quite a lot of people there already. I met a group of Germans who were there on a holiday and we kindly helped each other out with taking pictures.
Even though it was raining, I went right in to swim. It was a weird feeling because the depth of the place was unclear. There were shallow spots just till my knees and some very deep dark spots. Few little fishies were swimming around and those little fishes like to eat your dead skin. After my swim, I sat down in the water and waited for my free fish spa. People pay like 50 bucks to get their feet cleaned by fish. Suckers, haha… It was super ticklish at first but later felt really awesome. I was so amazed by nature. This jungle spa theme was all new to me. Places like these make me really appreciate the beauty of the world. Let’s not destroy it, people!
After my swim and spa time, I went around to take some pictures and did not notice that I stepped right next to a huge iguana. It startled me because I did not expect to see one but the little fella was as cool as a cucumber. I love how wild animals are just chilling around in Mexico. Sometimes at my work too some iguanas are sunbathing, peacocks showing off, flamingos posing for pics and coatis begging for food. And there are some weird but cute looking agoutis that I have never seen in my life before.
Cenote Azul checked ✓. What else has been going on in Mexico?
I have absolutely loved my two months here. This country is beautiful! I have the most freaking gorgeous office view ever- the ocean. I have met some extremely awesome people. Did my first ever scuba diving here and it kicked ass. Life is relatively inexpensive, which is kind of dangerous for my wallet. Pesos come, pesos go. Experienced salmonella for the first time and that was not cool. Another not so cool thing is that I have to wake up six in the morning to go to work. I am soooo not a morning person. My body and my brain do not function during those early hours. Luckily my feet somehow drag me to work so I would not get fired. And lastly, I have already seen some stunning places but more about that later. Stay tuned amigos. Adios!