Day Trip: Cenote Swimming in Riviera Maya
You gotta take that plunge into your new life … or into a cenote. pic.twitter.com/80NjyBL01j
— JLB 🛳 (@JoseloBri_MX) January 15, 2017
So far, January 2017 has brought about strange weather to the Cancun and Riviera Maya area.
Lots of wind, lower temperatures, a fight between the sun and the rain to see who shows up announced first.
Luckily, the weather decided to remain steady this weekend.
We got some sun, after the threat of clouds and rain earlier Saturday morning.
Thus, we went for a good swim at a cenote in Riviera Maya.
Cenotes are part of “a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods”.
They are globally renowned and revered as water-filled subterranean caves, providing a great adventure for advanced divers.
Though, a lot cenotes are exposed to the elements for the enjoyment of simpler tourists and locals alike, where a snorkel or an easy swim will do.
As is the case of Cenote Cristalino, about 22 minutes south of Playa del Carmen.
About Cenote Cristalino
Price: This cenote charges 150 pesos per adult and 50 pesos per child. It was worth the drive and the money spent.
Highly recommended: Snorkeling gear — there’s an exquisite universe under these pristine pools that can only be experienced with mask and breathing tube.
Avoid: Sunscreen or tanning lotion, as these chemicals harm the purity of the cenotes.
Cool option: Scuba gear if you’re certified, but there are bigger and deeper cenotes for this purpose.
Food wise: Bring some light snacks, sans alcohol (not permitted); though there’s a concession stand, too.
Here are some of the highlights from our visit to this cenote: