Swinging Into the Yucatán
September 12th, 2020
A week-long vacation in Mexico. How does that sound?
We’ve transitioned from magic carpet to jungle vine with today’s post. We’re swinging into Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula to explore the local landscape. We’ll be here all week.
Here’s J dropping from a rope into Cenote San Lorenzo Oxman near Valladolid, Mexico. We stopped here for a cool dip in June, 2018. The Yucatán Peninsula holds dozens of cenotes — deep, fresh-water sinkholes that sometimes merge with the inflow of salt water from the Caribbean Sea.
These fresh-water pools have eroded vertically in the limestone over centuries, while the ocean salt water travels horizontally inland through the sub-surface water table. Where these two types of water meet underground is where cave networks, artifacts and big questions come together in a brackish mystery of Mayan civilization.
Swimming in a cenote is both fun and freaky — the lush vegetation and blue water hold the allure while the depth is an endless thought below you. Where does it end? And what does it end with? Luckily, at some cenotes, there are life vests and guide ropes strung side to side to make you feel a little less uneasy about the mystery below the surface.
Tomorrow, I’ll repost a story about Tulum, then we’re heading to Ek Balam, Cobá and Chichen Itza for a series of new posts diving into the region’s remarkable history. Of all the places I’ve traveled to around the world, the Yucatán Peninsula is the only place where I’ve felt an unspoken reverence for an intangible force I can’t put into words.
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