Just SouthWest of Cancun and Cozumel this beautiful state is densely populated and has much to offer. If you stay current with my posts, you will remember that Yucatan is where Chichen Itza is located and where the Mayans left much history.
Walking around yucatan and/or taking local tour busses, you will find that historical sites are often hidden. I didn’t want to miss out on anything, of course, so Cody and I hopped into a tour bus and began sightseeing.
Where to first?
Our first stop of the day was what they would considered a strip mall; small gift shop, a few canopies covering Mayan women while they crafted, and a liquor store that sold quick bites. The locals offered lessons on reading Mayan birth certificates and even made one up for you ( for a fee)! Each birth certificate is hand painted by someone who has learned what little we know of the Mayan language. Yes, of course I got one! More so a novelty gift, but also a great tangible item for your memories.
Pictured below are several women hand preparing our Mayan “birth certificates.” As we stood there waiting for them to finish, they explained to us what each symbol meant… luckily they sent us home with a key for future use, so I didn’t have to remember everything right there!!
Handmade gifts are for sale all around the city
Our next stop was cliff jumping at a Cenote
Sacred Cenotes were located all around Yucatan, some you could swim in and others just for viewing purposes. We decided to do a bit of cliff jumping at Ik Kil Cenote. It was unlike anything I have ever done before. Pictures and videos of our day are up on our Instagram account.
Hidden within a lush forest was a crater and copious amount of people swimming just below. At one side there was a man-made set of stairs taking you down beneath the crater lip to several ledges for cliff jumping and then a set of stairs for those not looking to cliff jump.
Of course, we had to cliff jump!
Check out the video below… we were able to take this video RIGHT before the GoPro broke. It was the O.G. go pro that needed a waterproof case and my case got chipped through the many years of me using it.
Okay, back to the details of the cenote. In the water you will an abundant amount of fish swimming, little caves underneath the the water level, and people floating. The natural water was warm and had ropes along one side for those that wish to hold on instead of freely float. The cenote was very deep! I snorkeled down as far as I could and then quickly returned to the top to relax and enjoy the scenery. For those of you bringing belongings with you to the cenote, there are lockers for purchase. Though there is an area by the swimming hole to leave things, I wouldn’t recommend leaving more than your sandals.
P.S. Highly recommend water shoes!
We had a full day ahead of us and I was a bit wet. To my surprise there were showers and changing areas at the top, near a delicious restaurant, I might add. If you are planning to take a nice long, warm shower and apply a full face of makeup then this is not the place for you. They are small stalls with a lot of people waiting … oh and don’t forget the 2 mirrors everyone shares. If planned out properly this might be your last stop of the day.
After the Cenote
Our tour guide had planned this out just perfectly! The cenote was our last stop of the day. Many of us were wet and exhausted from a long day exploring so we took the short ride back to our hotel and enjoyed the entertainment there.
Tradition is very strong in their culture. Many locals are pleased to teach the history of the Mayans. So if you are curious, just ask them! Though Yucatan was a quick trip, it was definitely worth the stop!
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