Cenote Jardin del Eden Riviera Maya
It is stinking hot in Cancun. Melty hot. Cook an egg on my porch hot. Electrical bill through the roof hot. In almost ten years here I have never felt so danged sticky. I thought I had grown accustomed to sweltering temps but this year is killing me. If I could, I would live in a cenote, permanently underwater, even if it meant having pruny feet and fingers and growing gills and webs between my toes, it would be totally worth it.
Cenote Jardin del Eden
There are literally thousands of cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, each one with its own unique characteristics. A cenote is a natural limestone "sinkhole", they can be open (total collapse of the limestone "roof"), semi-abierto (half open) or closed, meaning the "roof" is intact and to access the cenote you must enter through small openings and lower yourself down to the chilly water-filled caverns below. The cenotes are often connected to underground rivers, there are no surface rivers in the Peninsula so these are the only sources of fresh water. Thus, they have long been considered "sacred" ground to the local Maya inhabitants as they provide LIFE to the region.
Max takes the leap
We recently took a refreshing jaunt to our favourite cenote, Jardin del Eden in the Riviera Maya. Not exactly "touristy" (thus a fave!), it's a beautiful open cenote with hidden caves, a great cliff for jumping and some awesome underwater vistas. There are always scuba divers exploring here, there are secret passages under the water connecting to nearby cenotes, one day I will join them!
Scuba diver explores
LOVE these particular fish, they are gorgeous!
Max (now 8 years old!) has decided that he wants to be a "scubafreediver". I try to explain that it is simply "free diving" but he's got the phrase stuck in his head. I will secretly laugh at him until he stops (and remind him of his phrase at his wedding, I'm keeping a list of embarrassing things to share). He practices diving down as far as he possibly can in the cenote. Each time he gets a little deeper! I recorded a quick video of his attempts and a quick whirl around Jardin del Eden. (Yes, you can hear me laughing underwater, quite a trick really, ta-dah!)