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Ek Balam & Sak'awa Cenote

A local boy guides us to a beautiful underground swimming hole, by Ailsa

sunny 35 °C

After spending the night in a traditionally built palm-roofed hut we headed to Ek Balam to explore the ruins there. These ruins are smaller than Chichen Itza but we could climb the pyramid and touch the stones as practically nothing was roped off and the jungle was close on every side. We were the only visitors there for the first hour of the day so it felt really cool like we were discovering something in the middle of the jungle.


Once the tour buses began to arrive we decided to leave and look for a cenote to cool off in. There is one at Ek Balam, but it sees lots of visitors each day and we were looking for something a little less touristy. A few villages further on we met a boy about my age who said he would show us a private cenote. He rode in our car and gave us directions. I couldn't understand what he said his name was so we just smiled at him. We parked our car and paid the landowner, SeƱor Antonio, to visit his cenote. We took a long path through the forest until we reached a huge hole in the ground. There was a wooden staircase which we climbed down and when we got to the bottom we looked around and saw turquoise blue water surrounding a little island, lots of little fish swimming around and vines, moss and trees stretching down from the ground above us. We threw on our swimsuits and tested out the water with our toes. It felt so good because it was cold and we were really hot from climbing the ruins. We swam around and then noticed a platform that we used to jump off into the middle of the cenote. We swam for about an hour until our parents made us get out and get dressed again. I would have stayed there for five hours.


We climbed back out into the heat and got back in the car. We dropped our new friend off and headed to our next stop: Valladolid, to find our hotel and get some lunch.

Posted by Salsa Sojourns 14:02 Archived in Mexico Tagged ruins cenote

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