My fiance and I were hanging out in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for the week and we decided to get away from the resort and Quinta Avenida for a while. We met a German gentleman named Roman who's lived in town for 20 years. He urged us to check out one of the cenotes before leaving. A cenote is an underground cave filled with crystal clear, fresh water. There are over 300 miles of interconnected passageways and caves throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, to which they are unique. We decided to explore Cenote Dos Ojos which was about an hour's drive away.
The water temperature inside the cenotes is relatively cold, so we rented wetsuits and snorkeling gear from a local surf shop. Our van pulled into a parking lot alongside several other vans dropping off small groups of scuba divers. We walked a short distance through the jungle to the hidden cave and were stunned into silence by the beauty of the bright blue water.
The sights we saw under the surface of the water were even more incredible. We used flashlights to peer into black underwater passageways and marvel at gigantic stalactites and stalagmites. Tiny fish came right up to our face masks to say hello.
We utilized every second of our tour, swimming slowly along the surface, faces in the water, silent mouths uttering cries of joy at the beauty of nature. Next time I go back, it will be to scuba dive through the more hidden corridors of this underwater magical kingdom.