You can see straight down to the limestone bottom in what must be 30-40 feet of water.
The wall slopes to an underwater cave…we watched about four divers disappear under there for about forty minutes. YIKES. It’s also perfect for jumping. (There are some pretty cool YouTube videos out there of the diving experience. Take a look at this: Video El Eden Cenote. It’s even better than I remember!)
Well…perfect for everyone but me. I was a giant chicken. After about a half hour, a troop of kids and parents arrived. Even the 6 year olds were jumping off this rock cliff with reckless abandon. This place is a GREAT spot to bring the kiddies. These guys were having the time of their lives. For a few hours, it’s a great change of pace from the beach…and super close by to Playa and Tulum.
This is my poor attempt at capturing Dani making her jump.
This cool clean water is the perfect place to soak and swim for a few hours…maybe snorkel and even dive. Ricardo, our cenote guru, also suggested the Dos Ojos cenote (there are SO many to choose from between Playa and Tulum). We didn’t make it. But if you check it out, definitely let me know how it is. I need to get started on my guidebook “The Hidden Cenotes of the Yucatan” ASAP. Donations, of course, are welcome.
We headed to Tulum next to do a bit of shopping at their new-ish Chedraui. Pronouced Shed-rou-ee, it’s the original Mexican Wal-Mart and has a huge food section. I can go there and moon over the fruit, vegetables and cheeses for hours.
Holy selection of tuna.
We stopped in Tulum for some local tacos first. Cesar was in constant search of tripe tacos. We never found them…but the pork was delicious at this joint just north of town.
Time to pack up the perfect camping area at Xpu-Ha…sniff, sniff. I love my little tent and this beach.
Ready for the drive south. We stopped on the way in the only big town between Tulum and Chetumal, Puerto Felipe Carrillo.
It is a small totally non-touristy town that sits a bit inland but it is right on the main road. The locals seem to be of Mayan descent for the most part. And this town serves some delicious tacos el pastor. (Will also be featured in my guidebook “The Tacos of the Yucatan”…I have lots of writing to do.) It’s a good rest stop as you drive south.
I miss the fruits of Mexico already…but don’t worry…I’ll be back. Very soon.