I haven’t been feeling very bloggy lately and I guess that could be attributed to the fact that I haven’t really done anything that interesting for awhile to write about here so I decided to look through some of my photos and see if anything inspired me. I came across a small file of when my husband and I and Erika and Freddy went to Las Mojarras Cenote for the day..
First of all what is a cenote? A cenote is a sinkhole containing groundwater that is surrounded by exposed rocky edges. The Yucatan Peninsula and some nearby Caribbean Islands are where you will most likely find them. Some cenotes are subterranean and others are easily accessible and above ground. Many divers explore the underground cenotes but you can also explore many of them using snorkeling gear. For more in depth information click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenote Also, you can read about when we went to Rio Secreto ( an underground river) http://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/rio-secreto and Cenote Dzunip in Valladolid, http://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/my-weekend-away-part-2
Las Mojarras Cenote is located at Carretera Puerto Morelos – Central Vallarta Km 12.5 Ejido de Puerto Morelos , Ruta de los Cenotes Puerto Morelos TEL: 01-998-848-28-31
We decided to go on a Sunday so after packing up our beach chairs, our cooler and bug spray (a must!) we set off in my truck for the day. Las Mojarras is about 35-40 minutes from Cancun and involves turning off the Ruta de Cenotes and onto a dirt road that cuts through the jungle in a zigzag route for the last 15 minutes of the drive. Once you arrive you are greeted by one of the owners and after paying about $12 (120 pesos – a local’s price) you are then taken to your own palapa with a view of the cenote.
Be prepared to be eaten alive if you don’t take bug spray and insect coils that you must strategically place around your palapa and picnic table. We came packing enough bug ammo for a small army so after setting up we enjoyed a nice picnic and a game of dominoes. Then it was time to explore the cenote. Las Mojarras have a zip line that goes across half of the cenote on one side and also one that goes across the other half on the other side. They also provide life jackets for those that need them as well as floating devices so that you can lay back and float around and enjoy the afternoon sun. You can also jump or dive off a high platform if you are so inclined…which Freddy and I both did!
The water was very warm which is quite unusual for a cenote so we spent most of the day swimming, flying along the zip line and jumping into the water. A young German couple were also there with their two small children and we were amazed to see how fearless both the little girl and boy were and how much they loved jumping off the high platform.
When the sun started to slip down the horizon it was time to pack up and make our way home to Cancun. It had been a thoroughly enjoyable day and as I write this I am thinking that it is time to plan another day trip to Las Mojarras Cenote.