After checking out the usual tourist sites around Playa, Tulum with the ruins on the beach and snorkelling at Cozumel Island (Which was not impressive at all! We are spoiled for snorkeling after Coral Bay) we decided we want to check out the number two thing to do on Trip Advisor.
We are looking specifically for a place called Cenote Chaak Tun. Strangely NOBODY in town knows where it is or has even heard of it. We decide to have a bit of an adventure and look for it ourselves. We hire some bikes and get the approximate directions from Google Maps.
Google Maps say: 'Ride straight down Calle Juarez.'
So we ride and keep riding until the road becomes a dirt road
. The only traffic passing us are BIG dump trucks and commercial vehicles. It was an extremely bumpy ride with big pot holes everywhere. We really put the already crappy bikes to the test! 20 mins in and we come up to a boom gate with an armed guard holding an M16! Are we in the right place?!? 'Cenote Chaak Tun?' We questioned the guard. He looks at us without any facial expression. Lifts the boom gate and ushers us through. I guess we are? We keep riding for another 15 mins. It's hot and I really hope we get there soon!! After 35 mins we finally come across a sign saying Cenote Chaak Tun. Made it! And it was definitely worth the ride! Adam, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and well worth the 100 peso. We jump into the freezing cold but crystal clear water and swim through caves with Adam feeding us information about the Mayans and cave formations. We come to a little hole with about 10cm between the top of the water and the cave ceiling. 'We go though there' he says. Definitely not for the claustrophobic! Duck diving through the little hole we enter into another cavity where Adam tells us to turn off our lights. We are sitting in the water in complete darkness. Suddenly we hear the flapping of the bat wings! We are not alone! As our eyes adjust to the darkness a faint light appears to one side. We head towards the light and the opening of the cave a truly beautiful site!
Next stop, Palenque, to check out the ruins in the middle of the jungle!
Playa del Carmen. A very nice place where one can party till your head falls off or chill out and soak it all in.