Rappel into Cenote Maya
We visited Cenote Maya as part two of an adventure trip with Altournative. A cenote is a “natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.” We got to repel into the cenote, descending from the earth into the cavernous structure with tree roots diving down into the water, and crystal clear fresh water below. It seems otherworldly. You can only bring a GoPro in if you have a harness for it, but they have some photographers down there taking candids the whole time. The downside, you have to pay for them. The upside, you’re helping employ some locals! And honestly, they did a great job at capturing great moments and most of the time we didn’t even know they were shooting. Altournative is a wonderful company because they are trying to better the Mayan community by benefited the economic, social, and cultural development of the area. They emply the locals, and teach them about sustainability so they can preserve the rainforest and historic ruins that surround them.
The ruins of Tulum aren't as grand as some of the other ancient Mayan temples that have survived the test of time, but they have one amazing thing going for them, the beach they tower over is breathtaking.
Xochimilco is like the Venice of Mexico, but with a little more fiesta, and less romance. It's BYOB on the river, so people bring booze, snacks, and boom boxes to cruise around and party in these colorful boats.
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is the most visited Catholic site in the world, even more frequented than the Vatican.
The Lazy River Adventure with Adventure Tour Center is a relaxing tour that starts with a boat ride through two fresh water lagoons which connect to an ancient Mayan canal.
Casa Gilardi was built in 1976 by famous Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The house has a bottom level indoor pool, a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and Barragán's signature vibrant colored walls throughout.
We visited Cenote Maya as part two of an adventure trip with Altournative. A cenote is a “natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.”
Ek Balam is smaller than the grand Chichén Itzá, but it's much less crowded and you can still climb the temples. There is also one of the best preserved stucco facades in Mesoamerica.
An action packed five days with seven friends on the Yucatán Peninsula exploring Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Ek Balam, Cenote Maya, and Cancún.