As you know from my Viva Mexico post, I was super excited to visit some of the cenotes of Cancun. A cenote is a natural sinkhole that is the result of a collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.

We ended up visiting Cenote Sac Ac Tun, and it was such a cool experience. It was a bit of a shock, because the only cenote that I had seen photos of was Cenote Ik Kil a.k.a. The Sacred Blue Cenote near the Mayan Chichen Itza ruins, which looks like a brightly lit pool from Ferngully.

Luckily I was wearing my Mara Hoffman rash guard and matching bikini bottoms. Having my torso mostly covered definitely helped keep me warm in the cold water.

You have the options to scuba dive or snorkel, and as I’m unexplainably terrified of scuba diving, I opted to snorkel. I’m not a huge fan of snorkeling either, but how could I say no and miss out on the experience? Of course I couldn’t.

In the end, having the snorkel on actually made me less scared, because the water was very clear and well-lit in many areas, so I could at least see what was underneath me.

All of the stalactites and stalagmites in the cave were awesome, but my favorite areas were the green islands that that existed anywhere that the sun could penetrate into the cave. It was amazing to see trees, plants, and a whole ecosystem happening within the cave from just a little dose of sunshine.

Would I brave the cold water and the dark again? For sure!