A cenote is a sinkhole with exposed rocky edges containing groundwater. It is typically found in the Yucatán Peninsula and some nearby Caribbean islands. The term is derived from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Maya to refer to any location where groundwater is accessible.
After leaving Chichén Itzá, the tour bus took us to a local cenote called Cenote Ik Kil. The weekend before, it was the site of a Red Bull diving competition and the location is breathtaking to behold. Though we didn’t have a ninety foot platform to dive off of, the stairs still took us up a good thirty or so feet high to jump into the water. Here’s a video of Chris, Angie(!), Scott, Troy and I taking the plunge:
The water has oxygen pumped into it making it a clear blue. You can see the fish (and there are plenty of them) swimming around as you wade in the cool water. The pool itself goes down over a hundred feed. Oddly enough (as you can see in the photo above) most people didn’t get in the water. Me? I couldn’t stay out of it. Here’s me performing that graceful diving form known as “the cannonball”: