Chichen Itza! It all started in 750 and 900 AD.
But don't worry, this isn't a history lesson. It's more of an owed to the beauty that is Chichen Itza.
Isn't she stunning?!
During my time this year in Cancun I had the opportunity to go and visit the incredible Kukulkan Pyramids known as Chichen Itza for the third time (!!!) with none other than Miss Scarlett Roland-Jones.
Our day started off a little too early for our liking as we had to catch an early tour bus in the AM. Murphy's law plus a little Mexican way had the best of us as we sat there waiting for the bus for around half an hour behind schedule but after a few deep conversations, it arrived! As our hope was restored we got on the bus and started listening to the enthusiastic tour guide, Fernando, talk about the itinerary for the day. Here's what it looked like:
1. Take a dip at a Cenote in Valladolid
2. Traditional Mexican lunch filled with Tacos de Cochinita (local dish) at a small town next to Chichen Itza
3. Explore and soak up Chichen Itza
Straight forward plan that had us on the edge of our seats from the start.
Fernando explained to us what a Cenote was and for those of you that don't know what it is here's the definition; a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. The most notable Cenotes can be found in Mexico, Belize, Canada, USA, Australia and Zimbabwe.
They're incredibly beautiful and completely natural. The one we visited was breath taking with the depth and colours it had.
Take a look!
As we started going down some of us tried not to slip!
But once we managed to get to the bottom I couldn't wait to take a dip!
The water was a perfect fresh temperature and the depth was unknown to me as Scarlett and I had to keep our legs moving the entire time we were there.
The view from above was amazing, but I think the view from below was on a whole other level.
After appreciating the view from below we saw a lot of people jumping from a ledge on the side.
There was a four metre jump from the side and I immediately thought I needed to go for the challenge.
I'm the one between the red and blue/white trunks. It took me a good while to actually talk myself to jumping (Sorry Scar!).
But eventually, I took the plunge.
And showed everyone my best canon bomb.
The rush of adrenaline I had in me was immense. The feeling of a free fall is something else.
We then dried up and explored a little more before leaving for a much needed lunch.
If you're planning a true Mexican adventure, put this day trip at the top of your to-do list.
Up till this point it truly is an adventure of a life time. You'll love it!
More Mayan adventures tomorrow!