Thursday, April 28, 2011

The World's Most Goth Swimming Pool

So, we went to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, and on the way back stopped at a cenote; and underground pool made in a natural cave.

This was pretty awesome. The local Maya (they still exist) put on a show with incense, music and dancing. The pool is cold and clear, with turquoise water and blind fish. It is about 70'F in the water, which is awfully nice compared to the 105'F April days above. These cenotes are sinkholes connected by underground rivers.

Access to the pool is only recent, at least with ease. The locals have dug stairs into the limestone, approximately ninety feet, but before that the only access was the hole in the roof. There is some electrical light present, but the main illumination is from the hole. It is a little eerie. There are stadium seats carved into the walls, and the stairs are high and irregular. The floor of the pool is a mixture of sand and sharp rocks.

So, if you are pale complected, into pagan religion, and like your water cool, this is your place. Seriously though, it is awfully neat. You do get to swim there, and the water is up to fifteen meters deep—and this is considered to be a shallow pool.

More on Cancun and Chichen Itza later. I have not left yet, so still some thought to go.


Lisa said...

I bet an ancient water demon adds up to the whole gothi-ness of the pool.

T. Roger Thomas said...

I believe they call this ceremony "Separating Tourists From Their Money".

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Lisa - the Maya do believe Chaac, their rain god, lives in these wells.

@TRT - I am not sure what it cost. It was part of the tour we did. The state of Yucatan owns the site, and it was one of the few places people were not hocking tchotchkes. It is a bit out of the way, so has not gained much popularity yet.

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