1. sarah Bork says:

    Omg…that picture of the inside of the cenote is SO Indiana Jones!!! I am so thrilled by these pics. I love what you guys are doing and am so inspired by you!

  2. Kelly says:

    Amazing cenote! I love aim-less drives and the joy of discovery.

  3. Adah says:

    Whoa. I actually don’t even understand. Is that cenote on private property? Is the platform something historic (or pre-historic) or something that the owners added or is it public . . . Seeing this is so intriguingly mysterious. And the light! My 8th grade students study the archeao-astronomy of mesoamerican sites and structures and the way the light coming through the opening of this cenote seems to line up with the platform in the water reminds me of a zenith tube from my students’ research. And Mayan sacrifice! Oh my! I am floored . . .

    • Beth says:

      It was totally mind blowing, I have to say. It is on private land…a ranch that has been immaculately maintained despite the obviously-little revenue they must pull in out in the middle of nowhere. The light shone down from a big hole at ground level that looks like a well from the top, and the platform was built fairly recently of concrete. The light beam was surreal and the feeling inside changed continuously depending on cloud cover. Truly amazing to have happened upon it.

  4. Heidi Witte says:

    Wow that is amazingly beautiful! What a swimming hole!
    I am a child of the 80’s and can’t help but think of the Goonies movie…. at the end when they find the pirate ship. I love reading about your adventures in Mexico. I have always wanted to visit.
    I too love a little spontaneous road trip, I get wanderlust to get out of the city and find a new waterfall to play under pretty much every weekend. Don’t really think I am cut out for city life.

  5. 메리언 says:

    I know a lot about Midwestern American rodeo, but I know that Mexican charreada are very different. It looks like the cattle chutes and corral are from charreada events, though. Basically, the riders compete in the practices from the old days when animal husbandry was very competitive from ranch to ranch…if you were not good at wrangling your own cattle and horses, they became fair game for anyone in the area who could catch and appropriate them. Many of the events show skill in roping, wrangling, and maintaining control over your herd animals, as well as riding skills. I imagine that the historical component of Mexican charreada is very rich, as well, with riders sticking to the old fashioned costumes and learning the old forms of riding to keep that alive today.
    PS. the cenote looks incredible….where is it exactly?…I might be traveling through that way in a couple years…

  6. Anne says:

    Amazing day, amazing photos. Sounds like a perfect day! 🙂

  7. Heidi says:

    Wow. That picture of the cenote gave me chills. So amazing and wonderful to experience. Wish I could have been there.

  8. Lucia says:

    My dad was a regular at the Sunday charreadas. He loved dressing his two girls in cowboy gear and showing us off to all his friends. It was a treat for us girls. These pictures took me back to Guadalajara where I grew up. My dad is now in heaven but those days are forever imprinted in my mind.

  9. Milinda Lawless says:

    mark this, and I will remind you….take us to this place on our next visit….k?

  10. Tamika says:

    I’ll be in Tulum in just a few weeks! I remembered reading this post of yours and wondered if you’d share the location with me.. I showed this to my husband and we would both love to experience the ranch and this remarkable cenote! we plan on renting a car for a day or two.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful writings and occasional meanderings through your paradise.

    • Beth says:

      Hi Tamika! No problem. It’s called cenote Suytun and it’s about half way between Tulum and Valladolid (about an hour away, if I remember right). It’s pretty incredible. Thanks for reaching out and enjoy!

  11. Tamika says:

    Noted! Thank so much!

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