Yesterday we hired a car and drove to a recommended cenote, Cenote Christalino. A cenote is a deep natural pit, or sinkhole, characteristic of Mexico, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. It was a lovely tranquil place where we had a swim whilst the little fish kissed our toes. Life jackets were handed out at the entrance so you can just spend your time floating lazily in the water without too much effort. There was a rock a couple of metres high to jump into the water but none of us were brave enough to jump.
We then drove to the ruins of Tulum. It is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast and was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have been the cause of its demise.
Afterwards, we walked down the steps to the beach and had a much deserved cool down in the cool, turquoise waters.