“You never know when you are making a memory”– sang Ricky Lee Jones in Young Blood.
Whenever I travel, this line always crosses my mind except for that moment in cenote Ik Kil, when my friend Navya and I finally jumped in to the tranquil blue waters to swim alongside the tiny catfishes that call this cenote their home.
We came here after a hot and sweltering morning at Chichén Itzá and really welcomed the natural cooling aura of this local watering hole. I had researched online a lot about all the cenotes that line the Yucatan peninsula (there are some 600 of them) before my trip and this was high up on my list. However, nothing prepared me for the sheer beauty of this place. You can never grasp its true essence until you walk past the very organized exterior set up (they have showers, life jacket rentals and what not) and suddenly glance at this natural wonder from up top. The lush greenery outside suddenly gives way to this open cavern and with sunlight floating in and water drizzling down in small streams, all you would want to do is jump into its blue waters.
When we arrived, there were already a lot of people attempting to dive into the water from the tiered steps around the cenote. Navya and I meekly tried to follow suit and attempted to jump, but acrophobia caught hold of us and we decided to wait for it to pass. But by afternoon, as more people lined up to jump off from the several steps, we finally slapped some sense into each other and decided that it was now or never! and lo and behold, we jumped! Though ephemeral, we knew that this moment would surely be one of the highlights of our Tulum trip. Since our camera’s battery died by the time we reached this little slice of heaven, I will have to rely on Google images to do justice to this place! So enjoy 🙂