For many, a trip to Mexico will involve staying in humungous hotels on lush white sand beaches. However if you fancy a trip with a difference, go and swim in a Mexican sink hole!
The freshwater rivers which run beneath the ground occasionally give way to sink holes in the earth! Scary? Well only if you think about impending doom, otherwise you could think it’s an opportunity to do something different! We went on such a trip when we visited Mexico a few years ago and it, here is an example.
Why would you want to swim in a Mexican Sink hole though?
- Cool water in the heat – let’s face it Mexico is hot!
- Fish swim around you. Although we couldn’t always seen them due to our sink hole being deep underground making the water appear deep.
- Deep….the hole is deep and so is the water you are swimming in!
- Who else has done it? How many of your friends have ever swam in a Mexican sink hole? Be the first!
What was it like?
As I stated above, Mexico is a very warm country, so the idea of a cooling dip on our day trip to visit Chichen Itza was welcome. The sink hole was accessed by steps carved into the stone, an adventure on its own! For the brave there was a diving area, for others there is an easy access ladder to ease yourself in to the cool water.
From above it is difficult to see much, especially as a safety wall had been built around the entrance. However from below it is magical. Roots from trees and plants growing above have grown the entire length stretching down to the water. It seems like we are miles below the earth in another world.
The water is not a pool but inter-connected rivers stretching for miles and as such there are a lot of fish in it. A bit unnerving to begin with when they bump in to your ankles, however once you realise they are not going to bite it adds to the experience.
Love swimming with fish? Why not try snorkelling in Thailand, somewhere like the Similan Islands? You will not have seen parrot fish as big as they are here I can assure you!
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