Elizabeth and her cruising family of 8 from Oklahoma was treated to a double shot of cenote fun today, when they arrived in Progreso on the Carnival cruise ship.
After finding them and getting them into the vehicle, we quickly drove out of Progreso and headed for the town of Caucel, quickly becoming a suburb of Merida, what with its new shopping centers, housing developments and even a Walmart, which is always a surprise to folks who didn't expect to see the giant chain here in Merida.
In Caucel, we had a great breakfast of pulled pork (cochinita) sandwiches along with local drinks like horchata, watermelon and dragonfruit aguas. Bought some mini-bananas and were entertained by a local man singing songs in front of the church, who also told us that his daughter was marrying George Bush's son. Really, that's what he said. I figured he was a bit on the loco side but he was entertaining nevertheless and provided some folkloric background entertainment.
From there, off to the first cenote of the day, the Kambul cenote in Noc Ac.
Noc Ac is a tiny cenote, near enough to Merida to avoid the 90 minute or so drive from Progreso that the other, more cavernous cenotes requires. For the kids, who when they arrived said "where are we going to swim??" since there was no open pool waiting, it was a refreshing start to the day which was turning out to be a hot one!
After that refresher stop, we headed across to Dzibilchaltun, the Mayan ruins site and home to another cenote, where the family enjoyed a tour of the site and another, larger cenote. This one is open to the sky like a swimming pool and features lily pads and flowers and tiny fish that will exfoliate your skin for free.
After breakfast in the small town of Caucel, swimming in two cenotes and exploring the Mayan ruins, Elizabeth and her family went back to the ship with many fun memories and the experience of a truly unique excursion designed just for them!