Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 6 – Cockscoomb Basin & Blue Hole

Day 6 – Cockscoomb Basin & Blue Hole

Breakfast at a Mayan village at the entrance to the Cockscoomb Basin Park, a refuge for wildlife, especially the endangered Jaguar. The little shrine round the back showed that the modern Mayan’s have fused their old beliefs with Catholicism. After breakfast we headed off up the mountain in the humidity and heat. Within a few minutes we had spotted an anteater up a tree on the trail, a rare sight. The walk then ascended up a trail past a waterfall to the top of the hill, and although it was draining (we dubbed it they Death March) it was a fantastic view across the entire basin. We stopped at the pool and waterfall, halfway down for a refreshing wade. Gil was to suffer the next day from mild heatstroke!

Blue Hole

Next stop, the Blue Hole, on the Hummigbird Highway, a cenote where an underground river bubbles to the surface and re-enters a cave just 50 yards round the bend. The water was deliciously deep, blue and cool. We also stopped for lunch at Chris’s local restaurant (guess what rice beans and chicken). By this time we were rather enjoying this staple, even ordering it when there were other things available. When Paul joked that he thought he was allergic to something, Carl quipped that “it would be savage if it were rice and beans!”

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