Δεν υπάρχει τίποτα οπουδήποτε στον κόσμο, σαν τους σταλακτίτες σε αυτό το Cenote. Αντί για τους τυπικούς σταλακτίτες, σταλαγμίτες και στήλες, οι σταλακτίτες σε αυτό το Cenote έχουν σχήμα καμπάνων.
Μερικοί άνθρωποι πιστεύουν ότι μπορεί να υπήρχε άνεμος φυσώντας στο σπήλαιο όταν σχηματίστηκαν. Αλλά κανείς δεν ξέρει.
There’s nothing anywhere in the world like the stalactites in this Cenote. Rather than the typical stalactites, stalagmites and columns, the stalactites in this Cenote are shaped like bells.
Nobody is sure how or why it happened. But I’ve been in probably 100 caves above and below water and I’ve never seen anything like these, or I guess, has anywhere else. Some people think there might have been wind blowing in the cave when they were formed. But nobody knows.
Down the rabbit hole. This Cenote is way out in the Yucatan peninsula. Getting there proved to be a harrowing 250 kilometer adventure. ( More later). But this Cenote is also a bit different than the others that I’ve dived. Rather than a big open pit, you go down a narrow tube for about 90-100 feet.
Then you launch off into a side tunnel where you’ll find the bells. Going down the tube certainly isn’t for the claustrophobic, faint hearted or beginning diver. Once down through the somewhat mucky water and after the halocline (Where salt and fresh water meet.) area, the view of the bells opens up and makes it all wonderfully worthwhile.
And if you’ve been through cave tours, you know that you walk on a path and look up at the decorations (what they call stalactites, stalagmites and columns) but you can’t get very close to them.
When diving Cenotes (most of which are much easier than this one) you simply float up so that you can be within inches of the formations. You get a super up-close look. And it’s fabulous.
Just be sure your buoyancy is well under control so you don’t touch anything. After all these formations took thousands of years to form. A typical stalactite that looks like a straw or stick can take 100 years to grow an inch.
You’re looking at 1000s of years for these formations.