At Cenote San Ignacio, just 35 kilometers southwest of Merida in the small pueblo of Chochola, you will find a wonderful little cenote and gruta (cave) just beckoning for you to enjoy. The park-like grounds are small and well kept, and the locals are friendly and accommodating. There is a large palapa (thatched roof shelter) you can sit under and enjoy your favorite beverage as time rambles on. Although we didn’t eat there, the food looked delicious and very inviting! There are several smaller palapas you can use to idle away the hours as you ponder the splendor of this unusual little piece of paradise. An added bonus to my visit was the mascot on premises! A fuzzy white rabbit, very tame and docile, will come right up to you and he will let you hold him or you can just pet him. He enjoys it all!
You must walk down some very steep stairs to gain access to the gruta and the cenote, but the handrails come in very “handy”and the journey down is more than worth the trouble! As you enter the gruta, the first thing you notice is a tremendous change in temperature. The day I was there, it was a bit cool outside, overcast, and a few showers, making for somewhat of a "blah" day. On entering the gruta, the blah day became a distant memory. It seemed like I was walking into a sauna that hadn’t quite heated up all the way just yet! And then - the splendor of it all. The cenote itself. The inviting water was absolutely crystal clear and you could easily see even the smallest pebble on the bottom. The cavern was well lit and the music was typically a bit loud, but “danceable”! I knew that I just had to swim in that beautiful, crystal clear water and I did! I stayed in the water for about an hour and a half taking in the mystical splendor of my underground surroundings. I marveled at the limestone rock formations, the fresh, clean, clear water, and the very impressive ambiance of it all! Mother Nature at her best!
The waiter and the "wabbit"