Three Austrians with 508 in Quintana Roo: Cenotes and the bright Caribbean

After midday we met our friend Marcus at the entrance of the Chichen Itza Ruins. Never thought that it will be so easy to find him! We all had much to tell and beside we visited the ruins. These ones were not our favorite and the most expensive. Mass of tourists and stalls everywhere! We were glad to leave after three hours. For staying at night we went twenty kilometers to the Cenote Yokdzonot. There we could stay overnight for free at the parking lot, because we paid the entrance fee for the natural pool.

It was our first time in a cenote, but we never expected them to be so beautiful and clear. At morning we had to go back there again. Last days/weeks were really busy and had many kilometers to go. The next three weeks we wanted to stay at places for more than one day and not driving for hours nearly every day. Holiday from the holiday! After midday we went to the Cenote Samula close to Valladolid, which was completely different. Only a little hole in the ceiling brings a little light into this cave with the clearest pool. Amazing!

Close to 8:00 pm we arrived at a campground in Cancun. The fee was much overpriced, but when it is already dark, you have to take it. We prepared a delicious barbeque and fell into “Schnitzel Koma”. This city wasn’t interesting for us, so we left our 508erin at the parking lot of the campground, took a Collectivo (little cheap bus for usually locals) and a ferry to Isla Mujeres. Arrived we were wondering what’s going on there. Only a few cars, but nearly every tourist rides a golf cart. But it was a little island with nice crowded flair and plenty of bars.

We arrived at the 31th of October and stayed at the Poc Na Hostel. At night there was a big Halloween Party going on. Before in the afternoon we were a bit chilling at the beach and spent nearly two hours at a bar. The party then was really fun and it became late. Marcus was sleeping at our room and looked the door until 5:00 am in the morning. Bastard!

Breakfast was over when we got up. At a little restaurant we got little lunch and in the afternoon we went to the beach on the other side of the island. Really tired that day we went all to bed early. It was nice there, but not so much to see. We read about a German diving school Divemex in Playa del Carmen and we agreed, we need to dive when we are at the Caribbean. Kali and Peppi started the Open Water and Marcus the Advanced Diving course there.

For the nights we stayed at the close Hotspot Hostel with nice people and a restaurant at the ground floor. Many hours we spent for studying the diving books and rejected nearly every night program. But the team at school and the instructors were very nice and fun. One day in the pool and in two days with four dives at the coral reef by Playa del Carmen. You feel like floating weightless and you can see unbelievable creatures all a around. We were sure this will be a hobby we continue until we get too old.

We were glad to get our first diving experiences at this PADI School. Well organized, good equipment and cool instructors! When you have a problem under water, you will be glad for being instructed in your mother tongue to be sure, what to do in case. Thanks to Dirk, Ronja, Kai, Marco, Hanna and the whole team! We liked your jokes and sarcasm!

At night we wanted to celebrate a bit our new diving licenses, but everybody was too tired of the dives. We had dinner at the hostel and after a few beers we went to bed early. The town is quite touristy and after a few days city and diving we wanted to check an other place, which is more lonely and in the nature again.

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