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  • Along the Riviera Maya shoreline near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, there is a place called Punta Venado that is an amazingly beautiful stretch of beach and jungle filled with hidden cenotes, far from the fast paced cities and towns along the coast.

    Here you see my family swimming in a secret cenote that is rather unique. Some cenotes are ancient collapsed caves that are now open to the air, the water within a cenote is usually crystal clear and a part of the underground cave water system.

    This particular cenote is extremely close to the ocean so there is an influx of salt water from the ocean. This mix of fresh water and salt water allows tropical fish to swim in from the salt water and survive in cenote water, which is most frequently only a place to find catfish and fresh water aquatic life. My daughter is looking down into the water as a small tropical fish, her new friend, is swimming lazily around her feet.

    We float in the cool cave system water in our own tropical paradise. We are the only ones there and it feels as if the jungle is wrapped around us. It is quiet and protected and we touch nature in solitude; reticent to leave and happy to be together.
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