The Santa María grotto is one of the points to visit in Homún, one of the towns near Mérida full of surprises in the subsoil. Its cenotes and caves are the focus of tourist attention, Santa María awaits you in Homún.
When I visited Homun the overcast sky dawned, something that does not favor to take photos of cenotes; Always light is the palette with which we write photographers. So I decided to approach the grottos of Santa María, where there is no natural light entering the grotto, and thus go waiting for the day to clear.
In Homún they usually open the cenotes and caves of the 9 onwards, but in this wonderful land they have shown me in more than one occasion the kindness and flexibility if you arrive somewhat earlier. These caves are cared for by the family that lives adjacent to the grounds of the entrance to the cave. When I arrived I screamed, and a nice woman, Susana, appeared. She turned on the lights at the entrance to the cave, explained how to visit the place and told me what I could not do inside. Listening to their recommendations, I entered the caves.
What others cenotes of Homún in Yucatán to visit?
The caves of Santa María They are popular for their mud bath, a common activity among visitors. Caregivers warn you not to paint the walls with your hands emulating the ancient Mayans, as we see in some caves with bodies of water inside; surely the most remarkable example is the caves of Santa Rita, in X-Can. Remember that your thing is not a ritual, it's a bit of a pain if you do it. Despite the warnings and posters, you can see in the cave the lack of education that many humanoids lack.
Within the grotto Santa Maria You can take an inner tour: after descending to the grotto, you must walk wetting your body and follow the underground river, at the end of this stretch you will see the body of water, the cenote of crystalline water. I can not explain more because I did not have the pleasure of doing it, because walking alone with the camera and with the scheduled day for a few more cenotes, I did not have the time. I was left with the desire, so I will return with friends to enjoy the grottos again.
Like most caves in the Yucatan Peninsula, the grotto of Santa María It is surrounded by stories of grandparents, legends that soak the local culture. We know that the cenotes and caves are an important part of the Maya, being the subsoil one of his existential planes, just like the Mayans divide the world.
It was fantastic to look at this corner of the road. If you fancy a juice or a botanita when you leave, I'm sure that Susana will take care of you with her joy on the porch of her house, where she has prepared some bathrooms and some tables. It was a pleasure to talk with her, of those good little moments of my visit to the Cenotes of Homún. In Homún there are several guides that offer their services to visit this cave and other cenotes of the population.
Gruta de Santa María, cenotesLOCATION: grotto Santa María is located in
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? You can go in trucks (buses) second class or collective (vans) that cross the 180 highway leaving Mérida, Valladolid or Piste. Bus leaves from the Northeastern terminal of Mérida, 67 x 52 and 50; 7: 45, 9: 15, 10: 45, 12: 30 and 14: 30 schedules; It costs 23 pesos. Another option is to go by bus, leave when they are filled in front of the same terminal, on 67 street and charge 25 pesos. They take between 1 hour and a little more the big bus.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 10 to 17 daily. There are toilet services offered by the neighbor at the entrance to the grotto.
PRICE: 25 mxn (Mexican pesos).
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothes, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen (use it after bathing), closed and comfortable shoes to protect you from insect bites, some water always goes well. The swimsuit and a towel or pareo to dry after the bath. It is a good option to wear a diving mask to better appreciate the place.
THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTERO: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes, do not use body creams, or protectors, or repellents before entering them. Do not hang from the roots of the trees or touch the stalactites or do any other idiocy that damages the place.
ACCOMMODATION: there is a continuous stay to the grotto, Hotel Restaurant Santa María, where I ate deliciously. I could not see the rooms because they were occupied.
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