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By: Paulina Maqueda.

Cenotes, Chichén Itzá, CDMX, Chinampas…During the holiday break, my husband and I (Paulina) finally went on our honeymoon (after 3 years!). For the first part of the trip, we
swam in cenotes. Cenotes, or dzonot in Mayan, are actually water-filled sinkholes. Once considered to be passages to the underworld and used in rituals of sacrifice, they now offer
cool, recreational relief from the scorching sun. We visited two of the four types of cenotes, open and cavern.

When we weren’t on the beach or swimming, we were visiting Maya civilization ruins such as the Pyramid of Kinich Kak Moo in Izamal, the famous Chichén Itzá area, and the beach ruins in Tulum.

The final part of the trip was spent with my family in la Cuidad de Mexico, or Mexico City abbreviated as CDMX, and the State of Mexico. We visited the cathedral in the zócalo of
Mexico City, the main city square, where my dad and one of my uncles were baptized. We also climbed the Pyramids of the Moon and Sun in the once Otomi and Maya-ruled, later Mexica-ruled, site of Teotihuacán.

On the last day, we visited the chinampas in Xochimilco. Chinampas are floating gardens built for agriculture and served as an important food source for the Mexica in Tenochtitlan (now known as Mexico City). Nowadays, only a small plot of the chinampas has been conserved for historical purposes and some still farm the land as secondary source income.

We had the most wonderful time soaking in as much sun as possible and being surrounded by my family!