Today we spent the day at “Xel-Ha” ……. the world’s largest natural aquarium here in the Yucatan. It was amazing! A huge bay for swimming and snorkeling with tons of fish, a river of fresh water that leads to the bay, and many natural cenotes for swimming and snorkeling in! We hiked through the jungle and climbed hills and swam along the way for six hours….and my legs are feeling it. The beach along this coast is rough and wild…..and there was NO swimming there! It sure was beautiful though. The bay is protected and nice and calm…..what a contrast! The park had zip lines and bicycle zip lines, rope walks, river tubing, cycling, and a ton of other activities, including an amazing kids playground. What a nature wonderland! I loved this place! We were having such a good time that we almost missed the dinner buffet that was included in the entrance fee. We barely made it into the restaurante before they stopped seating people! It was a nice buffet too. On the way out, we passed the dolphin pools and I was struck with how sad they looked living in captivity. For the many times I have frolicked with wild dolphins out on the ocean on Maui…..there was an overwhelming lack of joy in those dolphins. How sad. Anyway, on a positive note, the park took in two manatees that were probably going to die in the wild and they are caring for them. Apparently, the manatees are nearly extinct. How sad. It is a beautiful place though, and we thoroughly enjoyed all the nature that abounded there. I can’t wait to go back on another visit to the Yucatan. Stay tuned for more adventures!