Survive That! – Mayan Sacrifice

Cenote Drop Off

Cenote Drop Off

My last game of Survive That! – it was all about water…

I got dropped off (cut-away?!) into a Cenote during the “Mayan Sacrifice” episode of “SurviveThat!”. Cenotes are deep caverns, often linked like a maze, that are formed when the limestone in the Yucatan region collapses. They are usually flooded and were very important to the Mayans as a source of water. When the light catches them they are beautiful, but swimming around inside what is actually a toilet for millions of bats was minging.

Cenote Kit

Cenote Kit

As soon as I exited I felt at home- Jungle. The instant heat and humidity was a welcome change to the cold dark caves. The problem with that region, I soon discovered, was that because the limestone is porous all the water in the region soaks away downwards. There were no streams- not even any mud. All the vines were dry too. I tried everything I knew to find jungle water, even attempting to use the caving helmet as a well bucket to reach the cenote water deep below. Nothing.

Mayan Swimmer

Mayan Swimmer

That’s the paradox of jungles- at certain times they are dry, it’s why Deiter Dengler postponed his escape for months during the Vietnam war. They remain hot and you sweat but there’s nothing to put back in. Dehydration is the inevitable result. I’ve never been that dehydrated before or since but I kept going til I found water at an old Mayan site and then coconuts at the beach. We were playing a game, but in the real world I would always have enough water with me and access to more.