The Ik Kil cenote is a sacred site to the Maya people, and it doesn't take long to understand why. The atmosphere you find down there, when you reach the end of wet and slippery granite steps, it's something you don't forget.
It's like embarking on a journey to the centre of the planet, where mystical forces are at work to restore that peace and harmony that we tend to lose while living our fast paced lives.
Located in the middle of the Yucatan peninsula, this deep natural sinkhole is famous for its green leaves and vines hanging down from the top of the cenote to the water below. For tourists having the pleasure of taking a bath down there, it's such a relaxing experience and a spectacular view. For puzzle lovers like me, it's an incredible source of inspiration.
Given the large crowd nearby, it took me a while to find a good spot for a picture, but then, when I was about to take it, it obviously started to rain. A typical heavy but quick Mexican shower that almost damaged my camera.
I seem to have a certain affinity for rain clouds, but I have to say that in this particular case it turned out to be a very good thing. The clouds disappeared as quickly as they came, like on fairytales, letting the sun shine again on the cenote and its humid hanging vines. Several small rainbows appeared all around the place immediately afterwards. Once my camera dried out and was definitely out of danger, I took this picture. My clothes were still humid but it didn't matter.
Although only a couple of those small rainbows were left by the time I took the picture, I sort of felt the magic of that place in my hands and smiled to the sky above.
The resulting puzzle turned out to be complicated and very challenging. I decided to start from my favourite area of the picture, the sea green water where happy tourists where taking a bath. From there, I moved around the edges of the puzzle, putting together first the white and light green area on the top right, and later on the green areas on the sides and at the bottom.
The centre of the puzzle was clearly the most difficult part and it was saved for last.
The amount of long vines coming down to the water (some of them reflecting the sun light while others not) is quite impressive. In addition, this area of the picture came out a bit darker on the puzzle compared to what you can see on the original picture, making things even more complicated. What was supposed to be a beige or dark green area became basically a black area instead. I am not a big fan of black areas in puzzles, so this last part really tested my patience on several occasions. Nonetheless, I had a great time putting together this personalised puzzle, and felt like this picture was transmitting part of the magic that I felt when I was there at the cenote.
In addition, when I put together the last pieces I felt like I was kind of an explorer, or perhaps a young archeologist discovering ancient sites for the first time. The same feeling I got after completing the Discovering Mayas puzzle.
DIMENSIONS 96,3x68 cm
Have you noticed the missing piece?
Hopefully not...Well, the same happened to me initially.
Follow the red arrows below.
Here you can see it better.
I guess we will never know where this piece went. I looked anywhere. I checked the floor multiple times, but couldn't find it. It's unlikely a production issue, so I guess it went either in the vacuum cleaner, or somewhere in the furniture or perhaps in some clothes. Maybe I will find it in 2 years, who knows.
Most likely it's a black piece, so more difficult to find than other pieces.
To be honest, I wasn't disappointed when I found it out, I have always considered myself lucky to have never had a single missing piece so far.
I know that this kind of things can happen, especially when you are dealing with medium/big size puzzles. I actually found it a bit funny, as I realised it only after downloading the last picture to my computer.