CALLING ALL DIVERS, ADVENTURISTS AND HISTORY BUFFS! MAKE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE A TOUR TO THE CENOTES OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA!
Are you bored with taking the same old vacation and doing the same touristy things over and over again? Trying escaping the walls of the resort and visiting ecological masterpieces like the Cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula.
These cenotes are an underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods. At these hidden locations, you can swim in crisp mineral-rich waters in magical caves or under a jungle-framed sky.
So say goodbye to the crowded beaches and mini bars for a day and go get lost back in time and rejuvenate your soul!
WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE CENOTES OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA???
Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. Most cave cenotes have fresh water that has been meticulously filtered by the earth, making them so clear and pure that you can see straight through to small fish frolicking in the plant life below. Open-air cenotes also have clear water, and often are home to vitamin- and mineral-rich algae that nourish and protect your skin.
HISTORY OF THE CENOTES OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA…
The Mayans revered cenotes because they were a water source in dry times; the name cenote means ‘sacred well’. Mayans settled villages around these spiritual wells and believed that they were a portal to speak with the gods.
WHAT TO DO AT THE CENOTES OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA…
Underwater photographers will be thrilled with the clear waters, which allow for aquatic-playground shots in high-definition clarity.
Snorkeling is the most popular activity and don’t worry if you don’t own snorkel gear, it will be for rent along with flashlights and life vests.
Along with snorkeling, the cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula are world renowned scuba diving sites. I use Trip Advisor to help me choose the companies I want to book with – you should do the same!
The best part about these cenotes is that they are just inland from the Caribbean coast, so you are a short cab ride to any of them.
HERE IS A LIST OF ALL THE CENOTES OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA
Cenote Yokdzonot, near Chichen Itza
Cenote Dos Ojos, Near Tulum
Cenote Azul, near Tulum and Playa Del Carmen
Cenote Samula, near Valladolid and Chichen Itza
Cenote Ponderosa, near Playa Del Carmen
Cenote Grutus de Loltun, near Chichen Itza and Tulum
Today you can still see why cenotes held the Mayans in awe. Swimming in the pristine waters feels like stepping into prehistory, where giant tropical trees and vines form wild cathedral walls leading up to thick beams of sunlight.