Discover The Best Cenotes in Mexico
The vast coastal region of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a paradise abundant with tropical beaches, spectacular wildlife, ancient Mayan ruins, and a whole lot of adventures. The island is home to lush green forests where you can find amazing remnants of architecture from past civilizations.
The Yucatan Peninsula is also the home of the best coral sand beaches in Mexico, a place where the emerald waters turn into turquoise waves as they crash beautifully on the perfectly white sand beaches. There are also other hidden gems in the island with equally outstanding beauty which are known as cenotes.
Cenotes are known to be natural pits, or sinkholes, that are the result of the collapse of limestone bedrock that expose groundwater and there are thousands of them in the Yucatan Peninsula. These amazing formations were once revered by the ancient Mayans as sacred wells and now they are beautiful attractions for tourists, adventurers, and explorers alike. Here are some of the most beautiful cenotes in the island.
Cenote Azul is one of the popular cenotes in the southern area of Playa del Carmen. The great thing about this L-shaped cenote is the fact that it is in an open area and not in a cave. It’s also more shallow than the other cenotes making it perfect for families since children can also enjoy the waters. There are also deeper parts where adults can swim and even do some cliff diving of about 5 meters high.
This cenote is an open one and is surrounded by a lush green area with plants growing in the water and moss-covered rocks. It’s also a great place to do some snorkeling and underwater exploring in the caves that extend deep under the ground. On one end of the cenote you can find a 12-foot high cliff for jumping but there is also a tree that’s a bit higher than the cliff where people can jump off from as well.
In the middle of the cenote you can find rocks that once were part of the roof which are now submerged about 1 foot underwater. This makes for a nice place to rest while little fish might come up to you and gently nip on your feet and clean the dead skin. These fish are the same ones used in fish spas in the city.
Entrada de Grand Cenote
The Gran Cenote is one of the most famous cenotes in Mexico. It is Located just a few kilometres from Tulum on the way to Coba and is considered as one of the top diving spots in Riviera Maya. El Gran Cenote consists of several cenotes winding along the verdant jungle floor connected by wooden walkways. The cenote is filled with crystal clear water teeming with fishes. The place is also ideal for snorkeling where you can notice a lot of underwater life without going in too deep. Dives can also be arranged as the cenote has some deep parts as well.
The Calavera Cenote is named as such due to the fact that it’s physical appearance resembles that of a skull. Calavera is a Spanish word which means skull, Calavera is also sometimes called “The Temple of Doom cenote”. In the area you can find the main hole with two smaller ones that look like its eyes. The water inside the cenote is quite clear and the area is a popular spot for diving as the visibility underwater is quite high.
Cenote Dos Ojos
Cenote Dos Ojos or in other names, the Two Eyes Cenote, is one of the most extravagant diving sites in the Yucatan peninsula. It is also considered as one of the largest underwater cave systems. The cenote is named as such because of the two 70 meter wide sinkholes connected by a 400 meter long passageway. There is more natural light in the area and the visibility through the water is amazing making it a great location for snorkelling and diving. Dos Ojos is the location of the deepest known underwater cave passage at a 118 meter depth. The whole cave system is at least 61 km long.
Cenote Taak Bi Ha
Cenote Taak Bi Ha in the native Mayan language means “hidden water”. To enter the cenote, you need to pass through a small hole surrounded by lush vegetation and then go down some stairs until you reach the cenote. Taak Bi Ha was opened to the public only recently. The area is completely safe and kid friendly as the depth of its waters and swimming area varies from 1 to 4 meters. Snorkeling in the cenote is done with the help of a local guide as you move through the narrow spaces of the cavern where you can discover ancient formations in and out of the water.