The word cenote conjures immediate emotion, right? Well, maybe for some, but for the majority, it is an alien word. Cenote is a collapsed caved filled with stalagmites, stalactites and a multitude of essential life. Well, that doesn’t sound significant, does it? Wrong! Cenotes are extraordinary and here is why:
Divers and Snorkelers welcome to heaven.
Cenotes are located primarily in the Yucatan Peninsula and neighboring Caribbean islands. They are laden with crystal clear groundwater with a hue of blue and wonderful marine life. One could devote hours swimming with the fish or peering at the specially formed underwater rock structures.
They are as rich in history as they are in color. Cenote is a word evolved from the Mayan word D’zonot and it is presumed that the ancient Maya used cenotes for ritualistic purposes. Nobody seems to concede on how the cenotes were operated by the Maya. Regardless, when the sacred cenote at the archeological site Chichen Itza was dredged, over 100 human skulls were recovered. But don’t let this discourage you from swimming in one. The discovery was over 100 years ago and the skulls were encountered in only one cenote out of many. The relationship between the Mayas and the cenotes is not the only association with ancient history. Cenotes are assumed to be created during a meteorite impact on the earth, the same meteorite that brought the extinction of dinosaurs.
They are simply mesmerizing.
With their uniqueness alone, they are captivating. Used by residents and visitors alike to cool off, consider them as the original swimming hole but 100 times better. No muddy water, they are clear, crisp and unbelievably refreshing. After a long day exploring the mainland, cenotes are the appropriate place to relax while enjoying the genuine beauty.
The mainlands Most Popular Cenotes:
· Dos Ojos Cenote, stationed in the Riviera Maya is completely recognized amongst divers.
· The Sacred Cenote of Chichen Itza, made famous by the archeological discoveries in 1904.
· Dzitnup Cenote, discovered near Valladolid, Yucatan is known mostly for its particular blue tint and cylindrical shape is one of my most photographed cenotes in the area.
Written by Stingray Villa