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🇬🇧 CENOTES by Clau Mendéz

Actualizado: 31 may 2020

A cenote is a deep, water-filled sinkhole in limestone that is created when the roof of an underground cavern collapses. This creates a natural pool which is then filled by rain and water flowing from underground rivers. The word cenote is derived from the Mayan word "D'zonot" and refers to any subterranean chamber that contains permanent water. Cenotes tend to have very clear, cool and fresh water.

Since past times cenotes have been places of great significance for the Mayan culture. They represent portals to the underworld, better known as Xibalbá, a mystic place where gods, ancestors, and supernatural beings resided.

There is different types of cenotes:

Semi - open:

These cenotes have the contrast of two things: one part of it is open and another runs beneath a surface which creates half a cavern where it is common to find birds nests on the natural holes of the stone.


Open cenotes are considered the oldest as their upper part is already collapsed. The sun’s rays coming together with water provides the abundant wildlife of these open cenotes.


This cenotes can normally be accessed through a land-level entrance and then open up to an underground body of water that fluctuates between shallow and deep areas interspersed with dry sections. Here, it is common to find bats, hanging from the ceilings.

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is home to more than 6000 cenotes.

What should you pack for your cenote trip?



-Sandals / Flip flops: They are easy to carry and keep your feet comfortable. Water shoes are also welcome.

-Sunscreen/ Insect repellent: We don't recommend the use of sunscreen buy if you really need it should be biogradable and you should to apply it at least 30 minutes before to swim. We always sugest to clean you body of chemicals before to swim. Since the water is part of the sensitive ecosystem, keeping it clean will protect nature.

-Camera: Action cameras and cellphones are definitely welcome in this type of excursion. (Restrictions may change acording to each place).

-Tennis shoes: It is a good idea to wear tennis shoes while walking through rocky paths.

*Some cenotes offer you the rent of life jackets. The snorkelling equipment is not available in all of them. Ask about this when you are booking your tour.

Take a look at the companies part of this cause! They have many options for you!

Don’t miss the opportunity to get a memory of these amazing and mystical places!

Photo by- Hugo

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Laura Malacara
Laura Malacara
07 mai 2020

Amazing, thanks for sharing Clau!

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