The cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) are caves, caverns and freshwater pits that are millions of years old. The water was trapped when the sea level rose and filtered through the limestone, forming these natural masterworks. There are three types: open, semi-closed and closed cenotes, depending on their access way.
The ancient Mayas used them for their rituals and sacrifices—believing they led to the underworld. It is calculated that there are around 8,000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, considering that many are yet to be discovered, and every one of them is a unique wonder of the world waiting to be explored. Obviously you can go diving and snorkeling in the spectacular caves and caverns full of stalactites and stalagmites. The water temperature is a consistent 25° C (77° F) all year round.
Cenotes are among the treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula that you should not miss. Some are more tourist-oriented than others but they are all spectacular, and depending on what you are looking for you can choose which ones to visit. The one with the most visitors is the Cenote Dos Ojos, and Ikkil on the Peninsula, but all of them are charming in their own way and are sure to leave fond memories in those visiting them.
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