It is worthwhile to start wondering what are cenotes, because besides of being distinguished by the beauty of its crystal clear waters; its history leads directly to the heart of the Maya.Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 5.43.56 PM

Cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula

Without going to deep into what they are, the cenotes are depressions in rock, flooded with fresh water. Just in the Yucatan peninsula you can find more than 7.000 -from what I understand, so in this post I am going to mention only a few of them.

Diving into these crystal clear waters, into a sacred place, is an experience that you must live. If you’re diver… There is no place for diving that can compare with this experience (said by a young woman such as myself who is passionate about marine life and water).  The experience of finding yourself immersed in fresh water, crossing stalactites and stalagmites that nature has formed over millions of years, is a magical experience. As a diver, you can travel a greater distance and more depth, allowing you to enjoy more of the reflections of light caused by some of the wholes in the cenote.

I have to tell you that the colors are hallucinating and it is impossible to fully explain in words, so I hope that you use your imagination.Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 5.22.18 PM

If you like to swim, definitely try to use a snorkel. You will not go as deep or cover the distance as you would with diving, but you would definitely enjoy the density of color, the changes in lighting, flora and fauna, and you will be able to admire the stalactites and stalagmites that are millions of years old.

It is worth mentioning that if you are claustrophobic or just a beginner in diving, this kind of immersion may not be very good idea. There are fairly narrow areas and if you don’t control well your equipment and your breath, it is likely that you might not enjoy this experience.

For those encouraged to live this experience, I recommend bringing: a swimsuit, towel, biodegradable repellent, a T-shirt, flip flops to walk through the jungle and definitely a camera, in order to capture the natural beauty of what you are about to live.

What more can I say? This is one of the best experiences, so I hope you go and enjoy it as much as I did! If you have any questions about any cenote in particular, send me a message and I will be happy to help.

To continue this journey, I will leave a few details on some of the cenotes (sinkholes) that I can recommend:Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 6.01.04 PM

Chac Mool: has two entries; one with many reflections and color changes. This cenote has a stalactite under water, that is the largest worldwide with a length of 13 m.

Dos Ojos: Is a cenote with very good visibility and with so many amazing lighting effects. It’s really is worth it, even if its just snorkeling. The experience in the second eye is spectacular.

Eden: (Ponderosa) seems to be a swimming pool in the middle of the jungle. Has many tropical fish.

Chickin-Ha : There are more than 10 km of passages, where one can see the incredible roots of ancient trees that were entangled for years in between the stones.

X’keken: a very mysterious cenote filled with stalactites and stalagmites with an emerald green color.Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 11.10.58 AM

Samulha: In the midst of this cenote, you can see roots of trees that offer a spectacular view. It has a gap of light just above that creates an amazing visual effect.

Kankirixche: This is more like a kind of cave, filled with tree roots. The water is turquoise blue and you could say it is one of the most beautiful cenotes.

Ik Kil: Is quite exotic. On the walls you can see trees, different types of plants and a formidable light effect.

Casa cenote: is completely open and is located in the middle of the highway of the Riviera Maya. Here you can see small fish and many plants. Its color is blue – green with a very good visibility. For a hot day, it is worth paying a visit to this cenote.