Whereas modern society views them with a touch of mysticism and adventure, the ancient Mayas considered cenotes to be magical places.
The Yucatan Peninsula has an unending amount of beautiful and unique cenotes, many of which can be visited by people in search of a different experience. There are likely other cenotes, still hidden, just waiting to be discovered by man.
In this post we are going to talk to you about what a cenote is, their peculiar forms and their natural environment. And since there are a lot of options and too little time to visit them all, we are going to help you out by giving you a few recommendations.
Pond or Cenote
The Mayas called what we now as cenotes ts’onot, meaning pit or hole in the ground. Many people tend to confuse a pond with a cenote. Nevertheless, ponds are not as well defined as cenotes. The two principle differences between the two are that cenotes tend to be deeper than ponds and that some ponds only appear during the rainy season.
The Form of the Cenote is Important
Cenotes can be open, half-covered or covered. The light that these natural wonders receive is a vital element to the photosynthesizing elements that give life to an aquatic community based on grazing. As a result, a dark cenote in which less sunlight enters very likely does not play host to many of these organisms.
Xplor, Rio Secreto… Something Else?
As we mentioned before, there are many cenotes that you can visit. To make it easier, let’s divide them into two categories: those that are highly visited by tourists and those who few tourists actually visit. We recommend that you take your family to visit Xplor and Rio Secreto in the Riviera Maya. If you are more adventurous at heart, however, we recommend you go to San Ignacio, located just 25 minutes outside of Merida, as well as the cenotes Chelentún and Bolonchoojolm, which can be found in Cuzama, Yucatan. If you don’t want to travel too far to visit a cenote, then Boca del Puma in Puerto Morelos is your best bet.
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We have given you our recommendations. Now it’s time for you to decide to spend wonderful vacations in the Yucatan Peninsula.