The word cenote isn’t necessarily part of everyone’s vocabulary. However, if you happen to visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula you will no doubt come across this term. It refers to a natural sinkhole or pit, usually formed when the limestone bedrock collapsed, exposing the crystal clear groundwater underneath. The result is like an underground cave with a sunroof, usually with a limpid pool, grotto like foliage and some cool rock formations to dazzle you. These chambers are spectacular to explore either on a scuba dive or fairytale swim. They take on a mystical level when you hear that the ancient Mayans considered them portals to the underworld, or a place to communicate with gods. There are over 7000 cenotes in this region, which is ripe with underground rivers and subterranean pools. In the meantime, check out this quick video and be amazed at these natural wonders.
If you’re heading to Chichén Itzá or exploring any of the archaeological sites or towns of the Yucatan, be sure to arrange a refreshing stop at a nearby cenote.