Cenotes are fresh water sinkholes connectied to a vast under water cave system. You will find cenotes all over this area of the Yucatan Penninsula. The term is derived from dzonot or ts'onot, meaning "well" used by the Yucatec Maya to refer to any location where groundwater is accessible. Cenotes were known to the Maya as the entrance to the underworld.
Many cenotes are open water pools surrounded by rocky cave outcroppings. Cenote water is cool, crisp, and refreshing and is a wonderful way to cool off from the heat. Visiting a cenote can be one the most amazing aspects of your experience in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan. There are cenotes of all shapes and sizes everywhere in this area. These cenotes also attract cave divers from around the world who have documented this amazingly extensive underwater cave system. Many dive shops offer cave diving from learning to expert levels. Whether you want to relax and just cool off or snorkel and dive the vast cavern systems, a visit to a cenote or several is a must.
If you are interested in visiting any specific cenote or want to go on your own personal cenote tour let us know and we will arrange if for you.