Extraordinary Cenotes in Photos – Discover Mexico’s Underground Caves

A beautiful collection of Mexico;s Cenotes in photos featuring the magnificent cenotes of the Yucatan

Cenotes in Photos

Cenotes are located all around Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and a few Caribbean islands as well. It's estimated that there are well over 6000 of them in the area.

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Tree Roots Suck up Water at Samula Cenote

What is a Cenote?

What exactly is a cenote? It's a freshwater sinkhole usually connected to an underground river system that flows through limestone passageways in the earth.

Cenotes come in many different shapes & sizes. Some are completely underground, others are semi-underground with small openings that let in sunlight, and some have no cave ceiling at all — exposed to the outside world.

The water here is crystal-clear and perfect for swimming. Snorkeling and SCUBA diving in a cenote are other popular activities, as there is a lot to see down there. Underwater stalactites, stalagmites, blind fish, cave fossils, and sometimes even ancient human remains are found in them.

These unique water-caves are considered sacred to the Mayan people who believed them to be entrances to the underworld. They were also once used for ritual human sacrifice!


Mexico in Photos – Cenotes of the Yucatan

Many of Mexico's most popular cenotes are located on private land, but you can often visit them for the day after paying an entrance fee of $2-$10 US and create your own memories of Mexico in Photos.

Cenotes are truly magical places, and should be a must-see while traveling through Mexico's Mayan Riviera. Here are some of my favorite shots of Mexico in Photos, particularly Cenotes. Enjoy!

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Getting Some Sun at Xcanche Cenote

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Cave Divers Prepare to Submerge at Pit Cenote

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Colorful Limestone Walls at Grand Cenote

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Lily Pads Cover the Water at Kuzan Cenote

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Sunlight Beams into Dzitnup Cenote

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Interesting Stalactites Inside Dos Ojos Cenote

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Matthew Karsten is a full-time vagabond & adventure junkie who's on a mission to inspire others to get out there and explore the world. Enjoy more photo essays like this one as well as travel advice, crazy stories, & entertaining videos on his adventure travel blog.
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