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.
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!
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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