A beautiful collection of Mexico’s Cenotes in photos featuring the magnificent cenotes of the Yucatan 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.
Mexico’s Cenotes in Photos
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. Check out: 7 Wonders of the World – the New, The Natural, and the Ancient
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! See more Cenote adventures in Mexico at Rio Secreto Cenote – Mexico’s Magical Underground Caves
Book your own Cenote adventure in Mexico: This Coba, Chichen Itza Cenote tour lets you explore two of Mexico’s largest ancient cities. Learn about Mayan history and culture at Chichen Itzá and Coba followed by a swim in the sacred Cenote sinkhole of Ik Kil. Read more: 25 Best Places To Visit in Mexico
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. You may also like these 15 Fun Facts About Mexico
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. See more things to do in the Yucatan at Things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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! You may also like: Things to do in Cancun
Quintana Roo Exclusive Cenote and Tulum Tour – Explore a guided tour of Tulum. This extraordinary setting of Mayan Ruins located on high cliffs overlooking the sea. After your tour visit the Rio Secreto Cenote. Read more about Rio Secreto here.
This Chichen Itza Cenote Tour lets you learn about the Mayan culture at Mexico’s most popular Mayan ruins complex. Afterward, you’ll have the chance to swim in a sacred cenote. See more about visiting a cenote at Best Things to do in Cancun, Mexico
Visiting Cenotes in Mexico is one of the best experiences you can do. There are many ways to explore them and you don’t need to be an excellent scuba diver or snorkeler. You can book day trips where you can kayak through Cenotes, zipline over them, rappel into them, or simply swim inside. Anyone can visit a Cenote of all ages in Mexico.
See some of our Cenote Photo adventures
Below are more Cenote photos to inspire you to visit the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. Also check out: 15 Fun Facts About Mexico
Read more about Rio Secreto: Rio Secreto Cenote – Mexico’s Magical Underground Caves
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Read more Things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Are you inspired to book a cenote tour on your next trip to Mexico? Let us know how you like it in the comments below when you decide to go!
27 thoughts on “Cenotes in Photos – Discover Mexico’s Extraordinary Underground Caves”
Wow, those are some fantastic pics!
This is pretty awesome!
Awesome! this place reminds me of Jhonny Depp Movie “Pirates of Carribean”..so Beautiful!
One day I will definitely visit this place
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These places are amazing, I visited a few ones on my trip to Mexico and really worth it! Stunning views.
Awesome photos! I feel like going to Mexico 🙂
The moment I saw your pictures, I was really amazed and I even shouted “wow”. It’s really a must-see when visiting in Mexico
The Cenotes are definitely a must see in Mexico indeed.
About 8 years ago my 7th ever dive was in Grand Cenote and my 8th was in Cenote Angelita. These dives sealed the deal with my passion for diving and the Angelita one was one of the best things I have ever experienced. In November I arrive back in Mexico to dive as many as possible in my time there and I can’t wait!
Thanks for reminding me visually what I have been so looking forward to!
That’s amazing. We dove in Mexico at Cozumel for a week but never made it to the Cenotes. Next time for sure.
wow, what a fabulous place! when I’ve got enough friends and money together, ill be sure to take a visit. the pictures just jumped at me when i saw them. absolutely amazing, without a doubt! keep up the good work. 🙂
The photos are stunning! Diving in Cenotes is one of the biggest tourist attractions on the Mayan Riviera. Thanks for the post! Cheers, Rico
They are stunning aren’t they! When we go back to Mexico, this is the first thing on the list. When we went diving in Cozumel, we regret not taking a trip to the Cenotes. We should have. Oh well, a great excuse to go back.
Honest to god ..without even the slightest exaggeration I literally whimpered when I saw these pictures. I want to see these places so badly it’s mind boggling. I’ve been talking with friends about going cave exploring here in Ontario ultimately wanting to see spots even remotely similar to this…backpacking the riviera maya is too expensive:(
With street food, hostels (or Couchsurfing), and colectivos for transport, you can spend a month down there for less than $700.
Nice pictures. I like the crystal-clear water. It will be wonderful to swim there. It is a pure place.
The caves has always fascinated me. These ones look just like from the movies.
Actually the last photo, Dos Ojos Cenote, was featured in the horror movie “The Cave” as well as an IMAX movie “Journey Into Amazing Caves”. 🙂
Beautiful! Looks like a great place to take a dip.
From Kaycie Little (11), what kind of animals do you see cave diving? I want to go cave diving.
Hi Kaycie! You can see bats, cave swallows, and a few different types of fish.
If you look closely at the first photo (with the purple lights), you’ll see a bunch of little black things in the water. Those are black fish!
There are even some fish that don’t have eyes, because they don’t need them in the dark. 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I heart cenotes. 🙂
Wow, what beautiful photos. I had never heard of cenotes before but will now be sure to visit some when we eventually get to Mexico. they look so idyllic.
LOVE all these photos! Being an avid diver, I’m dying to dip into a cenote myself.
I sincerely enjoy your great articles about this wonderful world!