Holidays to Cancun: Dive into the magnificent history of the cenotes!

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The wonderful Yucatan peninsula is host to many myths and legends which transcend through generations. From its ancient and now extinct civilization of Mayas to its flavourful cuisine, Cancun has lots to show stemming from its colourful past and present. One geographical feature that makes it distinct though is its Cenotes. The cenotes are pits or sinkholes occurring from natural corruption of limestone bedrocks usually filled with water. Oozing with an otherworldly aura, these spectacular natural pools are some of the main attractions of holidays to Cancun and the surrounding areas.

Cenote Dos Ojos

One of the most well-known cenotes, Dos Ojos, means ‘two eyes’ and no other description would have been any more accurate.  As from another world, one is clear and you can see to the bottom where little tropical fish swim and the other is cavernous and imposing holding back on the mysteries held within. A must for most explorers who chose to have their holidays to Cancun, Dos Ojos is a challenge to snorkel or dive into as its dark caverns are largely unexplored and virtually unlit by natural sources.

 

 

Cenote Azul

Similar to a natural playground and left mostly unspoilt by mass tourism, Cenote Azul is a prime experience for the whole family during holidays to Cancun. The clear waters, calm surroundings and shallow natural pools are perfect for children and people who decide to take it easy. Nonetheless, divers will be thrilled to explore the hidden world hosted further into the cenote’s cave complex.

 

Cenote Ponderosa

The Cenote Ponderosa or ‘Garden of Eden’ situated near Playa Del Carmen is indeed both a natural and historical phenomenon. The Mayan population inhabiting the surrounding area used to consider this cenote as a portal connecting to the gods. Due to its religious significance the Mayans used to hold sacrifices and throw golden and silver offerings down into the 15m deep waters where numerous tropical fish dart by.

 

Grutas de Loltún

The largest caves in the Yucatan peninsula, Grotas de Loltun, are the entry into a magic underground world. Take a guided tour and let the professionals guide you through this immense cave complex complete with stalactites, stalagmites and other impressive rock formations. These caves provide a spectacular insight into the ancient civilizations inhabiting the area as numerous artefacts have been found, dating back to 200 BC. Murals and primitive depictions of animals, humans and handprints can be found within the caves, giving a hint into the people who considered the caves home.

 

Cenote Yokdzonot

Situated only a 10-minute drive from the famous Ik Kil cenote near Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot is a natural spectacle preserved by the surrounding population. However, being a less known cenote does not necessarily mean that it’s not worth the visit as this natural pool has been looked after from some of the last remaining Mayan people from nearby villages. Give your holidays to Cancun a unique flavour of local history by visiting and swimming in this stunning cenote.

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