We spent 15 days in the Riviera Maya. Enough to experience the best the are has to offer: mexican food, snorkeling the mesoamerican reef off the coast of Cozumel island, swimming with turtles at Akumal, exploring Coba on a bicycle, spending a day at Chitzen Itza, a morning at Tulum ruins and another day on Tulum beach.
But one of the most unique experiences one must have at the Yucatan is the amazing Cenotes, a geological phenomenon like no other. Cenotes are basically holes that opened when parts of the earth collapsed due to heavy rainfall. When rain filled the holes, small ponds were created, called Cenotes. Some are under the sky. Others are hidden in mystical caves.
There are billions of cenotes at the Yucatan. Some are open to the public. With a small fee, you can dive, snorkel or simply swim in them. Each one has something new and awesome to offer:
Cenotes Dos Ojos: 2 cenotes, one next to the other. One visible under a rock, the other only accessible if you dive through the first.
Cenotes Ik Kil & Semula: 2 cenotes, one bicycle ride away from the colonial town of Valladolid, near Chitzen Itza. Swimming in them is a mystifying experience, as the are both underground. The only natural light in the caves is the one trying to make its way inside through the hole on the caves’ ceilings.
We also swam in one more cenote that we drove by on our way back to Akumal from Coba. We avoided the Grand Cenote, because it’s always too crowded to enjoy or take pics.
Which Cenotes have you swam into?