By tradition, cenotes are a distinctive insignia of the natural Yucatecan landscape. Sunlight filtering through the cracks in the rocks and projecting onto the transparent water is a visual banquet for nature lovers.
Cenotes vary in size and shape according to their location. They can be as irregular as the sunken ground which makes them possible. Some are open in the form of a lake or pool, other cenotes, are half hidden in the caverns, still other cenotes are completely enclosed except for the sprinkling of sunlight through the cracks above and some are only accessible by following underground passages.
Although no two forms are alike, it can be said that cenotes share certain characteristics. The water is cool and fresh since it emerges from underground deposits. It is clear and rich in flora and fauna giving rise to an ecosystem in almost perfect balance, and spectacularly beautiful.
For many years the cenotes of Yucatan have been the object of speculation and legend, since they played a determining role in the development of the Maya civilization. Immense communities grew up around them, making them the hub of the city. An abundant quantity of offerings and jewelry has been recovered from the floor of the cenotes, apparently thrown into the depths after human sacrifices. Ceramic remains and utensils destined for religious ceremonies have also been found.
As well as their exquisite natural beauty, cenotes have an important archaeological value and are perfect for ecotourism activities, such as cave diving, submerging and penetrating the cave depths, exploring sub aquatic galleries, and finding your way through the labyrinth of underwater tunnels is an unforgettable experience for any enthusiast. Besides diving and generally getting to know the place, there’s also rappelling and swimming to enjoy, while you take in the beauty and mystery which has taken nature tens of millions of years to shape.
Snorkeling in a cenote will be the main focus on this trip, and then walk the streets of a real Mayan village where you will end up at a Mayan home where they will teach you how they prepare their typical food. They will use traditional ingredients plus make handmade tortillas!
You will be invited into their home, shown around, see their customs, recipes and even learn some words in Maya. This is the opportunity to see real Mayan roots.
Bring hat or cap, comfortable clothes, camera, bathing suit, towel, and biodegradable sun block and repellent.
This tour operates with minimum 4 people, however contact us for availability.