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Here in Florida and elsewhere in the US they are called sinkholes -- places where unnatural and accidental human caused phenomenons can suddenly swallow up houses, cars, and even people -- but make no mistake around the world cenotes (actually a Spanish Mayan synonym word for a sinkhole) are popular tourist destinations. It’s not all human fault and caused though.
One of the reasons we have reports of them almost annually in Florida is because we are on a peninsula made up of limestone and dolostone, frosted with sand and clay much like a cake, and sitting on a plate of sea level elevation. Heavy rainfall (ie. hurricane season) can contribute to sudden sinkholes, along with heavy use of groundwater for both agriculture and human consumption also contribute to geological sinkholes. They are impossible to prevent and sometimes even predict.
In the natural world of cenotes, they are natural sinkhole pits resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock wherever the water table is high and limestone formations are present near the surface. They didn’t occur yesterday or even recently. They’ve evolved over centuries and they make wonderful magical clear water open pits that are often places where cave roofs have collapsed. They are world re-known cave diving and exploration spots and the ultimate selfie backdrop for those adventurous and skilled enough to scuba dive in them. Cave dives are very popular.
While Dream Travel Today is featuring Cenotes in Mexico, be aware that they are also found in: Australia; Belize; Canada; the Dominican Republic; the United States, and even Zimbabwe. Here are some of the most popular and famous of Cenotes in Mexico:
Cenote Ik-Kil, Yucatán, Mexico - Talk about an adventure of a lifetime! This cenote has everything any adrenaline seeker could want. It begins with the carved stairs down to the sinkhole swim platform, among vines, black catfish, and mini waterfalls. A pristine clear rain water infused paradise, with a restaurant, store, changing rooms, and quaint cottages, plus Chichen Itza, a nearby Mayan ruins.
Among the three top longest underwater cave systems is a relatively new cenote discovery and still not completely explored with still much to be learned. Popular for both snorkeling and guided cave dives. The “Bat Cave” is a superb snorkeling experience in crystal clear waters that basically remain at a constant 77 degrees. It even has fresh water shrimp and numerous types of fish in its cenote.
Gran Cenote, Coba, Mexico - One big cave, a cavern, and two cenotes with a wooden platform, sandy beach, snorkel rentals, lockers, life vests, shower, and even changing rooms. You’ll probably see fish, turtles, bats, and swallows in its beautiful clear water. It’s also a popular gateway to the second largest cenote spot for divers.
Cenote Samula is surreal, serene, and so blue in its cool waters that you’ll think you’ve discovered paradise on earth. The steps are a little steep and slippery, water shoes recommended. The fish are so friendly that they will try to clean your feet. The crystal clear blue water will bring home to you the true meaning of the color “azul.”
Not all cenotes are about snorkeling, swimming, or diving. Some cenotes are for just hiking. Grutas de Loltun, is one of these. You’ll need a guide, but they are worth every peso for this isn’t simply a cenote, it’s a historically important cave area with cenote. You’ll see a lot of stalactites on the ceiling in this huge void of a cave. However, the real thrill is the ancient Maya inscriptions on the about two mile hike.
Cenote Oxmal San Lorenzo, Mexico - Little friendly fishes welcome you and a rope suspended high over the platform to swing out into the center of this cenote of magical blueness and equally magical coolness make you forget all about the slippery stairs you just climbed down to the platform. One of the cenote memories you’ll never forget in this peaceful oasis of natural blue.
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