THE Mexico shelters several natural beauties that attract thousands of tourists every year. THE Yucatan Peninsula it is well known for its stunning beaches and wonderful natural pools known as cenotes. Located in the region of Yucatan, the famous holes surprise and delight tourists who enjoy a paradisiacal setting with a hint of adventure. For nature lovers, these caves are perfect for swimming, diving, snorkeling, sunbathing or just relaxing.

You cenotes they are natural pools that are recurrent in a natural phenomenon where the layers of limestone rocks deteriorate over time, revealing an underground world with fresh water, filtered through the earth that makes them so clean and pure that it is possible to see different fish. Originating from the Mayan vocabulary (Dzonot), the word cenote was sacred to them. The site that was the main source of fresh water in the Pre-Columbian Era was also considered a sanctuary by the Mayans. They believed that the huge holes were true portals of communication with their gods.

At yucatan peninsula there are about 7 thousand cenotes, all equally beautiful, but each with its own particularity. Among the various 'holes' in the region, the most famous is Ik Kil. Located in the park of the same name, close to the Mayan archaeological city of Chichén Itzá, it impresses with its size and singular beauty. The huge hole enchants even more for its incredibly crystalline waters. Located 26 meters below ground level, the cenote is 60 meters in diameter and 40 meters deep. Its rocky walls are formed by an exuberant green vegetation that frames the well and gives an even greater charm to the place.

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Discover some of the most beautiful cenotes scattered around the Yucatan Peninsula:

Cenote Ik-kil

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Photo: Boris G / Wikimedia Commons

Cenote Samula

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Photo: David Frey

Cenote Dzitnup

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Photo: Lennart Schoors / WIkimedia Commons

Cenote Yokdzonot

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Photo: Ryan / Wikimedia Commons

Cenote Zaci

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