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These Yucatecan Cenotes are unlike anything you’ve ever seen

- January 9, 2023

The state of Yucatan is the only place where cenotes abound more than the Oxxos, that is why today we want to talk about a TOP of the best Cenotes that you will find in the Yucatan state

Undoubtedly, if you want to experience being in these incredible springs and spend some time in a mystical, supernatural place that seems to be taken from a science fiction book, Yucatan is the right state, since this state is a place full of hundreds of or thousands of Cenotes.

The term Cenote comes from the Mayan word ts’ono’ot or d’zonot, which in Spanish means “cave with a water tank”, this refers to any underground space with water but with the only condition that it is open to the outside in some degree.

In case you didn’t know, the Yucatan peninsula is one of the 5 physiographic zones of the Mexican Republic and represents 2% of the country’s surface with 39,340 km2.

The Government of Yucatán carries out a census of cenotes in which it estimates that in the state of Yucatán there are about 3,000 cenotes, almost the same as Oxxos in Yucatán

The Yucatan Peninsula is full of secrets and wonders, here is a TOP 5 that you have to add to your visit to this beautiful destination, the Yucatecan cenotes are unlike anything you have seen, some are more beautiful, some of the most instagrammable and other of the best in the Yucatan Peninsula.

If you have finished your list of things to do with your special someone, don’t worry, today you have another 5 cenotes to highlight from your bucket list.

Go grab a pen and a sheet of paper because these are the 5 cenotes that you have never seen.

#1 – Cenote Zaci

This work of art of nature located in Valladolid, is a semi-open type cenote with free fall, its access is through a tunnel through which you descend by a stone staircase and a railing that surrounds the cenote. The hue of the water ranges from blue to slightly greenish, depending on the time of year.

The vault is adorned by colorful stalactites, being a very visited cenote due to its beauty and history. In the upper part adjacent to the street there is a restaurant specializing in Yucatecan food, from whose tables you can see the great vault and the reflecting pool.

#2 – Cenote Suytun

Suytún means “Stone Center” and this is the most instagrammable cenote on the planet, travelers, instagrammers and influencers from all over include it in their bucketlist of places to visit in the world. This wonder is located on the outskirts of Valladolid, in eastern Yucatan.

It is a cavern with an opening at the top, through which impressive rays of the sun enter, making this cenote an amazing place to click and capture the epic moment in a photo.

The Suytún Cenote has a stone walkway in the center from where you can launch yourself to swim in the water or walk to the center to take one of the best photos you can have in the Yucatan Peninsula.

 #3 – Cenote Ik Kil

This is one of the most famous cenotes in the world, due to its proximity to the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá.

Also known as the sacred blue cenote, Ik Kil has a diameter of 60 meters and from above long roots of the trees descend in the form of lianas, seeking the coveted water.

Here competitions of the Red Bull diving tournament have been held, which perform spectacular jumps in the cenote.

#4 – Cenote Xbatun

It is an open type of cenote and its majestic vegetation offers shelter to several species of birds such as the thó bird and turtle doves. This cenote has a movie view due to the tree roots that hang over the entrance of the cave and make it an ideal place to take a picture.

The Xbatun Cenote is important, since it has been the venue for recordings of national soap operas and is an important photographic point for couples who do their romantic photo sessions.

#5 – Cenote Sac Aua

The blue waters of this place are the source of many species of birds and vegetation that make this place a place where you can breathe harmony.

About 8 kilometers from the junction and Ek Balam, is the town of Dzalbay, home to the cenote SAC AUA. An incredible place like no other in the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the most beautiful cenotes.

It is unique in its kind, since it has a small island in the middle, with beautiful trees and lianas. This island is the result of the fall of the roof of the cenote, thousands of years ago.

Without a doubt these are 5 spectacular cenotes in Yucatan, if you want adrenaline, adventure and contact with nature these are the ideal ones.

Source: Top Yucatan

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