Yaal Utzil

 

Yaal Utzil is an open-type cenote, which has a 12-meter long staircase to access the water. The color of the water is blue and measures 25 meters long by 39 meters wide and a maximum depth of 49 meters. It has two platforms to jump into the wáter, one 3 meters high and the other approximately 10 meters.

Inside, some vessels and feline bones (possibly jaguar) have been found. It has long been the natural pool of the settlers and their water supply.

Cenote Kankirixche

 

It is a semi-open type cenote, it has a ladder and wooden platform to access the water. The color of the water is blue and measures 25 meters long by 15 meters wide and a maximum depth of 50 meters and a minimum of 2 meters. Inside it has a cavern at 50 meters deep, with wide underwater galleries and good visibility. Its currently used for tourism, with optimal conditions for swimming and diving.

Cenote Xbatún

 

This cenote is an open type. It is very popular for taking pictures and has a special scenic view due to the roots of trees hanging above the cave entrance.

It has a stone staircase of approximately 20 meters. The color of the water is blue and measures 5 meters long by 25 meters wide and a maximum depth of 20 meters. It is suitable for swimming and diving. It also has a long underwater cavern, great for exploring.

Dzombakal

 

It is a semi-open type cenote, where to reach the body of water you descend by a masonry staircase. The water is crystal clear and in the deepest parts it turns a blue color. The water mirror is 25 meters long and 15 meters wide, with a minimum depth of approximately 1 meter and a maximum of 30 meters. This cenote has a beautiful cave that requires the use of scuba equipment.

Nah Yah (Nayáh)

 

It is a semi-open type cenote, with about 10 meters to reach the waters surface, You will descend a wooden staircase that facilitates the entry to the cenote from a platform where you access the water. The color of the water is blue, and its mirror measures 22 meters long by 24 meters wide and a maximum depth of 27 meters.

Its current use is tourism, swimming, diving and observation. It is one of the main cenotes used for diving activities because of the accessibility, it is ideal for beginners

Article by Alberto Swain of I Love Yucatan Tours.

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Cenote from the maya dzonoot: 'Hoyo con agua or hole with water”

 

These sinkholes are unique formations in the world and they are surface connections to subterranean fresh water bodies in the Yucatan plain. For the Mayans, the cenotes were sacred spaces where they would perform sacrifices and rituals. From ancestral times, the cenotes were of great importance for the Mayans and they were considered portals or windows into the underworld of the dead called Xibalba. Do not miss the opportunity to refresh yourself and feel renewed in these sacred waters of the Yucatan!

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