Cenotes in Yucatan, a natural treasure

The cenotes in Yucatan offer the opportunity to live an adventure and enjoy the sensation of feeling the body floating in the crystalline water, achieving a connection with the magic of the Mayan culture.

It is estimated that in the whole peninsula there are 10,094 open to the public and suitable for tourist activities. Photo: Flickr
It is estimated that in the whole peninsula there are 10,094 open to the public and suitable for tourist activities. Photo: Flickr

In Yucatan, there are about three thousand cenotes and it is estimated that throughout the peninsula are about 10 thousand 094 open to the public and suitable for tourism activities, with access control to support the preservation and care of those holes with water, according to state authorities.

The word cenote, comes from the Mayan word "dzonot" that means abyss and for the Mayan world it has a magical meaning, because in their tradition they are source of life that offer the liquid and the entrance to these wells of freshwater, that symbolize the door to another world and approach the center of the communion with the gods.

To rescue these traditions and raise awareness of the importance of this treasure of nature, the Mayan people recommend taking care of the cenotes for their conservation, so that service providers are required to have certain care and comply with rules of cleanliness to visit them.

In this sense, the tourism authorities of the entity recommended the responsible visit to all the cenotes to help preserve their waters and keep them free of pollution, in addition to advising to enter with the body free of toxic products for the ecosystem.

As well as respecting the flora and fauna that surrounds them, it is possible to find animals such as iguanas, bats, raccoons, spider monkeys, a variety of fish, plants, and flowers, which have their own place in the environment.

Due to their formation, cenotes have stalactites or stalagmites, which should not be touched, because if they do, the ducts are covered and water stops passing through, which means that they will not grow anymore.

Among the cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula to live this experience of nature and adventure are those of Chelentún, Chak-Zinik-Che, and Bolom-Chojol places to practice snorkeling, and are located in the municipality of Cuzamá, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Yucatan capital.

By Mexicanist

Recommended stories