There are 3000 cenotes in Yucatán with 65% of them having vestiges of the Mayan culture

Environmental authorities of Yucatan (Secretariat of Sustainable Development of Yucatan) have announced the number of cenotes that exist in the state, after a study to protect this heritage resource, due to its geological and historical importance.

Photo: Cenotes of Yucatán (Twitter@TurismoRiviera)
Photo: Cenotes of Yucatán (Twitter@TurismoRiviera)

The registered characteristics of each cenote are cenote type, either open or underground, area, vegetation, species of flora and fauna.

In the study it was determined that in 65 percent of the cenotes there are human remains, animals and objects of the Mayan civilization.

In addition, in more than 130 cenotes there are traces of when the Yucatan Peninsula was under water more than 110 million years ago, such as the Cuxtal Reserve Cenote north of Mérida.

The objective of the census is to determine the quality of water with scientific bases, since the cenotes make up one of the most important water resources in Mexico.

This record of cenotes allows to avoid the looting of the cultural patrimony, since there is evidence of illegal extraction, mainly of Mayan objects.