The Cenotes of Yucatan

Editor’s note: The Cenotes of Yucatan were used by the ancient Mayan’s for freshwater and sacrifice they believed they were portals to the afterlife, as evidenced by the human remains and gold offerings found in them. Steph and Andres would soon be exploring this for themselves not so many weeks after seeing them on TV’s Planet Earth series.
Andy Seabrook.

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Photo Credit: DiscoveringIce

I remember watching the ‘Caves’ episode of Planet Earth in early 2012, where they explore Mexico’s famous cenotes of the Yucatan and never imagining I would get the chance to do it myself one day! Turns out a few months later, there we were chilling in one of the most unique natural attractions in Mexico.

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Andres in Dzitnup Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico. Photo Credit: DiscoveringIce

What is a cenote?

A cenote is an underground cave or sinkhole in the earth that has been formed by the above limestone rock collapsing to reveal freshwater pools and caverns. Mexico has the largest network of these underwater cave systems in the world, with over 6000 cenotes in the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatan!!

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