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All the rivers of the Riviera Maya run underground. For thousands of years, the porous limestone has filtered rainwater,

  • Cenote PapakalCenote Papakal
    Cenote Papakal, "Mud Stains", is located south of the village of Eknakan and about 45 km southeast of Merida.

  • Cenote KankirixcheCenote Kankirixche
    Located 49 kilometers south of Merida, Cenote Kankirixche, "Yellow Fruit Tree", has 15 m drop to water level down a breakdown slope that can be negotiated with a handline.

  • Cenote CalaveraCenote Calavera
    Carr. Tulum-Coba Km. 2, Tulum
    Cenote Calavera (also known as Temple of Doom) is located about 5 minutes drive west of Tulum and is surrounded by Jungle. Calavera is the Spanish word for skull.

  • Cenote Vaca HaCenote Vaca Ha
    From the intersection of Highway 307 and the Coba Road, drive inland (northwest) 7.3 kilometers, Tulum
    Permanent line begins at ladder, No primary reel necessary

  • Cenote San EduardoCenote San Eduardo
    Cenote San Eduardo is located near the village of Tecoh, 41 km southeast of Merida.

  • Gran Cenote (Sac Aktun)Gran Cenote (Sac Aktun)
    Carr. Tulum-Coba Km. 4, Tulum
    El Gran Cenote is located about 4 km from Tulum on the road to the Mayan ruins of Coba.

  • Cenote Dos OjosCenote Dos Ojos
    Carr. Tulum-Puerto Juarez Km. 17, Tulum
    Located 13 km to the north of Tulum, Dos Ojos is the second greater cave system of the world consisting of massive columns formations, crystal clear water, and a huge cavern zone.

  • Casa CenoteCasa Cenote
    Carr. Tulum-Puerto Juarez Fracc. Tankah Caribe Lt. 32 Mza. 3, Tulum
    Located 11 km from Tulum, boasting an underground cavern which flows into the sea, is also excellent for swimming and snorkeling.

  • Cenote Cristal (Naharon)Cenote Cristal (Naharon)
    Carr. Tulum- Chetumal Km. 3, Tulum
    This is actually 2 cenotes, one on the left side of the highway (Cristal) and one on the right side (Escondido) that join through an underwater tunel.

  • Cenote AngelitaCenote Angelita
    Carr. Tulum-Chetumal Km. 17 , Tulum
    Cenote Angelita is an advanced scuba diving cenote with a circumference of approx. 100 ft. (30 m.) and a depth of 200 ft. (60 m.) located 17 km. southwest of Tulum pueblo.

  • Cenote BolonchoholCenote Bolonchohol
    Cenote Bolonchohol, "nine mouse holes", is located 47 kilometers to the southeast of Merida and about 5 kilometers west of Cenote Chacsinicchee.

  • Cenote Escondido (Maya Blue)Cenote Escondido (Maya Blue)
    Carr. Tulum-Chetumal Km. 3, Tulum
    This is the less crowded cenote in the area, located south of Tulum. After a short walk through the jungle, you can swim with hundreds of fish.

  • Cenote Pet CemeteryCenote Pet Cemetery
    Carr. Tulum-Puerto Juarez Km. 13, Tulum
    This recently opened cenote, charms with its stunning formations of stalagtites and stalagmites and because of its remoteness, you can really enjoy the nature.

  • Cenote Carwash (Aktun Ha)Cenote Carwash (Aktun Ha)
    Carr. Tulum-Coba Km. 7.5, Tulum
    Car Wash (Aktun Ha) is famous for its delicate rock formations. Before the discovery of Sac Aktun and Nohoch, it was considered the area's most beautiful cave.

  • Cenote ChacsiniccheeCenote Chacsinicchee
    Cenote Chacsinicchee, "Tree of the Red Ant", is located 10 kilometers south of the village of Cuzama and 65 kilometers southeast of Merida.

  • Cenote Dzonot-ilaCenote Dzonot-ila
    This cave is one of the most beautiful cenotes in all the state of Yucatan due to its large and pristine underwater stalactites and stalagmites.

CENOTE (say-NOH-tay) is the Spanish equivalent of the Mayan word that means "abysmal and deep" or "hole filled with water".

Cenotes of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is an underground caverns and river system that formed limestone sink holes with naturally gathered water of a crystal clear turquoise color and a very pleasant temperature of 78°. The stalactites and stalagmites that form inside the cenotes are true natural works of art. In many, holes in the ceiling allow the sunlight to filter into the cenotes, giving the scene a magical feeling.

Cenotes were an important source of fresh water for ancient Mayas and also were considered to be the portals to the Mayan underworld, the realm of gods.

An estimated six thousand cenotes have been found in the Mexican states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo. Many cenotes have become famous touristic destinations, such as Tres Bocas (The three mouths), Cristalino (Cristaline), El Jardin de Eden (The Garden of Eden), Yax Mul, Cenote Azul (Blue Cenote) and the most known and mysterious one - the Sacred Cenote or the "Well of Sacrifice".