Cenotes are fresh water natural turqioise pools found in the Quintana Roo region on the eastern coastline of Mexico. These underground pools, are filled with subterranean tunnels that link between different chambers have become aquatic playgrounds for diving, snorkelling and relaxing for locals and travellers alike.
Back in the day the ancient Mayan civilisation revered the cenotes because they were a water source in dry times; the name cenote means ‘sacred well’. Mayans settled villages around these spiritual wells and believed that they were a portal to speak with the gods.
During our stay in Tulum we visited almost one cenote a day, which was a great option for escaping the super-hot Caribbean sun or a tropical afternoon downpour.
If you are planning to travel to Tulum, Mexico here’s a are three of Cenotes that are definitely worth checking out:
- Cenote Dos Ojos
- Grand Cenote
- Cenote Agua Dulce
If you want to find out more check out the Lonely Planet Cenote Guide here.
Here’s a couple of shots for a few of our favourite Mayan waterholes.