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What is a Cenote?, Tulum

Fun fact Friday! Gran Cenote , Yucatán Peninsula Cenote, (pronounced as “seh-no-tay”), is a deep, water-filled sinkhole formed in limestone. It is created when the roof of an underground cavern collapses. This cavern is then filled with rain and water flowing from underground rivers. The word cenote comes from the Mayan word dzonot, which means "well" in English! Cenotes are ideal for tourist for restful swimming experiences!

What is the significance of a Cenote? Cenotes were ritually significant to the ancient Maya people because they were considered passages to the underworld Are all cenotes the same? Cenotes come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. The most common types of cenotes are Cave, Semi-Open and Open Cenotes. Cave cenotes being the youngest and the open cenote being the oldest as it’s cave ceiling has fallen into itself!

Travel suggestions for Visitors

If you’re heading to Tulum, check out the cenotes! This one is the Gran Cenote!

You can do a tour of the best cenotes through Trip advisor OR you can visit them individually! Individually the price to enter ranges from $10-$25. They provide showers, as they require to wash off before you get in!

Cenotes are very peaceful, relaxing and therapeutic! I recommend getting there as early as possible (most of them open at 8am) and enjoying the cenote alone with the sound of the birds chirping an wind blowing.

I went to Tulum at the end of July. It was very hot but if you spend all day in the cenote, is the scorching hot weather that bad?! :)


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