What are the types of cenotes that exist?

The cenotes that can be found in Yucatan have been considered enigmatic, beautiful and religious both by the Mayan culture and by people today, since they are closely linked to culture and the evolution of civilization.

The cenotes are holes of crystalline waters that turn out to be both sources of water and recreational places, without forgetting that they have served as a home for different species of all kinds and as a time capsule for archaeologists, due to the remains they have found in their inside.

Know what are the types of cenotes

There are 4 different types of cenotes, and they have been grouped into different categories, since they have very clear differences, which we will explain below; the different types of cenotes are open to the ground, semi-open, closed and deep open.

The cenotes open to the ground

This is one of the most recognized among the different types of cenotes that exist, since they are surrounded by extensive vegetation, and are populated by a numerous fauna. It is normal that they are confused with lagoons or watery (in fact they are also known by these names among people).

It is common to find this type of cenotes in the middle of wetlands or within mangroves, which helps to enrich all the habitat found on the coasts. They are one of the oldest cenotes that exist.

Learn about semi-open cenotes

This type of cenotes is well recognized for its characteristic pitcher shape, since they are formed by a small opening in the upper part, its diameter increases in the internal part considerably towards where the water surface is until it reaches the bottom. .

In order to access the water that is inside, it is necessary to go through the upper cavern, however, once inside, there is still visibility since this cavern and the surface of the water are close enough to each other as to get a good amount of sunlight indoors.

The closed cenotes

They are the youngest cenotes, their shapes are circular and they are closed by a vault, this may or may not have some openings on its surface, which allows sunlight to penetrate in some of them.

These cenotes are normally accessible through passages, caves or tunnels that can be found at the water level, however it depends on the water levels that this is safe. Once inside you can see stalagmites and stalactites in large quantities.

Deep open cenotes

These are the best known and most popular, because they are totally open, cylindrical in shape, with completely vertical walls and have a great height, being able to reach up to 25 meters. These are also the most representative type of cenote, since the Sacred Cenote of Chichen Itza It is of this type and is one of the most recognized worldwide.

The cenotes, in general, turn out to be impressive for the eye and for the spirit, even some of them continue to be used as sources of drinking water in some localities, so their conservation is of vital importance to continue enjoying them.

Remember that you can always make tours of diving in the caverns that lead to these magnificent cenotes since Aquaworld offers the best diving packages that you will certainly enjoy.