what is a cenote and what are the best cenote activities

What is a cenote and what are the best cenote activities?

Swimming in a cenote can be an experience out of this world, but exactly what is a Cenote? Well, you’re about to find out all you need to know! 

These magical water holes are mostly made of Limestone and there are over 5,000 cenotes in the Yucatán Peninsula. They’re made from underwater cave systems filled with fresh water (most of them) and from absorbing rain water too.

What is a cenote and what can I do in one?

What is a cenote? Of course we’re curious about these beauties, so now that we know, let’s move to the most important part of understanding cenotes: What can I do inside one? These oases of the jungle inspire adventurers, explorers, snorkelers, scuba divers and people who wish to experience the true beauty of nature. The fresh crystal clear waters and the ancient formations are beyond flawless.

what is a cenote

What’s their history?

Derived from the Mayan word “tz’onot” meaning “abyss”, these underwater caverns remain as a sacred places for mayans, who used them for rituals, ceremonies and royalty.

Most of the mayan temples found around the Yucatan Peninsula were built around these natural wonders. Mayans thought of each cenote as a gift; a vital element! Water.

On average, how old are cenotes?

Beyond the question what is a cenote , we can’t help but wonder exactly how old are these sacred wells if they were around since the Mayans.

A cenote’s age is known by judging its formation. If you visit an underwater cenote that still has a roof, you’re inside the youngest type of cenotes. These type of cavern systems connect to the ocean, and the clarity of the water depends on the minerals found in the stone.

closed cenote

A semi-open cenote can be classified as middle-aged, and they’re mostly filled with fresh, crystal clear water. They are also covered in flora and fauna of all kinds; These type of cenotes are perfect to practice some cavern diving in Riviera Maya!

Roofless cenotes are the oldest. Mostly, they were completely closed a long time ago but with the flow of time, erosion collapses the rooftops and an open cenote comes to life, leaving us in awe every time we visit one.

Cenotes have ages between 66 million years and 13 thousand years.

Cavern Diving in Cancun

This is one of the best cenote activities in Cancun. You can enjoy the wonders of these incredible places by cenote diving in Riviera Maya and Cancun. We’ll guide you step by step through the whole adventure. We will make sure you don’t miss a single part of this breathtaking experience! We’ve got 3 brand new cenote diving adventures for you to take advantage of, plus more.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to practice for your diving certificate in Cancun – But honestly, we could tell you over a million things about these natural works of art, but they say images can say over a thousand words, so take a look at some of these cenote diving in Cancun and Riviera Maya photos!

cavern diving in riviera maya

cavern diving in cancun

cenote diving in cancun

Cenote Snorkeling in Cancun and Riviera Maya

Snorkeling in cenote is as beautiful as cavern diving, we guarantee that! In fact, both are very unique and different experiences you don’t want to miss!

As you swim around these wonders, you’ll be constantly shifting from one dimension to anotherLook underwater with your visor and snorkel! The world that lives under these calm, crystal clear waters is beyond belief.

Look around the surface of the cenote, depending on the type of cenote you’re in you’ll see bat caves, rock formations filled with flora and hundreds of colorful fish curiously swimming near you.

cenote snorkeling in riviera maya


Other cenote activities

Most cenotes have spots to chill, soak some sun and relax after a cold, fresh dip in the natural pool. The view is gorgeous. Snacks and drinks are welcome, just remember to pick up your trash and don’t try to snorkel or dive if you’ve been drinking!

Many cenotes have ledges where you can jump from – A wonderful rush of adrenaline for our adventurers! Jump from heights of 10 feet to 25 feet or more, depending on where you are! Grab your GoPro or your underwater cam and enjoy a dip in these timeless wells!

Now not only do you know what is a cenote, but you also know what to do and where to do it. Give us a call when you’re in town, we’ll arrange a van to pick you up at your hotel so we can all go enjoy a day in a cenote!

scuba diving in cenote chikin ha
scuba dive in cenote dos ojos
diving in cenote tajma ja in yucatan

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