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The 6 most amazing cenotes in Mexico

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For the Mayans, cenotes or "holes with water" were sacred sites where the gods could be contacted. Today, they are still small aquatic paradises to swim, relax, jump from the rocks, or dive between caverns and grottos.

Then discover the best options in Mexico, whose crystal clear waters will transport you to the sky for a few hours:

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1. Two eyes (Riviera Maya)

With a length of 83,000 meters, it is considered among the ten longest underground river systems in the world and is a favorite for diving. When you get here you will find a huge cave with turquoise waters and a pier. It will not take long to see small fish that swim by; Due to this, both for this and for the other cenotes, you will not be able to use sunscreen or any other product that can contaminate the water.

Hours: It opens at 8:00 in the morning and closes at 5:00 in the afternoon.

Location: 18 min (16.6 km) from Tulum and 1:38 hours (118km) from Cancun on highway 307.

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2. Great Cenote (Riviera Maya)

It is probably the most famous in the area. With a curious crescent shape, it is ideal for snorkeling throughout the cave system, as well as diving among fish. Its waters extend in such a way that you can swim under the open sky under the shelter of stalactites, where you will notice a hundred bats sleeping.

Hours: It opens every day from 8:00 in the morning and closes at 4:45 in the afternoon.

Location: 8 minutes (5km) from Tulum and 1:51 hours (133km) from Cancun on highways 109 and 307.

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3. Ik Kil (Yucatan Peninsula)

It has one of the most impressive entrances because, upon arrival, you will only see a huge hole in the ground surrounded by flowers and lianas. In the background, you will see people swimming in dark waters, while stone stairs descend to a pier. At 4 km is the Sacred Cenote that, it is said, connects with the Pyramid of Kukulcán.

Hours: It opens at 8:00 in the morning and closes at 5:00 in the afternoon.

Location: 1:25 hours (123 km) from Mexico and 2:17 hours (201 km) from Cancun on Highway 180.

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4. Cenote Azul (Riviera Maya)

At almost 30 meters deep, it is perfect for those who want to swim among fish or put their driving skills to the test. In the surroundings, you will find more cenotes, such as Cristalino and Jardin del Edén, one of the most beautiful in the region. Of course: do not be surprised if suddenly an iguana accompanies you while you sunbathe, since they live in the surroundings.

Hours: It opens at 8:00 in the morning and closes at 5:30 in the afternoon.

Location: 31 minutes (40 km) from Tulum and 1:26 hours (96km) from Cancun on highway 307.

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5. Dzitnup (Yucatan Peninsula)

Also called Xkekén, it is an impressive cenote, especially at noon when the sun's rays create an unsurpassed visual effect. In its waters, you can see blackfish that go deep into the depths.

Hours: It opens at 7:00 in the morning and closes at 5:00 in the afternoon.

Location: 1:45 hours (167 km) from Mérida and 1:50 hours (164 km) from Cancun on Highway 180

Cenote Cristalino - Top Properties

6. Cristal and Escondido (Riviera Maya)

Cristal in a small cenote, but that does not diminish its beauty. It is outdoors, surrounded by palm trees, turtles, and toucans. In the same park is Cenote Escondido although, as its name indicates, it is somewhat difficult to reach it because you must enter the jungle and walk among rocks and branches. However, it will be worth it when you can jump into its waters from a horn to explore its underground cave.

Hours: It opens at 8:00 in the morning and closes at 5:00 in the afternoon.

Location: 9 minutes (6km) from Tulum and 2 hours (136 km) from Cancun on highway 307.

Source: Unknown Mexico

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