Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula provides a unique experience called cenotes. ‘Cenotes’ simply means sink holes in a layman’s language. They are rivers and pools which are concealed underground within caverns and caves characterized with crystalline water.
The people of Mayan called them dzonot, because they believed the cenotes were sacred and were the ways to the underworld.
Cenotes characterize the entire Yucatan from the village centers to the jungles. Experts estimate that Yucatan has more than 6,000 of this kind of natural wonders; however, some of them are far away from the beaten path. Among the 2,500 registered cenotes, a few are conspicuous for providing recreational opportunities or stellar views. Cenotes offer a perfect destination for cave swimming Mexico.
But in order to cavern dive, you need to be an experienced, certified cave diver or you should be in the company of a certified cave diver. A lot of accessible cenotes which are open to members of the public have a permanent line, which works as a point of reference during a tour. You also need the necessary water diving equipment, a line reel and two battery lights.
Cavern diving courses require four dives and take two days. A full cavern diving course requires at least 14 cave dives and takes one week. Here are some of the places where you may enjoy cave swimming Mexico.
Cuzama Caves: In Cuzama village, you have varieties of cenotes to choose from encompassing Chasinic’che, Chelentun and Bolonchoojol. Chelentun is known for brilliant blue water with high degree of clarity to enable an individual see deep down at its rocky floor part.
Omate rock formation is synonymous with this place. You should make arrangement with guides next to Chunkanan village to take a tour of these cenotes.
Chichen Itza Caves: The Chichen Itza cenote is a great example of the sink hole formation. This cave is certainly the most popular one as it is situated in an easily accessible site. Next to Chichen Itza, is the Sacred Blue or Ik Kil Cenote that attracts several tourists, especially around lunch time.
You can jump off a high platform or float in the deep pool. Abundant natural light, waterfalls and tangles of vines make for amazing photographs.
Valladolid Caves: A pair of cenotes across each other forms the Valladolid. Dzitnup are quiet and dark. Clear water enables easy viewing of most sea life in the pools. You can float on the back to see bats flitting between stalactites.
Tulum Area Caves: Located to the North of Tulum, Dos Ojos cenote is a popular attraction for swimmers, scuba divers and snorkelers due to its long chains of sinkholes and caves. Guided tours encompass a travel to the Bat Cave which is very narrow and have dark places. You should pay a visit to this place when it’s a bit warm because the water is very cool.
Kankirixche Caves: For little ravel alternative, you can sign up for ecotour to access Kankirixche, an exceptional cenote walled by tangled tree roots and stalactites. You will certainly enjoy swimming in this cenote.