What if a large portion of inhabited land were a Dutch cheese, one of those delicious ones that are full of holes, likewise the Riviera Maya, a peninsula formed by limestone that is said to have been hit millions of years ago by a meteorite and whose internal pressures on earth gave rise to one of the most spectacular natural jewels that can be known, the Cenotes. Fortunately, in the Yucatan peninsula there are more than 10,000 of these, each one with a different attraction that makes you want to meet each one.
According to professor Google, a Cenote is a very deep water well, which is fed by the filtration of rain and by the currents of the rivers that are born in the heart of the earth. And there are many forms and configurations that depend on the age of their formation, ranging from open (The oldest) semi-open and completely closed (The youngest), and their walls that mark abrupt drops in the land where They are located generally covered with native vegetation and serve as a home for birds and some amphibians endemic to the region.
For me, it was a complete surprise, one of the most spectacular in terms of natural landscapes, since in my country these formations do not exist and surely many of you will be the same. I felt like I was in a huge amusement park jumping from one cenote to another, you can see many if you don’t have time limits, but if your vacations are short and you still want to see these places, I have a very practical recommendation and with everything in one place. Located in the heart of the coastal area of the Riviera, a few kilometers from Playa del Carmen is Kantun Chi, a natural park that brings together all types of Cenotes and even an underground grotto to go crazy with emotion and the impression of the greatness of the beautiful things that mother nature offers us.
This park has 5 Cenotes and an underground river, in the end you will not know which one you stay with.
- Kantun Chi, “Mouth of yellow stone” (in Mayan language); This is a semi-open type cenote with a depth of between 1 to 12 meters.
- Saskaleen Ha, “Transparent Water”, is one of the largest cenotes in the park, it is semi-open and its depth ranges from 1 to 6 meters.
- Uchben Ha, “Ancient Water”, revealed to the sky, near it is the majestic Mot Mot bird; its maximum depth is 4 meters.
- Zacil Ha, “Clear Water”, is a wonderful cave-type cenote, you enter through a small opening into its crystal clear waters.
- Zihil Ha, “Where the water is reborn”, an open cenote where you find a rich beauty of flora and great vegetation, which make this cenote a paradise.
If you have only one day, this place is perfect to get to know all the culture that moves around these natural wonders that you certainly cannot skip if you are in these lands.
In all the towns or cities of the area you will be able to find tours to different places of the peninsula to visit Cenotes, and as I told you before, there are many, choose the one that most caught your attention and enjoy as children something for me is the eighth natural wonder of the world!!
Tell me and let’s all make a list of places that you consider to be natural wonders that we should all know.
And as I always say, Mexico is in my heart and always in my travel plans, see you soon!!
“Because life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better”
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