So what are Cenotes?

You have probably heard me mention Cenotes a few times on this blog. You may also have seen a few photographs from me, trying to capture how beautiful they are. It is, though, exceedingly difficult to explain to people what an amazing phenomenon these natural bodies of fresh water are, or how good it feels to stumble through a hot summer day in Mexico and suddenly see this crystal clear water beckoning. But what is a Cenote?

A cenote is an underground body of water with a surface connection. Mexico, particularly the Yucatan Peninsula, has literally thousands of cenotes, most as yet undiscovered. They have been this part of Mexico’s primary source of fresh water for thousands of years. Miles of underground rivers flow beneath our feet here, and at certain points, erosion, rising and falling water levels, collapsing limestone and time create these amazing watering holes and cave systems.

I have only been to eight different cenotes, and yet each have their own unique beauty. Some are almost completely covered and only reachable by a thin staircase leading underground, and almost devoid of life. Others are open to the elements with jagged walls and boulders littering their depths. There are a surprising amount of fish in the more exposed cenotes and even the occasional falling Iguana. Each is unique and equally enthralling to explore.

Millions of years ago this part of Mexico was the bottom of an ancient sea. The resultant limestone is what now makes the shell of these incredible crystal pools and their dissolving, collapsing walls. When you swim through their depths you can almost see ancient Mayans swimming alongside you.

Here is a short video of some of our cenote experiences. In case you haven’t already realized, I love a good cenote.

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  • Bruv
    Posted at 23:55h, 29 May Reply

    You taken Nee to any yet?

    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 01:11h, 30 May Reply

      I’m strangling her in one at the end of the video. She’s been to a couple now.

  • Kim
    Posted at 01:59h, 30 May Reply

    You should visit them, map them, rate them and write a book about them!!! A guide to Mexico’s Cenotes! I’d buy it when I get to Mexico.
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 03:36h, 30 May Reply

      I would, but there are friends reruns on everyday and it sounds like a lot of work πŸ™‚
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  • Sacha
    Posted at 06:56h, 30 May Reply

    Hahaha!! Love the way you strangle your sister
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 18:11h, 30 May Reply

      Thanks Sacha, you know what they say, “you can strangle your family but you cant strangle strangers” πŸ™‚

  • Paul Farrugia (globalhelpswap)
    Posted at 13:02h, 30 May Reply

    Wow, they look amazing! We might be spending 3 months in Mexico from January. Cenotes are on the hit list for sure!
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 18:12h, 30 May Reply

      You’ll love ’em Paul, and there is an abundance to choose from. Where in Mexico? Or just all over?

      • Paul Farrugia (globalhelpswap)
        Posted at 09:37h, 31 May Reply

        Well after reading your blog and Sarah’s probably Playa! We might have a month somewhere else like Panama but will settle for at least 2 months in one place. Still planning at the moment so nothing is concrete.
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        • Tyrhone
          Posted at 12:51h, 31 May Reply

          Sounds great. This is a good place to kick off your shoes. Let us know if you have any questions about the place.
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  • Carmel
    Posted at 14:05h, 30 May Reply

    That makes me thirsty. I can’t explain it. I want to go to there NOW.
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 18:14h, 30 May Reply

      Me too! It’s all I can do to stop myself having a sip when we go for a dip!
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  • Jimmy Dau
    Posted at 00:49h, 31 May Reply

    love it! next time you will need to scuba dive through them!
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 02:37h, 31 May Reply

      Saw some scuba dudes at Jardin del Eden. Juzt swimming down fo their depthz I thought my ears were gonna pop. “No scuba for you, eh, me.”

  • Jill Miller
    Posted at 07:39h, 03 June Reply

    Your teasing me!!! I want to go to Mexico! They look friggin beautiful and relaxing. Love the video too
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 13:07h, 03 June Reply

      Mexico is for everyone!, come on down πŸ™‚

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