What are the Cenotes.
The Cenotes in the Riviera Maya are deep, water pits in limestone that are created when the roof of an underground cavern collapses. This creates a natural pool which is filled by rain and water flowing from underground rivers. Some Cenotes in the Riviera Maya are vertical water-filled shafts, while others are caves that contain pools and underwater corridor in their interior.
The water filling the Cenotes is rain water that has filtered through the ground, it has few suspended particles, so the water is extremely clear. It is a delight to dive in.
Purpose of the Cenotes.
Cenotes had a ritually significant to the Mayans, because they were considered passages to the underworld. They had sacrificial purposes too. The Cenotes nowadays are a big attractive for tourists who enjoy them for swimming, snorkeling or diving.
Excursions to Cenotes.
Canada Transfers offers private excursions to different Cenotes. https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tours/ Here are some of the most important.
CENOTE DOS OJOS: Is considered as one of the best Cenotes to practice cave diving and snorkeling. The visibility through the water is amazing. It is into the top 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world.https://new.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/cenote-dos-ojos-private-tour/
CENOTE IK’KIL: It is located very close from the archaeological site of Chichen itza, and usually most of the excursions to this place make a stop at the Cenote for swimming. https://new.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/chichen-itza-cenote-ik-kil-private-tour/
CENOTE SAC ACTUN: It is an underwater cave system. This Cenote is also known as a pet cemetery due to the enormous amounts of fossilized animal skeletons found in the caves during the exploration. Its crystalline waters are perfect to practice the snorkeling. https://new.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/cenote-dos-ojos-private-tour/
CENOTE AKTUN CHEN: This place is a theme park, which has one of the most beautiful Caverns and Cenotes in the Riviera Maya. You can practice the snorkeling in the crystal fresh waters of the Cenote, and Zip lining above the jungle. The park has also a zoo of wild local fauna to visit. https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/eco-park/
XENOTES OASIS MAYA: This is a regular tour to connect you with four different and beautiful Cenotes near Cancun.https://www.canadatransfers.com/regular-tour/xenotes–oasis-maya/
If you know or have in mind, another Cenote which is not on the list, please contact us to send you the information. https://www.canadatransfers.com/contact/
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