The Yucatan Peninsula that today separates the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico originally lay beneath the water and consists mostly of a porous limestone bed. Over the centuries, some areas caved in, producing sinkholes that filled up with ground water – the cenotes. Today these cenotes are among the attractions on a Cancun holiday.
Casa Cenote on the south of Cancun organises cenotes tours for first-timers and kids, where they learn about these connections to the waters below. An eclectic mix of large and small fish thrives in these caverns, along with mangrove trees and a variety of birds. Since the cenote is now a popular tourist spot off the beaten path, expect huge crowds especially during peak season. Within the area is the Casa Cenote Hotel, where sightseers can enjoy a Sunday Texas barbecue menu and a variety of local dishes. The hotel features a beachfront, and offers casitas, little cabins, where tourists can spend the night.
Discover an underground urban jungle setting in the Chac Mool, 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. Dive into the deep waters, and see the giant stalactite named the “Giant Drip Stone” in the centre of a pit. A small room named “Monster’s Lair” lies at the bottom. Natural sources light up the cenote, gold lines leading to several crumble piles and “decorated dome rooms,” serving as guides to curious sightseers.
The Taj Mahal is a renowned tourist destination among sport divers and archaeology buffs. Swim through the waters and marvel at the football-field-sized chamber called Points of Light, the Sugar Bowl breakdown pile, and rock formations illuminated on clear days by rays of light. This cavern features four interconnected cenotes and has stone stairs for easy access.