Cenotes, or sinkholes, are one of the natural jewels of the Yucatan Peninsula. The porous limestone ground of the peninsula does not allow surface rivers and lakes to form leaving the water to collect underground forming these stunning caves and lakes. Once the only sources of fresh water in the area, cenotes were a sacred place for the Mayans and considered to be the entrance of the underworld. With over 5,000 of them throughout the Yucatan they are captivate and mystify all who visit them. Several Cenotes can easily be reached from Merida where guests can swim in and be enchanted by their flawless beauty. Visits to these magical places can be easily planned as day trips and combined with other tours and activities for a more complete experience.
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