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TOURS RIVIERA MAYA
Route of the cenotes
One of the many wonders in Mexico, for its shapes, its fresh waters and its beauty are the Cenotes of the south of the country.
The word Cenote comes from the Mayan word «dzonoot» which means «hole with water». The Cenotes are natural wells and are connected by rivers or underground tunnels. There are different types of Cenotes: open-pit, semi-open and underground or in a cave. Its classification is related to the age of the Cenote, those that are fully open are mature and those that keep their dome intact are the youngest.
Surrounded by exotic plants and trees, the Cenote Ik-Kil is ideal for a pleasant time, enjoying its fresh waters and its nature. It is a habitat for different species and wild birds.
It begins as an underground chamber produced by the dissolution of the limestone that in turn is caused by the infiltration of rainwater. It is estimated that in the state of Yucatan there are more than 2,400 trainings of this type.
The Cenotes were formed in times when the sea level fell, in most cases, the Cenotes are widening of underground river networks.
Water supply was the reason to develop elements of sacred geography, symbolic scenarios and spaces for rituals of rain, life, death, rebirth and fertility. For the Mayans control of the cenotes meant political and social control over life and death. Experts have found that most of the remains found by archaeologists and divers belonged to children under 11 years of age and male adults.
Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Yucatan peninsula, since here you can find the largest number of Cenotes in the whole world and they are clearly more than beautiful.