What do you think if we continue to discover surprising corners? Great, right? Well as your wishes are orders for us, today we are going to move to Mexico to tell you about some underground places that leave everyone who visits them open-mouthed.
We are referring to the cenotes of Dzitnup, one of the most visited tourist spots in the Maya Highlands. And it is that they have been conditioned so that visitors can enjoy them to the fullest. Do you want to get to know them more closely? Well, do not miss anything that we tell you below, especially the image gallery, where we show you a lot of photographs of this impressive Mexican place.
What are cenotes?
Before talking to you about the Dzitnup cenotes, we are going to explain in a few words what a cenote is, since it is not a formation that everyone knows. Thus, it is a sinkhole of origin karst located in a deep cavern that has been created when the ceiling of one or more caves has collapsed. As groundwater is found here, ponds are formed that can be of different depths. Throughout the planet you can find different types of cenotes (open pit, underground, semi-open ...). Although this type of geomorphological structures are present in different parts of the world, often known by different names, they are typical of the Yucatan peninsula and the Florida peninsula.
Cenotes of Dzitnup
Now that you know what a cenote is, let's talk about the Dzitnup ones, as they are possibly the most impressive on the entire planet. Located near the Mexican city of Valladolid, specifically 5 kilometers from its center, we find Xkekén and Samulá, two of these geomorphological structures that, in this case, are completely closed. To get to both cenotes, you have to go through the same access, which has been conditioned with some steps carved out of the rock. In addition, they share some services: craft shops and typical foods of the region, baths, stone paths ... To make the experience in this place more pleasant and safe, these spaces have been equipped with artificial lights and life jackets. In both cenotes you can swim, although as a precaution it is essential to be tied to a rope. In addition, you can snorkel and dive. The good thing is that everything you need to carry out these activities can be acquired here.
The most famous and the first to be discovered is that of Xkekén. Your name means "pork”In Yucatec Maya, since it was discovered by a peasant who was looking for his pig, who had entered it to drink water. One of its peculiarities is that there is an entrance at the top of the vault where the rays enter, reflecting in the water and, thus, creating a really beautiful image. The water is shallow and crystal clear, so many fish can be seen.
As we told you before, next to it is the Samulá cenote, another underground cavern that surprises because it is completely surrounded by stalactites. You will also be amazed at the height of the vault. Like its neighbor, it also has clear waters of a beautiful blue turquoise and it is illuminated by the rays of the sun that enter through a hole located at the top.
Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you can find more images of the cenotes of Dzitnup. Do not miss it!
Cenote Dzitnup and Grand Cenote Mexico (September 2020)