Cenotes are those wonderful underground or sometimes above ground ,(sink holes) water holes . Where the water is crystal clear,sweet and inviting.

Tara and Dan

The Yucatan Peninsula is awash with such wonders , Chichen Itza , Vallodolid and closer to here Cuzama .

the buggy ride

In Cuzama you are actually taken down an old Henniquin train track by horse pulled carriages that were used in the old days to bring in the Henniquin from the fields to the Hacienda to make rope etc. You get to visit three cenotes the first one being easy to get to having been built, concrete stairs , which I was told the Henniquin owners had the stairs built for their guests. The next two one has to climb down vertical stepladders but once down O h my! They are wonderful. A little slippery at the edges so one has to be careful but once in its just pure luxury…. well for me.

The first cenote I ever saw was just outside of Tulum………. the grand cenote. I was just swimming around in pure delight when I passed another lady who was also in awe.. I asked her what part of heaven is this? She replied ,I have no idea but it is heavenly !


Here though sadly they are hard to find and one has to travel about 40 mns to encounter cenotes or sink holes. I know of quite a few but they are off the beaten track so for tourists that are only here for a day or two there just is not enough time. So many come and the first thing they want to know is where are the cenotes? Of course like I said all Yucatan Peninsula is on water but here in the Puuc Region (region of the hills) because of the higher elevation we just dont have any. The well I had dug reached the depth of 72 meters before water was found whereas in Merida 1 1/2 hours drive away one can find water at between 24-36 meters………… quite a big difference I would say.

cenote 2

So if you planning your trip in this area please dont expect to find cenotes but instead the beautiful ruins of the Maya, Uxmal,Kabah,Sayil,Labnah just to meniton a few.

BUT our pool is filled with cenote water so that may just compensate for the lack of cenotes in this area.

About thepickledonionyucatan

Born in England emigrated to Canada and now reside in the Yucatan Mexico. LIfe is a journey so enjoy as much as you can
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2 Responses to Cenotes

  1. Tara says:

    Beautiful, tranquil, pure are 3 words that I connect with cenotes. Great read and love the photos – especially the first one! 😉

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