What is a Cenote?
First of all I’m sure you are asking… what is a Cenote? Picture paradise and your half way there. A ‘Cenote’ (se-noh-tay) is a deep natural well or sinkhole typically found in Central America, formed by the collapse of surface limestone that exposes ground water underneath. (You can thank Dictonary.com for that one). A Cenote is far more picturesque than any old sinkhole that you may now be imagining. From my experience at Cenote Azul and Cenote Grand, they are a must see whilst in Mexico. Tied to history, the Cenotes were once used as a location for sacrificial offerings in Mayan times.
Why should I go?
Cenote Azul was a kaleidoscope of colour, with hues of blue, turquoise and greens dancing on the waters surface. The mineral water itself is so clean it’s transparent, revealing swimming fish and the crackled limestone below. Featuring underwater caves for diving and two cliff jumps there is fun for everyone – the tanner, the photographer, the cliff jumper or the snorkeler.
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Cenote Azul is open from 9am – 10pm Monday-Friday. No alcohol, smoking, no pets, no hammocks, no flippers and no feeding the fishes!
It is $100 Pesos entry for tourists (approx. $6.43 AUD) or $6 if paid in US dollars and $80 Pesos for local residents. It is $70 Pesos to hire a snorkel mask (approx. 4.50 AUD) which I highly recommend, and $40 Pesos (approx. $2.50 AUD) for life jacket hire.
What to Bring:
- Snorkel Mask -Can be hired if necessary, so many fish to see and necessary for swimming under and into the caves!
- Life Jacket – If required, can be hired. (might help for those with fear of heights if you are interested in cliff jumping!)
- Eco Friendly Sunscreen (The park does not approve of traditional sunscreen as it tampers with the minerals of the water and eco system of the natural wander)
- Snacks (Their aren’t any food venders nearby)
- Water – Your in Mexico, it gets hot
- Thongs/Flip Flops or Water Shoes
- A camera, or even better a GoPro!
- Go early, the Cenote’s do not stay quite for long! Particularly in peak season, I would recommend going in the morning.
- Bring thongs/flip flops or water shoes to explore! The limestone and rocky outer terrain can be harsh on the feet!
- Pack or hire a snorkel mask for diving under the caves or swimming with the fishes. I had a blast diving and swimming through these caves and have a scar on my toe as a souvenir… limestone rock is sharp, be careful where you are swimming!