Cenotes – Nature’s Best Swimming Pools
Ranked #6 in Mexico Tourism
“Cenote” is a sink hole with an underground water source that fills the hole to provide a natural swimming pool in the open. Cenotes are formed typically in land with limestone deposits that collapse or cave in under the softening influence of the water that flows under it. The Yucatan region in Mexico is said to have over 5,000 cenotes. Here are the top 10 cenotes in the world starting with Cenote Ik Kil, Cenote Kankirixche (with roots extending to the waters) and Dos Ojos Cenote (inside a collection of cave systems).
Cenote Ik Kil, Mexico (#1)
Cenote Ik Kil. Once used by the Mayans as the pool of human sacrifice for their rain god, today its an exotic swimming experience for tourist visiting nearby Chichén Itzá in Mexico. The Mayan called it the “Sacred Blue Cenote”. Stairs from the top take you down to the Ik Kil which is 85 ft from the surface. (photo credit)