Cenote Yaxunah, Yucatan


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A cenote is a sinkhole, a water hole, a swimming hole. That doesn’t sound like a very pretty place, but in the Yucatán cenotes can be both beautiful and interesting. The Peninsula doesn’t have much water at surface level. So sinkholes that formed in the limestone become places where the ancient Maya placed their centers, and where modern-day Maya villages are located, as well.

Cenote Yaxunah is covered with trees and lush vegetation. In summer heat it can be 10 to 15 degrees cooler as you walk down the stairs into the cenote grounds. It’s a great place to swim, to picnic, to relax. The water is so clear, you can see many meters down. It just invites a splash!

Content From Yaxunah Centro Cultural

This cenote is home to one of the most beautiful of tropical birds, with flashes of bright turquoise on its body. In English it’s called a Mot-Mot, in Maya it’s a Toh, and in Spanish it’s called a pájaro relojero because it swings a long spoon-shaped tail back and forth like a clock’s pendulum.

It’s worth a special visit to see.


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