Cenote Zaci, Yucatan

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Address: Calle 36 x Calle 39 y 37 Santa Ana 97780 Valladolid, Yuc. Mexico

Cenote Zaci, Mayan word meaning “white hawk”, was the name of the pre-Hispanic city on which founded in 1543 the present city of Valladolid.
 
Nestled near the main square of the Sultana de Oriente, it is one of the cenotes open pit largest and most impressive of the Peninsula.
 
This cenote was an integral part of the pre-Hispanic settlement and is not supposed to run as a ceremonial area (if it was for the Cupules the cenote of Chichen – Itza), and whether to water supply.
 
This continuous function during the colonial period and the nineteenth century, as it appears in the chronicles and documentary sources. In the early twentieth century it appears as a popular spa reported. Shortly after it was built as a tourist site. Very old line, In the undercurrents surfaced in the collapse of the ceiling of the vault of the cenote.
 
The Zaci cenote is a protected area as a tourist site.

Content from valladolid.com.mx


 
Cenote Zaci access is through a tunnel or cave. This body of water is 45 meters in diameter and a depth of about 80 meters. About 40 meters from the mouth to the water surface and in the entrance there is a carved into the rock surrounding the cenote railing stairs. Stalactites and stalagmites hanging natural rocky roof covering just over a third of the cenote are observed.
 
A feature of this place is the large number of birds, especially swallows, who have made this place their home and give it a sound atmosphere cenote.
 
One can enjoy a cool dip in the waters of greenish appearance when viewed from above, but crystal to be close. Likewise it has stairs that allow surround the whole place, and on a small hillock is an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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