Diving the cenotes is a unique experience !!
Cenotes? What is that?
The state of Quintana Roo lies on the Yucatan platform, once a coral reef transformed into limestone, cause by time and atmospheric pressure. During glacial periods water levels dropped more than 100 meters. Heavy rainfalls battered the rock plain and water speed into the ground. Due a chemical reaction between the limestone and the carbonic dioxide in air and soil, a slightly acid solution dissolved the voids and passages underground, leaving deposits in the form of delicate speleothems.
The water flow went in the direction of the ocean and at the end of the last glacial period, the cave systems flooded between 18,000 and 6,000 years ago, leaving the system frozen in time.
The word cenote comes from the Spanish conquistadores who transformed the Mayan word Tzo¨not, which means hole in the ground or fresh water well.
The Mayans believed the cenotes were the windows to the under world Xbalba, home of the under world Gods and spirits.
The cenotes were their source of drinking water and place where holy rituals were performed.
In some caverns artifacts can be found, it is of highest importance not to touch anything of archeological nature.
Each cenote has its own unique features making every dive location a totally different adventure.