Among the most enticing natural wonders of Mexico’sYucatan peninsula are cenotes. These underground pools are fed by subterranean rivers. While cenotes can be found all over the world, the Yucatan Peninsula. and especially the Riviera Maya where we were last summer, has an unusually high number.
A cenote is actually a deep sinkhole that occurs naturally in limestone rock when an
underground cave collapses in on itself and exposes water underneath.
Larry and I enjoyed a refreshing swim in the deep
pool of Cenote Siete Bocas, located about half an hour’s drive, partially on a
bumpy, jiggly dirt path, from Puerto Morelos. The name comes from seven
entrances to the cenote.
The cool water provided a perfect interlude as we travelled from Puerto Morelos to tiny Isla Holbox for our adventure swimming with whale sharks (more on that later!)
The main entrance of Cenote Siete Bocas leads to an open pool that is exposed to the sun. Other entrances have smaller steps or stairs that lead down to the water and the underground cave of the cenote. At some entrances, you can jump right into the water, or you can exit at any.