A cenote is pretty much an underwater cave. The Mayas called them "dzonot," which the conquering Spaniards later translated as "cenote." Cenotes are magical, and were once the ONLY resource for fresh and sweet water in the local Yucatecan jungle. They were also known for being the gateway to the underworld! The cenote is particularly cold when you enter one, the water is fresh and you can even open your eyes and see clearly to the bottom of the cave. In the cenote we visited in Tulum, the width was about 30ft wide and about 100 ft in length, the inside is rocky and has many stalagmites, but is still very safe and FUN for swimming. Especially after a hot day touring the Yucatan.
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