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Cenotes

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Mayas considered cenotes to be entrances to Xibalbá: the underworld, where the deceased live, and sickness and dead Gods reign. Close to 8,000 cenotes have been discovered in the Mexican Caribbean. Five of them can be found in the Dos Ojos Park, which is 20 minutes away from the Pueblo Mágico of Tulum.

The most famous cenote is the Dos Ojos cenote (Two eyes cenote), so named because there are two entrances through the rocks that resemble eyes, although many believe it's named after the large quantity of bats that live inside the cavern. If accompanied by a tour guide, it is possible to snorkel and explore the fossils on the cenote's floor. If you prefer to dive, this cenote boasts a 60 meter distance line.

Another must-see is the open cenote, El Jaguar, which can be traversed on a zipline. Each cenote has a separate entrance fee.

The Mundo Maya Park boasts a three-cenote circuit: Labnahá, Rio Sagrado (Sacred River), and Cenote Azul (Blue Cenote). There numerous activities offered at these cenotes, from ziplining to kayaking. The water in these caverns is part of the longest underground river in the world, Sac-Actun, which is 154 kilometers (96 mi) long.

When the tour ends, you spend some time in a Mayan community. They prepare food and share legends about the aluxes, or the guardians of the caverns. It is said that, to access or exit the caverns safely, you must ask for permission by cleansing or praying.

Mayas considered cenotes to be entrances to Xibalbá: the underworld, where the deceased live, and sickness and dead Gods reign. Close to 8,000 cenotes have been discovered in the Mexican Caribbean. Five of them can be found in the Dos Ojos Park, which is 20 minutes away from the Pueblo Mágico of Tulum.

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The most famous cenote is the Dos Ojos cenote (Two eyes cenote), so named because there are two entrances through the rocks that resemble eyes, although many believe it's named after the large quantity of bats that live inside the cavern. If accompanied by a tour guide, it is possible to snorkel and explore the fossils on the cenote's floor. If you prefer to dive, this cenote boasts a 60 meter distance line.

Another must-see is the open cenote, El Jaguar, which can be traversed on a zipline. Each cenote has a separate entrance fee.

The Mundo Maya Park boasts a three-cenote circuit: Labnahá, Rio Sagrado (Sacred River), and Cenote Azul (Blue Cenote). There numerous activities offered at these cenotes, from ziplining to kayaking. The water in these caverns is part of the longest underground river in the world, Sac-Actun, which is 154 kilometers (96 mi) long.

When the tour ends, you spend some time in a Mayan community. They prepare food and share legends about the aluxes, or the guardians of the caverns. It is said that, to access or exit the caverns safely, you must ask for permission by cleansing or praying.

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