Cenote Xcabachen

Maní

An ancient Mayan legend

One of the main attractions found in the center of this new Magical Town of Yucatán is the cenote Xcabachen, located on Calle 25 and 26. Xcabach'e'en means "well", since the structure of the cenote refers to a well.

This incredible attraction keeps an ancient legend. Many years ago, the Mayans predicted that, when the water runs out throughout the world, the only place that will still retain the precious liquid will be this cenote, but, when going to fetch water, a Mayan guardian will come out, accompanied by a snake. This serpent is the god Kukulcan.

To those who want to drink from the well water, the guardian will grant them that through a cocoyol, but first they must pay a price, the price is the life of a newborn baby.

The legend is famous among the people of Maní, and you can ask anyone about it, on one side of the Municipal Building, you can find a mural where this story was captured.

The cenote itself is a downhill cavern, although it does not have access to swim, due to its structure, it is possible to visit it, and many locals say that it is metaphorically an entrance to the underworld.


An ancient Mayan legend

One of the main attractions found in the center of this new Magical Town of Yucatán is the cenote Xcabachen, located on Calle 25 and 26. Xcabach'e'en means "well", since the structure of the cenote refers to a well.

This incredible attraction keeps an ancient legend. Many years ago, the Mayans predicted that, when the water runs out throughout the world, the only place that will still retain the precious liquid will be this cenote, but, when going to fetch water, a Mayan guardian will come out, accompanied by a snake. This serpent is the god Kukulcan.

To those who want to drink from the well water, the guardian will grant them that through a cocoyol, but first they must pay a price, the price is the life of a newborn baby.

The legend is famous among the people of Maní, and you can ask anyone about it, on one side of the Municipal Building, you can find a mural where this story was captured.

The cenote itself is a downhill cavern, although it does not have access to swim, due to its structure, it is possible to visit it, and many locals say that it is metaphorically an entrance to the underworld.


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