- One of the best kept secrets of Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya area are its cenotes, underground caves and rivers. The term “cenote” comes from the Mayan word “dzonot” which means hole in the ground or well.
- These subterranean sinkholes, tunnels, and corridors developed naturally over thousands of years and contain incredible formations of stalactites, stalagmites and columns. Most cenotes are between 16 and 20 feet (5 to 15 meters) deep with average water temperatures around 77° Fahrenheit (25° Centigrade). This fresh water is typically a clear, turquoise-blue color and contains captivating fish and marine life, making cenotes ideal for snorkeling and diving.
- The cenotes vary in their shape and size. Some are completely open (like a lake) while some are partially enclosed with openings where the sunlight filters in. There are also cenotes that are only accessible through underground corridors.