DIVING IN THE CENOTES OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA
In between the south of Tulum and Playa del Carmen you can find more than 700km of lines spread in between 50 systems that are among the 15 most important in the world. This area is the biggest playground for everyone that wishes to discover the underwater world in crystal clear water.
“Kukul Kan” is part of the Chac Mool system, the access to this cenote is through a beautiful pond on the side of the cenote. For this dive we have to go through a large cavern that goes around the entire cenote. The light effects are impressive. Take a moment to look towards the ceiling at the entrance to see the colors of the rainbow.
“Zapote” is located on “The Cenote Route”, it is a dive for experience divers due to its depth. Once you reach 30m deep you will find a room in the shape of a bell. In between a halocline and a hydrogen sulfate cloud you can see lots of very impressive formations. This cenote is full of amazing formations generally described as bells or elephants feet.
“Kin Ha” located south “The Cenote Route”, on the way that goes from Puerto Morelos to Leona Vicario. This is a dive for experienced divers due to its depth, it can go deeper than 40m. However we advice you to ascend until 10m deep to enjoy the unique formations and amazing light effects
A LITTLE BIT OF GEAOLOGY
The Cenotes are more than 10,000 sinkholes spread throughout the jungle in the Yucatan peninsula. This cenotes mark the entrance to an underwater system unique in the world, due to its shape, complexity and ramifications. One system corresponds to two cenotes at least, connected by underwater rooms. What makes this cenotes systems unique is the length of their tunnels and the underwater caverns. For instance, Sac Actun has about 248km in underwater tunnels and Dos Ojos 83km.
The Yucatan peninsula is a limestone plateau originated for the decomposition of marine organisms millions of years ago, like corals, shells and urchins, that once dead created this limestone material highly porous and soluble, this allowed rain water to filtrate through the rock creating cracks, cavities, and eventually caverns and tunnels. In some of this caverns, the ceiling collapsed due to the weight of the jungle around it, creating an access to the exterior.
A LITTLE BIT OF SPIRITUALITY…
It is important to know that Mayans live in the Yucatan peninsula to this day. Around 700 thousand people speak the Mayan language in the area. The term “cenote” comes directly from the Mayan word “tzonot” that means “sacred well”. For the ancient Mayans, this wells where not only to provide potable water to drink, cook or to bath in it, but they were also sacred locations; they saw these tunnels and passageways to Xibalba, the world of the dead. They performed some ceremonies and funerary rituals in the cenotes, in which we can see to this day human and animal skulls and bones, funerary vessels, totems and shells. For the ancient Mayas, cenotes were the home of the Alux, the forest spirits. To this day Mayan people still ask these spirits permission to enter the cenotes and they make fruit and flower offerings, especially on the west side of the peninsula. All of this adds up to the strength of these dives tinged with spirituality.
Who are we?
Mexicans, French, Belgians… Cenote VIP is full of very well trained guides, passionate about exploring the cenotes in the Yucatan peninsula, between Tulum and Cancun
Our society has been based in Playa del Carmen since 10 years ago.
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