Its natural charm characterizes Riviera Maya; the greenery of the jungle, the intense blue of the sea, and the history that its ruins and landscapes keep. There are infinite things to discover in this area, but one of the most characteristic and unique places is the cenotes; specifically, we want to tell you about the Blue —or Azul— cenote.

These natural wonders are bottomless ponds with water that seeps from the rains and underground currents, and their formation took millions of years. It is estimated that there are about 7,000 cenotes in the Yucatan peninsula, some inside caves and others in open spaces.

The cenotes and the Mayans

The word ‘cenote‘ originates from the Mayan ‘dzonot‘, which means ‘sacred pond’. For a long time, during the Mayans’ era, these formations were used for certain rituals and as a direct connection with ‘Xibalbá‘, the world of the dead; Mayans believed that through the cenotes, they could communicate with the gods. Some offerings from that time have been found, such as necklaces, ceramics, and human skeletons.

Blue cenote

One of the most popular cenotes for families is the Blue cenote, located about 20 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen. It is an unmissable spot since, being an open cenote, there are various activities that children and adults can enjoy.

It stands out as one of the region’s shallowest cenotes, so you can easily swim in almost the entire natural pond. Still, if you have an adventurous soul, you can snorkel and explore some flora and fauna to immerse yourself.

Photo by Matías Callone via Flickr

Surroundings of the Blue cenote

In addition to being able to relax, have a picnic, and immerse yourself in nature, you can take the opportunity to get to know other attractions near the Blue cenote that are very representative such as:

  • The Crystalline cenote and Garden of Eden cenote.
  • Kantun-Chi Ecological Park, where you can visit five cenotes and an underground cave.
  • Xpu-ha beach with beautiful views of the Caribbean.
  • Akumal is a beach where the turtles come out to nest in certain seasons, and later, you see many little turtles running towards the sea.

Add these experiences to your itinerary and immerse yourself in the wonders of the Riviera Maya.