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Cenotes (natural limestone sinkholes) come in different forms from the ‘open’ cenotes that can be found at ground level to the ‘semi-abierto’ cenotes that are half open and half in caves, accessible through small openings leading to chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites.

These pools are filled with mineral rich, crystal clear water. On a hot day they are great places to relax, swim in the cool waters and enjoy a picnic in the jungle surrounded by birds and butterflies.

While the cenotes now provide a great way of cooling off, they also have great historical significance as the Mayans relied on them as a source of water and to honour the rain god Chaac.

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