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.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

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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Where to stay

The pool at Viceroy Riviera Maya, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Riviera Maya

The Viceroy is a boutique beach front resort located just outside Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula.

Beachbed at Be Tulum, luxury hotel in Mexico

Be Tulum

Leave the ankle-biters at home, Be Tulum is a boutique luxury hotel with an unbeatable beachfront location, and designed with relaxation in mind, is exclusively for grown ups.

Hotel Esencia yoga palapa gardens

Hotel Esencia

Hotel Esencia is a chic beach retreat set on a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach along the ‘Riviera Maya’ of Mexico’s Yucatán coast.

Hacienda San Jose, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda San José

Hacienda San José is a secluded ‘boutique hacienda’ located on the Yucatán peninsula, 24 miles south-east of Mérida.

Private dining at Hacienda Temozon, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda Temozon

Hacienda Temozon is located approximately 25 miles from the city of Mérida, in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula.

Chapel at Hacienda Uayamon, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda Uayamon

Hacienda Uayamon is located in the Yucatan Peninsula close to the walled city of Campeche on the Gulf of Mexico and next to the vast Mayan ruins of Edzna.

Maroma Resort Spa, luxury hotel in Mexico

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a former coconut plantation turned idyllic beach resort located on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán peninsula.

Rosewood Mayakoba, luxury hotel  in Mexico

Rosewood Mayakoba

The Rosewood Mayakoba is set in the heart of the 1,600 acre Rosewood resort, just 30 minutes south of Cancun and north of Playa del Carmen. With a mile of white sand beach, it stretches back into lush jungle interspersed with a meandering lagoon.

Casa Lecanda

Casa Lecanda

Luxury boutique hotel Casa Lecanda is a wonderfully restored traditional Yucatecan home, located within the historical centre of Merida, Yucatan Peninsula.

The Lodge at Chichen Itza

The Lodge at Chichen Itza

The Lodge at Chichen Itza sits within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, filled with tropical trees which are home to many species of bird and butterfly. Boasting a superb location in the heart of the archaeological park, the lodge has its very own entrance to the Mayan temples at Chichen Itza.

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