Cenote ZACI Mexico

Cenote Zaci Mexico

These photos can’t describe the best thing I have ever seen and experienced in my life.

I researched Mexico for weeks before the vacation, and Cenotes were on my bucket list from the first moment. There was not a person to walk into this open cavern that didn’t gasp in wonder and amazement. The lush rainforest exposes a little piece of true heaven… 

On our day tripping to Chichen Itza we stopped in Valladolid to visit the symbol of the city – Cenote ZACI. A landscaped freshwater cenote, known as the largest open-air sinkholes of the Peninsula, a natural beauty in which you can access the inside and explore its cave.

Yucatan Peninsula has many natural wonders but the most important and unusual ones are the Cenotes or sinkholes. It’s estimated that there are more than 6000, although only 2400 are registered. The Mayas called them Dzonot, which the conquering Spaniards translated as Cenote, meaning “deep thing”. Cenotes are magical, enigmatic and unique in the world and were once the only resource for fresh, sweet water in the Yucatecan jungle. They were the sacred places of the Mayas, because they represented the entrance to the underworld.

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Cenote Zaci – located in a park right in the heart of Valladolid – is a semi-opened cenote that has a diameter of 150 feet and 260 feet deep. It is known as the third best Cenote in Yucatan Peninsula. The most beautiful one is Ik-Kil Cenote but we didn’t have time to reach it.

Cenotes are jotted all along the Riviera Maya but this one has easy access by car and is covered with stalactites and stalagmites and hanging vines creating a prehistoric atmosphere. ZACI it’s partially open to the sky and it has a walkway around the entire Cenote. It’s a popular cenote for swimming in the refreshing turquoise waters, having even a set up for renting snorkelling and scuba gear. As you will get closer you’ll see how clear and blue the water is, thriving with fish and turtles. Here you can see a rare species of eyeless black fish known as “lub”.

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When we arrived there was a modest line of people attempting the multi leveled jumps from the side. My boyfriend worked his way up, jumping several times. I was terrified by the water depth and hardly dared to get into the water with a life jacket on me! I said to myself that it is now or never! My only regret in life so far is that I have not learned to swim!

Swimming in a cold water cenote and staring up to the sky through hanging vines, was something I never thought I would experience in my life. To be honest it was petrifying, in an extremely welcomed way. There were birds and bats constantly fluttering around and though it was calm and tranquil, there was an echo keeping us all company. My mind would wander imagining the creature that lived in the 40m depths… At ZACI the ambient was surreal while looking upwards from the water towards the sky with the stalactites, birds and bats. There is no possible way to give justice to the beauty of this cenote, without an underwater housing.

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Wearing: Black Zara Studio Skirt & Top, Pink Nike Air sneakers, mexican cow leather bag & golden necklace.

 

Cenotes of Yucatan are a natural treasure that should be seen by everybody! They should be protected so that people does not destroy in a few days what nature took millions of years to create.

Without cenotes, this enigmatic civilization would not have prospered, not to mention the religious significance that they played in their mythology, as the gateways to the underworld. When your plane touches Mexico, only a few meters from the runway are some of these natural wonders. The cenotes near the airport cannot be visited, as they are not opened to the public, but the geography of the Peninsula is full of them.

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Do not miss the chance to see and swim into a cenote of Yucatan:

it’s Pure Magic!