(above photo © Nicolas Zapata)
Cenote Dos Ojos
(52) 01 984 108 5335
Road 307, kilometer 244 Akumal
Quintana Roo, Mexico
8:00 am – 5:00pm Daily
Yes, these are the photos that you have marveled at in National Geographic come to life. Best is that they live up to all expectations of wonder and amazement. You CAN really see hundreds of feet through water clear as glass.!
Cenotes dot the entire Yucatan and each one is unique in its own way. Just 17 Kilometers North of Tulum, Mexico, in Quintana Roo, is the cenote Dos Ojos. This water cave system is one of the top 10 longest in the world with 28 known Cenote entrances and the deepest known cave in the region with a depth of 118 meters (396 feet)! The Dos Ojos (Two Eyes) refers to the 2 main pools that reach the surface near each other.
Cenotes are caves that are formed as the limestone base of the Yucatan peninsula desolves, leaving behind only pure clear waters. Revered by the Mayans, they were viewed as gateways to the afterlife as well as all important sources of freshwater. Upon early exploration many treasures (and skeletons) were discovered in their depths pronouncing their use in the fabled Mayan sacrificial rights.
At a constant 77º (24-25ºc) they are comfortable either in trunks or with a shortie wet-suit provided with a tour. One can either snorkal or scuba dive (with open-water certificate), and both are magical. The tour costs about $40 and includes a cabaña to change and lock-up your personals, wet suit & flashlight. The guide, who like pretty much everyone we encountered was not pushy or overbearing, takes you on a relaxed 1.5 hr swim through the two main Ojos.
(above photo© Nicolas Zapata)