The Chicxulub crater slammed into the earth 65 million years ago and created a ring of cenotes.
Cenote San Ignacio
This cavernous cenote is really marvelous, just 20 minutes from Merida it's easy to get to and has all amenities. This young cenote has a well formed 24ft tall dome riddled with stalactites and stalagmites. The crystal clear water is refreshing and invigorating to swim in with an average temperature of 28 c. The maximum depth is only 6m so you can see right to the bottom, excellent for snorkeling.
The closest cenote to Progreso, in the Mayan ruins of Dzibilchaltun. This open cenote has clear water, lily pads, fish and happy laughing locals enjoying the afternoon sun. If you enjoy diving one end of the cenote is 140 feet deep. It's a wonderful place to relax after exploring the ruins.
Cenote Ik kil
As shown in the photo above cenote Ik kil is a large ,deep, well-like hole with lots of wild life surrounding it. Red bull deemed this as their spot for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011. Located next to Chichen Itza and usually busy with tourists, try to visit as early as possible and cool off in the waterfall.
One of the largest cavern cenotes in the Mexico it is well worth the tour. A 15m descent into crystal clear water at a depth of almost 50m it's popular for divers. The name comes from the tree of yellow fruit, whose roots hang down to the water.
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