In my previous article, I introduced Chikin-Ha Cenote, El Eden Cenote and Tajima-Ha Cenote. How was that?
I would be glad if you are interested in cenotes.
I am going to introduce another three more cenotes in this article.
■ Cenote: El Pit
The first cenote I am going to introduce is El Pit Cenote.
Only divers who have deep diving certification can dive at cenote El Pit since the depth is over 40 meters.
The meaning of El Pit is “Big hole”. It is much easier to find a big hole if it was taken from more above but there is surely a big hole at the entry.
The color of the part of the surface that the sunlight hits on is very beautiful.
Actually, I took the deep diving certification during this trip I dove here as one of the lessons. So that was my first deep diving.
The underwater world after the entry was like this. At the very first moment, I felt a little bit scared because it was like as if I was sucked into the bottom.
All of the videos I post from now on are taken by myself.
This is the view that people can see in only deep cenotes. Bubbles are very beautiful.
It seems like the bubbles from the divers create pillars. You can see this view because the depth is over 40 meters and the water is totally clear. It was an amazing view.
This is a very short video but you can see the bubbles.
It was very difficult to take pictures in the deep part because it is not bright enough when compared to the shallow part and water pressure gets stronger so if you press the shutter button once, it doesn’t come up for a while.
A few meters from the bottom of Cenote El Pit, there is a layer of hydrogen sulfide. That sounds dangerous but air comes from the air tank and even I went through the layer, it was totally ok. It was like swimming in and above clouds. One of my favorite cenotes.
■ Cenote: Dos Ojos
After the diving at cenote El Pit, we went to cenote Dos Ojos which is very popular among divers.
The meaning of Dos Ojos is “two eyes” in Spanish. As it means, there are two diving routes. We call them “the first eye” and “the second eye” and I dove at the first eye.
There were so many snorkelers at the second eye.
The view just after entry is like this.
There is nothing which the other cenotes have such as a layer of hydrogen sulfide or halocline and so on but it is said that the water here is clearer than the others. You can see a diver who is over 100 meters away.
You can realize how popular it is among divers. Including snorkelers, people come from all over the world.
People enjoy the cave exploring more than seeing lights here. Exploring and swimming in the cave feel very fresh because we usually enjoy just seeing the inside of the caves by walking and if you swim you can see the things that you cannot see if you walk like a stone pillar extending from the ceiling and shell fossils buried in rocks. And you can see them closer.
Since the water is so clear you can feel as if they were just flying or floating.
Check it out!
It was incredible. I do recommend cenote Dos Ojos a lot.
But it is crowded when you dive sometime. When I dove here it was before noon but as you can see in some pictures it was a little bit crowded.
Each cenote has a best time to be seen the most beautiful because of the relationship between the shape of the holes of ceilings and the sunrise. If you don’t like to dive into the crowded cenote, you should talk to your instructor and they will probably suggest the best time.
■ Cenote: Chacmool
Finally, this is the last cenote that I can recommend and it is Cenote Chacmool.
Wikipedia says the meaning of Chacmool is the term used to refer to a particular form of pre-Colombian Mesoamerican sculpture depicting a reclining figure with its head facing 90 degrees from the front, supporting itself on its elbows and supporting a bowl or a disk upon its stomach.
According to our instructor, this sculpture is the symbol of the dead soldiers and it is said that it brings sacrifices to the god of Maya.
Since the sun appeared and disappeared on the day I dove here, I could see and enjoy both of the views of the dark cenote and the bright cenote. It also has the beautiful light curtain.
This picture is when the sun disappears. You can find it is dark but the blue color is still beautiful.
This is when the sun appears. Comparing with the one before this picture, the brightness is very different. One of the best pictures: a diver in the middle of the light curtain.
A diver crossing over the light curtain. This is one of my most favorite pictures.
The route I dove here is called “Kukulcan” which means “a snake has feather” in Maya and it is a god in Maya myth.
What did you think about that?
There are all cenotes I actually dove. Which cenote is the most attractive for you?
I wrote there are over 7,000 cenotes in Peninsula de Yucatan in the first article. So those cenotes I introduced is just only a few, about 6,994 cenotes left.
I will write about Mexico’s ocean, Cozumel in the next article.
Thank you for reading this article.