The natural wonders of the Yucatan are innumerable, some of the most important and unusual are the sink holes or caves.
The Maya called them dzonot (ZO-note), which the conquering Spaniards translated as cenote (say– NO–tay.)

Cenotes are magical, enigmatic and unique in the world and were once the only resource for fresh, sweet water for the local Yucatecans.

They were considered the sacred places of the Maya for that reason, but also because they represented the entrance to the underworld. Which adds to the mystery and beauty of this Mexican state.

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