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Swimming pools are so overrated when you can swim in a cenote. Not sure what that is? Cenotes are naturally created swimming pools where porous limestone bedrock has collapsed into the ground, creating a sinkhole and revealing subterranean freshwater pools.

Water found in cenote is usually fresh since it’s been so carefully filtered through the Earth’s natural filter. It’s so clean, that even cenotes that are meters and meters deep are clear enough that you can see the fish swimming around inside of them near the bottom.

Cenotes have often been kept as secrets since they were once used as sacred water sources by the Mayans, now they’re shared with tourists who enjoy swimming in these beautiful natural pools that are filled with impeccable scenery. Here are our top 3 choices:

Cenote Yokdzonot

Far enough from tour busses and tourists that have gone to visit the nearest cenote to Chichen Itza, this one is only another 10 minutes out. That small time difference makes it the perfect spot to visit and bathe alone without the cacophany of others around you.

Cenotes Dos Ojos

Found close to Tulum, this cenote features 2 different pools of water. One of the pools is crystal clear and blue while the other is located inside of a cave, therefore dark. It’s so dark to the point that you’ll haev to rent a flashlight with your snorkeling gear just to make out the stalactites. If you’re afraid of tight and enclosed spaces, we don’t recommend checking this side of the cenote out as you may not like it.

Eco-Arqueological Park Ik Kil

If you’re on a trip to Chichen Itza and you’d rather stay a little bit closer, check out this cenote that’s located inside of a resort. For those who just want to admire the beauty of it, there’s a viewing platform above where you can look down and enjoy the view.

For the more adventurous, there’s a set of stairs inside of the cenote going up along the walls where you can either dive or jump into the water. We recommend being careful while going up and down the stairs as they can get fairly slippery due to the water.