Published on February 12th, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut

VIDEO: Cenotes — Mexico’s Subterranean Paradise

Giant sinkholes called cenotes offer unique places to swim in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. 

What would possess visitors to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to descend into the depths of the earth? No, it’s not some bizarre desire to become mole people. Climbing below the earth’s surface is the only way to fully enjoy the cenotes, which are gigantic sinkholes that offer an otherworldly subterranean paradise for swimming and exploring. 

In this exclusive VIDEO, I’ll take you on a tour of three gorgeous cenotes at Chunkanan, a site just outside of the city of Merida and not far from the famed Chichén Itzá site. Part of the fun of visiting these three sinkholes is getting there — aboard horse-drawn rail carts, originally designed to serve the hacienda that once existed here. 

The ancient Maya believed that cenotes were a gateway to another world. But as you’ll see in this video, today they’re a place to relax and enjoy — worlds away from the nearest hotel pool. 

(To see more about nearby Mérida, check out my photo feature, Paseo de Montejo: Architectural Treasures of Merida, Mexico. And subscribe to LatinFlyer so you won’t miss any of the upcoming features!) 

The water at the Chunkanan cenotes is incredibly blue. 
Horse-drawn rail carts transport visitors to the cenotes at Chunkanan. 
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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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