Dos Ojos Cenotes

Dos Ojos Cenotes – Sacred water in the Riviera Maya

The wonders of Yucatan peninsula they are numerous but some are truly unique such as Cenotes underground river systems accessed through holes filled with fresh, crystalline water that the ancient Maya considered sacred waters and the gateways to secret world.

The word Cenote in Mayan it means hole filled with water.

Millions of years ago, it Yucatan it was covered by the ocean, 15,000 years ago, in the ice age, the sea level dropped about 250 feet.
For thousands of years the porous surface, made up of corals, filled with rainwater which corroded the subsoil creating a system of quarries and underground rivers.
This phenomenon is unique and in Yucatan it created the largest underground quarry system in the world.

The size of the Cenotes varies from place to place, in some cenotes jewels have been found apparently thrown away by the ancient Mayans who once lived in that area.

At the moment they are counted 6 thousand cenotes in Mexico among the most famous are those called Two eyes near Tulum, on the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean coast.

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The exploration of Dos Ojos began in 1986 and has never stopped. At the moment it seems that the quarry system extends for at least 61km.
Dos Ojos form the largest underground quarry system in the world and here a passage 118 meters deep can be found.

The name Dos Ojos (two eyes) is due to the fact that these two quarries seem to form two eyes on the ground.

In these quarries you can do both diving and snorkelling, the entrance to the park costs 100pesos the snorkeling tour costs instead 400 pesos per person all included (mask, fins, wetsuit, light and guide).

body of water under cave

The price for diving however is US$130 for transportation from the city’s dive shop, 2 dives, entry, guide and drinks.

To get to Cenote Dos Ojos from Tulum it is best to take a taxi which costs approx 200pesos (just over 10 euros) for one way.

For those who don’t want to take a tour it is possible to swim in both Cenotes and rent masks and fins at the shop at the entrance (about 50 pesos).

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