Photographer's Note

I took this picture inside the "cenote de Xkeken" which we visited on the way from Chichen Itza to Cancún. I am claustrophobic, so it took me a while to go the steps down and enter the subterraneous cave in order to see this marvellous view. The light was pretty dim inside, so it was hard to take a decent picture. When using flash, I only got a plain dark image. This one was taken without flash. The colors seen on the picture are the result of some rays of sun coming through a hole in the top of the cave and falling on the great turquoise water. WS are welcome.

"Cenote is the name given in the southern part of Mexico and Central America to freshwater-filled limestone sinkholes. Cenotes are fully or partially collapsed karst caves. Mature cenotes often resemble small, circular lakes or lagoons with vertical edges. The name cenote derives from Mayan language dzonot.

Cenotes have long been major sources of water in much of the Yucatan peninsula, most of which lacks other easily accessible year-round water. The Maya city of Chichén Itzá was built around a cluster of these natural wells. Some cenotes like the Cenote of Sacrifice in Chichén Itzá played an important role in Maya rites. It was believed that these pools were gateways to the other world, and valuable items were sometimes thrown into them. Golden sacrificial artifacts were found in such cenotes, leading to the archaeological exploration of most cenotes in the first part of the 20th century.

Some cenotes flow out to the ocean. Where the fresh and saltwater meet, a blurry halocline layer can be found. This phenomena can occur many kilometres inland, and is usually found at depths between 10-20 meters."

Source: Wikipedia

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