Underworld

 


FOR THE MAYAS, THE CENOTES AND CAVES WERE GATEWAYS TO THE WORLD OF THE DEAD (XIBALBÁ), WICH MADE THEM NATURAL FUNERAL CHAMBERS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BEING ASSOCIATED WITH FERTILITY. MYTHOLOGY SURROUNDING THE UNDERWORLD, WITH CAVES AND CENOTES AS ACCES TO THE KINGDOMS OF DRAKNESS, INHABITED BY THE GODS WHO GIVE LIFE AND TAKE AWAY, HAS BEEN DESCRIBED IN THE POPOL VUH.

 

KANKIRIXCHE – ABALÁ

📍West of Yucatán

inside KANKIRIXCHE

A semi-open cenote whose name in Maya means “tree of yellow fruit,” with a height of 10 meters (33 feet) from the ground down to the ground down to the water and whose stalactites and poplar tree roots hang from the vault. It boasts spectacular underwater galleries.

 

 

X-BATÚN – UMÁN

📍West of Yucatán

xbatun guia

 

Open cenote surrounded by lush vegetation and birds such as the turquoise-browed motmot and doves, wich is accessed down a natural 20-meter (65.5.foot) incline.

 

 

X-batún has a great color an amazing reflections for photography! It has a large underwater cavity and features a campsite and interpretative trail.

 

 

The semi-open cenote of Dzon-Bacal is located less than two kilometers (one mile) from here.

 

 

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