First of all, what in the heck is a cenote? Put simply, it’s a sinkhole or pit created by the collapse of limestone that opens up to groundwater beneath the earth’s surface. Think of them as surface entrances to subterranean water sources. That rather dry description does not do credit to their greatest attribute: they are very cool!
Here are some photos of some of the more remarkable cenotes on the Yucatan peninsula:
Perhaps one of the most recognizable cenote is the Cenote Suytun, located near the colonial city of Valladolid, Yucatan. Becoming more popular every year, it is becoming a frequent stop for tourists traveling to Chichen Itza or Ek Balam ruins.
Lucky visitors may experience the awesome site of the glacier calving.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular aspects of visiting the glaciers is not the sights, but the sounds. Like a living being, the glacier creaks and groans and the sound resonates throughout the valley. There is a constant crackling and grumbling in the air as the glacier shifts. Suddenly a loud crack booms and gives you warning of a large piece of ice falling into the water.
The weather is warmest January – Mid-March. Because of the favorable weather, it is also the most busiest and most crowded time. If you’d like to avoid the crowds, it can still be lovely to travel in Spring or Autumn. This is truly a awe-inspiring trip. Contact Marie to learn more about the Argentina Highlights vacation offered by Mongrams (a division of Globus Tours).