Cenotes of Cuzama near Merida – Mexico

A cenote is a sinkhole that contains water. Some are little more than a puddle, while others form complex underground water systems stretching over 100 metres into the earth. They exist in the Yucatan of Mexico, and were extremely important to the Mayan people who believed they were links to the underworld. For this reason, they offered gifts and sacrifices into the cenotes. As an example, dredging of the cenote next to Chichen Itza revealed many artifacts and bones. The cenotes were also important to the Maya as a source of fresh water, since rivers are scarce in the Yucatan region.

 

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