3. Mexican Cenotes FAQ
3.1. How To Visit Cenotes in Mexico
There are thousands of cenotes in Mexico, the most beautiful ones are the Yucatan caves, but they are not easy to reach. Usually, Cenotes are in the middle of the jungle although close to the Mexican towns of Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. So, there are basically two ways to get to a cenote
– Renting a car. This could be a good idea if you want to visit remote cenotes
– Booking a cenote tour. There are different options to visit a Mexican cenote. Some selections mix ancient Mayan remains with visiting one of these Mexican caves. But, if you are an avid diver or snorkeler, cenote diving tours are the best choice.
3.2. How Is the Visibility in The Mexican Cenotes
The visibility in the Yucatan cenotes sometimes reaches 100 meters / 330 feet of distance. It only worsens when divers don’t properly control buoyancy or fin kicking.
In addition, inside the Mexico caves, there is a unique visual effect only scuba divers can enjoy. We are talking about a halocline.
In the Yucatan peninsula, the whole system of cenotes has underground rivers that empty into the sea. At this moment, fresh water meets with salty water. Since both have different densities, they don´t mix, but stay in separate layers.
Between the layer of freshwater and saltwater, a halocline occurs. It is something like when water and oil come together. You can see clearly where one layer finishes and another starts. When scuba divers pass the line, they have a blurred vision effect for a meter / 3 feet feeling like Alice going through the looking glass.
3.3. Are There Animals in The Yucatan Cenotes?
Inside a Mexican cenote, there is not much light nor organic sediment. It prevents photosynthesis. For this reason, there is no abundant flora. As animals feed basically on plants, there are few animals inside the Mexico caves.
However, there is a difference between the Cancun cenotes close to the coasts and the more isolated Tulum cenotes. The former, have a few tiny marine invaders such as mojarras, guppies, sardines, moils, and catfish.
3.4. What Is the Water Temperature in The Cenotes from Cancun to Tulum?
The water temperature in the cenotes in Cancun to Valladolid or Tulum is around 77°-78° Fahrenheit or 25°-26° Celsius and remains constant year-round, cooling very minimally during the winter months.
In other words, we don’t need any special wetsuit thickness for temperature control if you go to practice snorkeling.
However, our expert in cave diving, Victor Cordoba, uses 5-7mm wetsuits for technical diving in the cenotes of Mexico. This is recommended for recreational diving also.
3.5. Things To Bring to Mexican Cenotes
Underwater Camera, you will not want to leave any memory without a shoot.
Gear: snorkeling and diving. Do not forget booties or water shoes.
Day-Trip Necessities: biodegradable Sunscreen, quick-dry Towel, sun hat, sunglasses, a large bottle of water, waterproof dry bag for the devices, and cash.