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Named Cenotes in honor to the mayan word "tz'onot" which mean is "abism", Cenotes are water bodies considered as sacred places where mayans used to practice all kinds of rituals and ceremonies. Mayans life revolved around the sacred Cenotes and they located their temples at the edge of these natural wonders just to pay to them all kinds of offerings in exchange for their vital element: water

Cenotes can be found through "La ruta de los cenotes" (Cenotes route) a land extension of 35 kilometers that expands through the road that joins Leona Vicario to Puerto Morelos.

Altough many more can be found on the wild, there are approximately 8 Cenotes on Puerto Morelos open to the public.

Cenotes are clasified in various types.

Open cenotes above soil: Cenotes without a roof located on the surface, they can be commonly found surrounded with a wide range of vegetation, and are populated with a substantious wildlife.

Deep open Cenotes: Cenotes without roof characterized with a particular cylindrical shape, these Cenotes have vertical walls all around them, and they also boast an incredible height that can reach up to 25 meters.

Half-open Cenotes: They are Cenotes with a partial roof located inside a cave, they differ from Closed Cenotes due to Half-open Cenotes roofs having a bigger aperture that allows a clean view to the sky.

Cenotes Cerrados: son cenotes con un techo que cubre por completo su extensión, este techo puede tener o no aperturas a través de las cuales se filtre luz, la única forma de entrar a ellos a través de una cueva.

Closed Cenotes: They are Cenotes completely covered by a roof, this roof can have (or not) a number of openings that allow light to get in, the only way to get to these Cenotes is through a cave.

"La Ruta de los Cenotes" (Cenotes route)

The schedule in which Cenotes can be accessed is between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (17:00). "La Ruta de los Cenotes" can be traveled on foot, bicycle, car, taxi or public transport. The bus that goes from Puerto Morelos and Leona Vicario can leave you on the highway, from there you will have to walk a couple of kilometers of clean jungle until you find them.

Bus schedule Puerto Morelos - Leona Vicario
6:00 AM
07:15 AM
08:15 AM
12:15 AM
01:15 PM (13:15)
03:15 PM (15:15)
05:15 PM (17:15)
07:15 PM (18:15)
08:15 PM (20:15)
Bus schedule Leona Vicario - Puerto Morelos
07:15 AM
08:15 AM
09:15 AM
12:15 AM
01:15 PM (13:15)
03:15 PM (15:15)
05:15 PM (17:15)
06:30 PM (18:30)
07:30 PM (19:30)

Some Cenotes closer to the highway are: Lucero Verde and Boca de Puma, others such as Kin Ha, Zapote or La Noria can be found after walking 5 kilometers.
Remember that in order to enjoy the Cenotes is necessary to take care of the beauty of their waters, next you will find a list of some suggestions to take into consideration when you are going to enjoy these natural wonders.

  • Don't use body lotions nor creams.
  • Don't use sunscreen.
  • Don't use insect repellent before entering a Cenote.
  • Take with you a diving mask

With an etymological origin thoroughly discussed, the word "Mangrove" can't be given an specific origin, but his impact on nature is impossible to debate. Mangrove are a gift from mother nature, a gift that is constantly threatened.

Mangroves are muddy biomes in which there is an abound of vegetation in form of trees known as "Mangroves". The trees of these zones are highly resistant to salt, and count with a wide and highly productive biological diversity, many species of fishes, birds, crustacean, molluscs can be found in a Mangrove.

In Puerto Morelos, Mangroves can be found all along Puerto Morelos territorial extension, being perfectly visible from various "viewpoints" located through the 2 kilometers highway that divides between the commercial zone located in the coast and the residential zone.

Mangroves are divided on 5 great families.

⦁ Myrsinaceae
⦁ Combretaceae
⦁ Avicenniaceae
⦁ Rhizophoraceae
⦁ Lythraceae

From which stem more than 16 genres and 55 sub-species of Mangroves.
In Puerto Morelos, there can be located a total of 5 kinds of Mangrove.

  1. Rhizophora mangle / red mangrove / Taab ché
  2. Avicennia germinans / black mangrove / Ta'bché
  3. Laguncularia racemosa / white mangrove / Sak okom
  4. Conocarpus erectus / mangrove botoncillo / Tabché
  5. Conocarpus erectus variante: sericeus / mangrove botoncillo / K’anche, tabché

Mexican Official Norm number 059 declares all these mangroves as endangered species.