DIVING CENOTES, PLAYA DEL CARMEN AND COZUMEL
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Playa del Carmen is located in what is called the Rivera Maya, 40 minutes from Cancun. One of the best things about this region is that the excellent conditions it offers are a fixture throughout the year.
With dive sites suitable for all levels and close to the equator, there is really no summer or winter, and you can enjoy warm waters that range from lows of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Diving Playa del Carmen is an excellent option if you want to dive in the Mexican Caribbean, but prefer the ease of being with the comforts that a small city full of activities can bring you.
Cozumel is 18 km from the mainland (45 minutes by ferry). It is part of the second largest coral barrier in the world, also known as the Mesoamerican Reef System. It measures no less than a thousand kilometers in length.
It is a coral reef that extends along the Caribbean coast and passes through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. It is the largest coral reef located in the Western Hemisphere.
The C-53 Felipe Xicoténcatl wreck, Palancar, Paso del Cedral, Santa Rosa …, more than 30 dive sites with crystal clear waters, white sands, and full of coral and marine life. The Island of Cozumel was created to enjoy diving.
Diving cenotes from Tulum to Cancún; a unique experience in the Riviera Maya, Mexico
A cenote refers to an underground chamber or cave that contains permanent water. In other words, it is a natural sinkhole where the ceiling of the cave has collapsed. The word Cenote is a conversion into Spanish of the Yucatecan Mayan word “D’zonot” or “Ts’onot”. Cenotes come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. The most common types of cenotes are cave, semi-open, and open cenotes. The cave’s cenotes are the youngest and the open cenote is the oldest, since the roof of the cave has fallen in on itself.
Diving in cenotes throughout the entire Yucatan Peninsula
The Yucatan Peninsula is basically a limestone shelf, which used to be a gigantic reef millions of years ago, until the sea level dropped and revealed what we now know as the Yucatan Peninsula.
The land mass is dotted with caves and sinkholes (cenotes), this vast network of fractures draining surface rainwater into many vast underground river systems. It is very difficult to know the exact number of how many cenotes there are in the Mexican jungle, but there are more than 7,000 cenotes.
Yucatán is home to some of the longest underground cave systems in the world. The Sac Actun System, located in the Riviera Maya, is the longest underground cave in the world measuring 350 km, the deepest measuring 119 m and housing approximately 226 cenotes. Archaeologists have discovered 9,000-year-old human bones, as well as bones of animals that walked the planet in the time of the ice age.
You can find cenotes all over the world, but the Yucatan Peninsula and especially the Riviera Maya are completely unique due to the large number of cenotes, you will not find this amount anywhere else in the world. Do not hesitate, if you want to dive in Playa del Carmen, try diving in cenotes.
Prehistoric sloth bear remains found in a cenote dive.
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