These are cenotes, wells of crystal clear water lying pristine and untouched. They’re formed when groundwater slowly trickles into natural sinkholes.
The water is naturally filtered as it seeps through the earth, so these pools are clean, sparkling, and incredibly photogenic.
Cenotes were sacred to the Mayans and other native tribes, and it’s really no surprise. There aren’t many other clean, reliable water sources in the area, so a huge lake of cool, fresh water must have seemed like a gift from the gods.
Most ancient cities were built around these life-giving wells, including the famous Chichen Itza.
There are cenotes all over the world, from Belize to Australia to the US. There’s even one in Canada, but apparently it’s not quite as sacred–it’s called the Devil’s Bath.
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