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A cenote, pronounced seh-NO-tay, are water-filled sinkholes that naturally occur in limestone rock when an underground cave collapses in on itself and exposes the groundwater underneath. There are thousands of cenotes dotted around the Yucatan Peninsula and many of the cenotes are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.
Originally known as Cenote Aktun Ha this is only one of thousands, commonly known now as "Car Wash" because Tulum taxi drivers used to wash their vehicles in the cenote, because they could drive right up to the water level.
This cenote makes for a very easy entrance into the underground water caves for experienced divers. The most popular section of the cavern is the upstream route, since it has large, chestnut-colored columns.
The open water area has lots of beautiful vegetation and freshwater fish and as you swim towards the cavern you will see a large fallen tree.
The sunlight coming through the roots create an amazing light show when looking back to the open water from the cavern.
Surrounded by lush green vegetation and a variety of wildlife lives within its waters. Fish and turtles meander through the underwater gardens and rock formations and a small crocodile sometimes makes an appearance sunbathing on the banks of the cenote.
Cenote "Car wash" is relatively untouched although the addition of a rope swing and jumping platform allow for a fun and dramatic entrance into the cenote!
Swimming and snorkeling are popular at the cenote and its deep waters and large cave also attract divers.
This is one of an estimated 10,000 cenotes.