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Travel Pulse writer Michelle Rae Uy picks some of the state’s top cenotes. 

“There are about 1,000 registered cenotes in Yucatán,” our tour guide proudly declares as he ushers us around Gran Museo del Munda Maya, a museum in Merida that showcases Mayan art and history.

That’s a huge number, yet unsurprising given that many of the cenotes in the area were the subsequent result of the massive asteroid that hit the region more than 60 million years ago.

To the rest of the world, the Yucatan Peninsula may be known for its enigmatic Mayan ruins and history as well as its sparkling beaches. Yet to those in the know, it’s the cenotes that are the region’s showstoppers.

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Photo: Travel Pulse

The rich, emerald-blue waters are just the ticket for a refreshing and scenic dip during those scorching hot Yucatan days. And while it would be impossible to visit all 1,000 of them in your lifetime, let alone during your holiday, a few are worth carving out some time for.

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