SOTUTA, Yucatan – The Route of the San Geronimo 7 Cenotes, in the municipality of Sotuta, in what used to be a ranch, is just one hour and a half away from Merida, Yucatan. This ecotourism development seeks to provide visitors with a space for adventure.
In this tour, the most important thing is not to interfere or disturb the environment and enjoy a walk through the Mayan jungle, accompanied by the sounds of nature.
Once inside the cenotes, while floating face up in its crystalline waters, one can contemplate the sky, listening to the wind and the melodious songs of birds filling the air. A common specimen in the area is the “Yuya“(Icterus Auratus), featuring beautiful orange and gray feathers,
The Yuyas build their nests up in the cenote’s vault, and when you look at them hanging there, time seems to stand still for a brief moment….
To get from one cenote to another, visitors use bicycles, and ride along a flat path, among shrubs and millenary trees such as Ceibas (the sacred tree of the Maya).
The heat of the Yucatan is humid and strong, but it is worth the physical effort to find the next cenote and submerge yourself in its fresh waters.
The adventure leads you onto a zip line placed in the highest part of the “Arcoíris” cenote, and in a matter of seconds, you’re on the other side.
Another zip line takes you to the cenote’s swimming pool that welcomes visitors with an unparalleled scenery.
Follow the cenote “Caracol” in which you have to go down a spiral staircase to get to the turquoise blue water. Here you can find catfish, you can hear their rumble as they move along the water. As you turn your head upwards, you see stalactites of various sizes hanging like lamps from the ceiling.
Nearby is the cenote “Balam Ha” (“Water Jaguar”), which is currently adapted for Mayan weddings. Bride & groom can say “yes” on a wooden platform placed over the cenote’s surface.
Another element in the route of the seven cenotes is gastronomy.
Typical Yucatecan food prepared the old-fashion way by Maya ladies is an absolute must when visiting this emblematic and magical place.
Lime soup, poc chuc, relleno negro, papadzules or cochinita pibil.
For more information go to 7 cenotes
The Yucatan Times