- Explore the famous cenotes--ancient sinkholes, formed by water erosion. Some are hundreds of feet deep and form part of the Yucatan's extensive underground river system, the longest in the world.
- Experience unforgettable dives in crystalline water, huge chambers, and stalactite-studded tunnels of the cenotes. Dive in both cavern and cave environments; the former can be done with open-water certification, but the latter requires advanced training. Favorite destinations include Hidden Worlds, Car Wash, Cenote Grande, and Calavera. Dive shops in Tulum and Playa del Carmen offer tours.
- Remember that buoyancy control is very important in cenotes but can be tricky for those accustomed to ocean diving; cenotes have fresh water (less buoyancy) but require thick wetsuits (more buoyancy).
- Rent snorkel gear at the entrance to most cenotes for US$5-10; many dive shops in Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos offer tours.
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- Bring younger kids to these cenotes, which have stairs cut into the rock walls.
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