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One of the natural wonders of the state of Yucatán in Mexico are the Dzonot (Mayan) or Cenotes, which are surface connections to subterranean water bodies. There are more than 6000, although only 2400 are registered.

Believing that these pools were gateways to the afterlife, the Maya threw valuable items into them. There have been discovered human skeletons and sacrificial objects confirming a local legend, the Cult of the Cenote, involving human sacrifice to the rain gods (Chaacs) by ritual casting of victims and objects into the cenote.

Cenote Samul Ha or Samula, in the small village Dzitnup (near Chichén Itzá) is an amazing cenote with an opening at the top like a natural skylight, that creates a dramatic effect on the water. With deep crystal waters it is one of the most photographed cenotes in the area. There is lighting and a guide rope to make it easier to enter and you can swim in it, an outstanding experience not to be missed.

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