One of the cenotes of the Mexican jungle

Many of the towns of the Mayan civilization were formed around cenotes, caves with water deposits also known as dolinas and that were important sources of water for that town.

The Mayans also believed that the cenotes were the dwelling of the rain god Chac, having sacrificed children, animals in them, or thrown valuable artifacts there – archaeologists have collected skeletons and all sorts of jade objects, Gold or copper.

The present Mexico is, by the way, the place of the planet with more cenotes. It was in one of them, in Quintana Roo, that the underwater photographer Troy Iloski explored recently, with the help of local guides.

With 121 meters of depth, this cenote would have been a place of sacrifice, according to the photographer. “I think the ancient Mayans used this gigantic hole for sacrifices or buried people,” the photographer explained.

Several bones of people and animals have already been collected from the site. “It’s a fantastic cenote, even in the deep jungle,” Iloski concluded. This is one of the 6,000 cenotes that can be found in Mexico – half have not yet been explored.



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