Chac Mool Cenote

Chac Mool or as it is also called "the messenger of the gods" , is in most cases, a sculpture of a human figure reclining back, with his legs and head turned, in whose belly rests a circular or square container. The Mayan name by which it is known was assigned by the traveler and amateur photographer Augustus Le Plongeon who found this  sculpture for the first time  in the archeologic site of Chichen Itza during his stay in The Yucatan peninsula from 1873 to 1885 .

 This representation is still a great unknown and little has been learned about it except that it is believed that it was used as an altar to offer the divine gods offerings and as a sacrificial stone . Many others similar sculptures have been discovered in several countries besides Mexico, most of Central America, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica and were  attributed to cultures such as the Maya or Aztec. Today its exact meaning is still a mystery.

This name was chosen for the first cenote along the highway Cancun-Tulum,  located just after the village of Puerto Aventuras in the Riviera Maya .

The Cenote  Chac Mool is very famous for its three entrances and  two different cavern dives ,one of them  being "little brother".

After gearing up in the jungle , you will be just few steps away from an amazing experience !

 the cenote entrance of little brother is quite small and mysterious although it has a perfect plateform that will help you to get in the water and begin this special underwater adventure.From the very start of the dive , you will float in crystal clear fresh water !

Follow your full cave guide and look around as  this particular cavern is full of stunning light effects and this is an important  part that gives its magic to the dive.

As the dive will go , you will slowly reach the halocline , this interface in between fresh and salt water. It is so sharp that it looks like another surface underwater. It is something you don't want to miss ! Your vision will get a bit blur as you penetrate the salt water and you will also feel the difference in the water temperature , which is a pretty cool sensation.

later in the dive you will see the luxuriant green plants of the mayan jungle shining through the clear water and you will arrive to the other part of  the cavern where the amazing decorated chamber is waiting for you, looking just like a cathedral with thousands of milenary stalactites hanging form the cavern ceiling. Then you will be able to surface in the air dome  resulting from a collapse thousand of years ago.  Here you can remove your regulator and breathe fresh air as you look at the roof and other formations.

This cenote dive has a maximum depth of 13 meters or 40 feet.

 

This is truly a must see for cave and cavern divers when visiting the underworld of the cenotes in the Yucatan peninsula.