Kukulkan Cenote

Kukulcan is one of the most important gods of the Maya pantheon for being a creator deity of the universe. It is related to the wind and wisdom; its name means in Maya " feathered serpent". It is equivalent to Quetzalcoatl of the Aztecs, with its long and iridescent quetzal feathers. In Maya art they have often found bird-serpent symbols that could be considered emblematic of this deity, also seen as a hero who came from afar wearing strange clothes and with foreign customs. He is credited with the invention and teaching of writing to the Mayan people.

According to Mayan mythology, it is Kukulcan who descends every spring and autumn equinox the main steps of El Castillo, the main pyramid located in the archaeological site of Chichen Itza,in the Yucatan peninsula.

For the local cavern divers , Kukulcan is a beautiful cenote which belongs to  the cave system Chac Mool , located about 20 minutes  from Playa del Carmen in the direction to Tulum.

This is an excellent place to start a new underwater experience with cavern diving as it offers the comfort of a very broad area of open water at the beginning.

 Right from the start of this dive , you will be amazed by the atmosphere ! In the morning when the sun is part of the trip , the cenote is completely flooded with sunlight which create a magical shade of blue light that filtered through the plants and roots of the Mayan jungle. It makes a fantastic spot for wonderful underwater pictures.

Few frog kicks later, you will go down to 12 meters or 40 feet and will dive in the halocline , this phenomenon caused by the different levels of salinity in the water . You will perfectly see the difference of fresh and salt water , a unique visual effect, special in the cenotes of the Riviera Maya.

 

The maximum depth of this cavern dive is 15 meters or 50 feet . The slow pace of your full cave guide will let you appreciate the white walls of the cenote made of pure limestone, the beauty of all the formations like the stalactites and stalagmites and the interesting  marine fossils of shells and coral.