The beauty of the Mexican reefs

Barrier Reef

Diving on the coral reef of Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Cenotes are sinkholes, in karstic environment, totally or partially filled with a superficial layer of fresh water and, sometimes, with a lower layer of sea water if they communicate with the ocean through faults or other conduits.

They are found particularly in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. They act as natural wells which can reach several tens of meters of depth.

It is also home to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, stretching more than 1,000 km from the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula to the islands in the Bay of Honduras. The reef is home to more than 65 species of coral and over 500 species of fish.

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