A few minutes south of Tulum on the Cancun-Chetumal highway, there is a mysterious and surreal world, something that appears to be the illusion of an underwater river inside a cenote. In fact it is nothing more than a visual effect created by nature… one of the wonders of Mother Nature, which is waiting for you to discover.
Unveil a magnificent work of nature at Cenote Angelita, which translates to “little angel” in Spanish. A unique deep water sink hole – known as cenotes in the region – surrounded by the characteristic flora from the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula. From the outside, it might seem like any other cenote, but in its depths, a one-of-a-kind “river” is found.
The calm surface of the water seems like a mirror, reflecting every element of this sacred site: the walls, the roots, plants, and the sun. This “water mirror” is the entryway to a surreal underwater world, where both fresh and salt water coexist divided in two levels, due to a phenomenon known as halocline, in which waters with different salinity levels create layers.
Submerge yourself in the clear fresh waters of Cenote Angelita and dive for about 95 ft. until you reach a cloudy layer, which gives the illusion of an underground river with tree roots and leaves along of the submerged river “bank.” It is actually a dense hydrogen sulfide layer where the salt water begins and continues from 98 to 197 feet to the bottom of the sinkhole.
Cenote Angelita is located only 11 miles south of Tulum. It is an advanced diving site and the immersion has to be done with the guidance of experienced instructors, and with use of proper equipment. Get ready for a unique adventure in the depths and calm of this “underwater river” of Cenote Angelita, one of the hidden treasures of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.