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Cenote Zaci in Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico
A cenote (from Mayan dzonot) is a collapsed underground limestone cavern that contains water. They are found throughout the northern part of the Yucatán peninsula and are part of the underground river system. Owing to the lack of any surface rivers in this area and the irregular rainfall, they were particularly important as a water source for the ancient Maya and played an important part in their religious ceremonies.

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