Mexico’s Cenotes Ring Approaching World Heritage Accreditation

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will soon determine whether the Ring of Cenotes in Mexico is a World Heritage site.

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The Ring of Cenotes appeared 66 million years ago after the impact of an asteroid in, what is now known as, the Port of Chicxulub on the north coast of Yucatan, Mexico. It is today the largest submerged cave system in the world.

Inside this underground system flow hundreds of water streams in what is considered one of the most important hydrological reserves of Mexico.

If Mexico’s Ring of Cenotes were to achieve UNESCO’s World Heritage accreditation, the resulting prestige would help raise awareness among citizens and government for better heritage preservation. Mexico may also receive financial assistance and expert advice from the World Heritage Committee, resulting in better preservation of the site and its promotion as a major tourism attraction.

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