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Cenote San Eduardo

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Map of Cenote San Eduardo: Roberto Hashimoto, Agustin Garcia, 1998

Cave Type: Cenote - solutional cave system

Location: Tecoh, Yucatan

Length: 210 m

Maximum depth: 24 m

Description: Cenote San Eduardo is located near the village of Tecoh, 41 km southeast of Merida. This cenote is entered through a dry cave and contains two different and unconnected underwater caves. A large tree stands beside the entrance, a 3 m deep hole descended using a metal ladder. The base of ladder stands atop a breakdown mound leading down to two pools on opposite sides of the cave. To the north, a winding path with stone steps leads to the main pool. From this 15 m wide by 5 m long pool, a breakdown slope extends straight ahead, reaching a maximum depth of 24 m and penetration of 57 m. Pieces of Mayan pottery and even human bones can be found in this section of the cave. On the right side of the pool, a small tunnel continues past several sharp turns to the 30 m diameter, circular Cathedral Room, containing a large air bell at the top. A big stalactite hangs from the center of the ceiling and penetrates into the water. A small, dry passage continues at water level, but is too tight to crawl through.

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Cenote San Eduardo: Image provided by the Gobierno del Estado de Yucatan, Secretaria de Ecologia

The second pool lies to the south of the entrance, down another breakdown slope. A small hole in the ceiling, providing access for a pipe to pump water from the cave, allows some light to illuminate the pool. The underwater passage on this side of the cenote is shallower. Underwater, a tight U-shaped tunnel begins from a crack in the wall and ends only 3 m away.

Hydrology: Freshwater.

Diving Mode: Standard cave scuba

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Cenote San Eduardo: Image provided by the Gobierno del Estado de Yucatan, Secretaria de Ecologia

History: This cave system was first explored by Enrique Soberanes and Fernando Rosado in April 1998. Roberto Hashimoto, Agustin Garcia and Rogelio Mier Ortega dived in the cave shortly thereafter. The Cathedral Room was discovered by Thomas Iliffe and Christi Daniels in June 1998.

Fauna:

Conservation status: Good. No garbage and farmers that work the surrounding land, keep the area clean.

Contributors: Roberto Hashimoto and Agustin Garcia, Merida, Yucatan


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