Dive in Tulum with renowned Pilates expert Namrata Purohit

Sharing her recent expedition to Tulum, a famous Pilates expert and diver tells us why diving in a cenote is an unforgettable experience. By Namrata Purohit; Photographs by Alvaro Hererro

The Pilates expert on a beach in Tulum on a sunny day.

The walled city of Tulum in Mexico was one of the last cities to be built by the Maya. Although it is often well known for its historic remains and ancient significance, some still associate it with beaches, restaurants, bars and sunset parties.

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Purohit explores the cenote Tajma Ha.

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However, given its close association with nature, Tulum is also home to an unforgettable experience, cherished by few, in the form of its cenotes. A natural pit, sinkhole, well or reservoir – a cenote forms when a limestone surface collapses and exposes the water below.

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Dancing underwater under natural light at Cenote Chukum.

Previously, a cenote was not only a source of water, but was also considered a place where the Mayan gods went. However, at present, these structures are the favorite destinations for travelers to swim, dive or snorkel. I had the chance to visit Tulum recently and the trip was nothing short of an unforgettable experience.

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Purohit with her dive buddies, Harsh, Tanvi and the guide, Taryn.

Beyond Tulum

My diving experience was second to none, probably in the clearest water I have ever seen or dived in. First on my list was Chukum-Ha, about an hour’s drive from Tulum.

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Explore the different parts of the Tajma Ha cenote.

Until a few years ago, this 130-foot structure was a pit, with no safe entrance to the cenote and therefore inaccessible to the public. Named after the surrounding chukum trees native to the area, this natural sinkhole has a small opening at the top from which light streams inside. The play of light here is magical and makes you feel like a beautiful dancer under a heavenly spotlight.

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Purohit swimming through Tajma Ha.

Next on my radar were Tajma-Ha and Dos Ojos, both unforgettable. Well-suited to intermediate to experienced divers, these two cenotes are not for the faint-hearted. Think bat caves, the eerie silence underwater, and one of the greatest areas for exploration.

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An in-depth exploration of the Dos Ojos cenote.

I then moved on to Carwash and Angelita, which I visited on the same day. While Carwash is extremely relaxing, Angelita is, for lack of a better word, weird! It’s in Angelita where salt water and fresh water mix and some may even call it a scene from a horror movie. This trip is one that I will truly remember and cherish for a long time.

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