In the small fishing village of Dzilam de Bravo they have one of those unique attractions that makes them a special destination. A few meters from its coast there are several eyes of water, one of them is so special that National Geographic was an expedition in 2003.

Dzilam de Bravo is a small fishing village on the northern coast of Yucatan, the last town east of the Costa Smeralda. In the excursions that leave by boat, they take you to visit the wetland of Bocas de Dzilam, an ecological system very rich in biodiversity. They offer different routes through the mangrove, bird watching, beaches and above all, its great attraction, a waterhole exceptional.


What is a water eye?

The porosity of the limestone rock from the soil of the Yucatan Peninsula causes rainwater to leak and the fresh water goes to the subsoil. All these subterranean waters that run along the Peninsula's rivers, just like the surface rivers, seek a place to escape. On the coast of Quintana Roo, a large part of the fresh waters flow into the Caribbean Sea, as in the cove of Yal-Kú, Xel Ha or Xcaret. Another way to get out of the water is in the form of a volcano, through holes that are created by the natural pressure of the water towards the surface. We call these outputs water eyes. These water eyes we see them in a large part of the coastal area of the Peninsula, in mangrove areas, lagoons, estuaries or in the sea. The eyes of water they are the suppliers of the lagoons and mangrove areas where springs of fresh fresh water from the depths are created.

Eye of water in Celestún, a source of groundwater

Eyes of water in Dzilam Bravo:

From the quiet town of Dzilam Bravo you have a magnificent opportunity to know this natural phenomenon. In the mangrove area what visits in Bocas de Dzilam this bathe in the waterhole, known locally as Elepetén cenote. In these freshwater springs fish often live and is the natural watering hole for the living beings that inhabit the area. Many mammals and birds come to drink, watch attentively and silently to be able observe the fauna on the beautiful wooden platform walk to the waterhole.

The reddish tone is due to the red mangrove that dyes the critaline waters.

The other water eyes that you will see in your walk will be in open sea. A few 400 meters from the coast there are several holes of fresh water sprouting a few meters from the surface of the sea. When you pass by the boat you see strange water movement forming constant circles, those are the eyes of water. In view we do not talk about a spectacular phenomenon, but if I explain about the eye of water Xbuya Ha You will see how you will see it with other eyes, it is unique.

Eye of water Xbuya Ha

The water eye Xbuya has:

This Eye of water Xbuya Ha It was a reason for National Geographic to make an expedition in the 2003. What is special about it? Through the hole in its diameter they can come out 3600 liters of water per minuteThis is an absolute barbarity. If you compare that in 1 minute of shower they leave approximately 19 liters (according to data of the WHO), imagine the quantity of water coming out of that mouth. The Eye of water Xbuya Ha It is connected to other outcrops in the area. The expedition of the National Geographic is the one that contributes this data. As explained by the garrulous Genaro, the divers had to go through the hole with a lot of weight to go down, because the strong current did not allow them to enter the cavity. When they succeeded, they traveled a few 400 meters before the hole was narrow enough to end the adventure. Definitely the eye of water Xbuya Ha It is a unique natural phenomenon. At first sight it is a strong area of ​​water in movement, but to those who thrill these natural delicatessens, you will surely appreciate the magnificent place. It is an authentic chulada to bathe and feel the strength.

Excursions from Dzilam Bravo:

The trips towards the Bocas de Dzilam wetland They leave the building of the Dzilam Bravo lighthouse. They are the facilities of the old Sayachuleb cooperative (aguada bird). Now the business is carried in a particular way. The disintegration of the cooperative supposedly a neglect of the place when the government aid for maintenance does not arrive. The boats and their natural environment are their most precious treasure to attract the little tourism that comes to them. They offer various excursions, you can also camp on the beach, rent a kayak, go fishing (1200 mxn) and eat the fish in rich ceviche in the boat. Some of the most common tours are the following, prices are per boat:

  • Travel: Eye of water Xbuya Ha, cenote Elepetén. Duration: 2 hours Cost: 750 mxn per boat, maximum 8 people.
  • Travel: Rio Angosto where birds are observed, water eye Xbuya Ha, Elepetén cenote. Duration: 3 hours Cost: 1200 mxn per boat, maximum 8 people.
  • Long route: They take you to the beach of the Bocas de Dzilam, eye of water Xbuya Ha, cenote Elepetén. Duration: 3 hours Cost: 1500 mxn per boat, maximum 8 people.

Dzilam de Bravo is one of those places that undoubtedly deserve a stop on your way. Thank you very much for the walk to Genaro and Arturo, it was very instructive and fun the morning. After the walk, take a beer (beer) at the lighthouse restaurant is a great idea, eating by the sea always tastes better.

Dzilam Bravo and its exceptional 1 water eye

Dzilam Bravo, nature

LOCATION: Dzilam Bravo is located at 101 km from Mérida, by the federal highway 176 towards Motul, passing through Cansahcab and Dzidzantún, to get to Dzilam Bravo (about two and a half hours by car). You can go from Progress touring the 82 km of the beautiful Costa Esmeralda road. From Izamal you have to 1 hour by car
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Sail combis from Progreso, Izamal, Tizimín to Dzilam Bravo. From Merida bus leaves on the Northeast line
ACCOMMODATION:there are cheap lodgings. In the towns of the coast as Santa Ana, San Crisanto, Telcach Puerto and so on to Progreso find lodging and rent houses for days. In nearby Dzidzantún is the recommended Hacienda San Francisco Tzacalha.
WHAT TO BRING?Comfortable and light clothing, and hat to cover your head. Protect yourself from the sun and insects, do not forget your swimsuit and a diver's mask. The workers usually wear sight glasses on the boat, but sometimes they forget them.

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Dzilam Bravo and its exceptional 2 water eye
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