Wednesday morning, August 26th, an enormous sinkhole or cenote opened up in the middle of the Federal Highway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.!! The actual location was very close to the Iberostar Hotel. The photo above shows the quick fix that was implemented to ease traffic congestion while the main road is repaired.
The Carretera Federal is the main thoroughfare between the Cancun Airport, Cancun, and other cities along its route such as Puerto Morelos, Akumal, Tulum, and further south Chetumal. Not to mention, all of the major resorts are accessible along the Federal Highway.
The hole that opened up was 10 meters wide and one meter deep and snarled traffic for miles. Amazingly only one person suffered an injury and only one vehicle was damaged. I’m guessing that less people were injured because the cenote opened up very early in the morning.
Cenotes are very prevalent in the Yucatan Peninsula as most of the freshwater is found underground. People are constantly finding cenotes in their backyards, places of business, and construction sites. Someone even opened up a cenote restaurant when they found one in their backyard called Alux Restaurante.! Though I hear they’re closed now.
I took the Carretera Federal to work every morning and home every evening. I can’t even imagine.! Some of my friends still work at the same hotel and they told me that their normal 25 minute commute took 2 hours.!! Granted that’s way better than falling into a sinkhole any day of the week.!!
I’ve included a news video at the bottom so you can see the damage. However, it is in Spanish. I’ve also included a link to The Yucatan Times detailing what happened in English. Stay safe everyone.!
Video courtesy of Reportero Ambulante