The Depth of Beauty
CENOTES NEAR TULUM
A taste of the best cenotes near Tulum
The Yucatan peninsula has the largest number of cenotes in the world. They used to be spiritually revered by the Mayans, and are now top attractions for travelers and tourists in the region. Although they are seen differently according to the era, their magic remains and will always do. They are perfect waters for swimming, snorkeling or diving, as well as being a sight to behold.
Frequently used by diving enthusiasts to obtain their cavern diving accreditations. It is semi-open and the descent is by means of wooden stairs placed inside the body of water or by jumping directly. The waters are refreshing and inhabited by various species of fish. It gets its name because a skull-like figure is formed at the bottom of the rocky roof, with some holes that resemble the empty sockets and the mouth of a skull. In the area of deep diving, three layers of haloclines are visible, interesting phenomena in which fresh water floats on salt water because it is less dense. Through the water it is possible to admire stalagmites and stalactites. It has rental of life jackets and snorkeling equipment.
Schedule: Monday – Sunday / 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Price: $100 mxn
Distance from hotel: 3.5 km, 12 min by bike, 8 min by car
CENOTE CRISTAL & ESCONDIDO
Cristal: A well-conditioned open cenote with hammocks and easy accesses, as well as a platform from which to jump. The entrance includes the visit to cenote Escondido. Try swimming with a mask, it is very entertaining!
Escondido: It forms a pair of cenotes together with the Cristal cenote, with entrances on both sides of Federal Highway 307, 3 km from Tulum. To get to it you have to travel about 2 km from the access on the road, in a jungle and mangrove path that announces the proximity of the sea. Its transparent and cool waters ensure full baths before the gentle gazes of the iguanas.
Schedule: Monday – Sunday / 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: $120 mxn
Distance from hotel: 6 km, 20 min by bike, 15 min by car
One of Riviera Maya’s most beautiful cenotes for swimming. It’s open and a cave one at the same time, and it is one of the most visited cenotes in Tulum, so take precautions because there are usually a lot of people.
Schedule: 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Price: $180 mxn
Distance from hotel: 5.5 km, 18 min by bike, 10 min by car
CENOTE ZACIL – HA
It was discovered in the 80’s and an ecotourism center was installed in it. It has cabins, swimming pool, restaurant-bar, rental of equipment for entertainment, dressing rooms, bathrooms and parking. With its depth of 2.5-3 meters, it is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Its indigenous name means “clear water”. The pleasant temperature, transparency and beauty of the jade-green waters cause you to be constantly swimming. It has a wooden lining around the perimeter to facilitate entry into the water and prevent slipping. Deep divers can enter a cavern in which there is a natural room called Las Lágrimas, since it has curious stalactites in the shape of drops.
Schedule: 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Price: $150 mxn
Distance from hotel: 9.8 km, 30 min by bike, 15 min by car
Here’s a list with the names of other cenotes that are worth visiting:
- CENOTE CORAZÓN DEL PARAÍSO
- CENOTE CARWASH
- CASA CENOTE O MANATÍ
- LAGUNA KAAN L’UUM
- CENOTE TAAK BI HA
- CENOTE DOS OJOS Y BATCAVE
- CENOTE CRISTALINO
- CENOTE CHAC MOL
- CENOTE CHIKIN HA
- CENOTE TAK BE HA
- CENOTE CHOO-HÁ