Top 8 Cenotes in Tulum You Shouldn’t Miss

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The Yucatan Peninsula and the state of Quintana Roo are aware of a large number of cenotes of indescribable beauty, and many of them are found near Tulum. The following is a selection of the top eight Tulum Cenotes, chosen for their beauty, aquatic entertainment possibilities, and sightseeing services.

Grand Cenote

It is a crescent-shaped cenote located about 5 km from the Mayan ruins of Tulum, by the roadside towards the archaeological site of Coba. The water reaches a depth of 33 feet and divers can explore a vast cave system. It also has shallow areas in which swimmers and surface divers can have fun in complete safety. The transparent waters allow you to admire fancifully shaped rock structures in a combination of open-air areas and areas with stone roofs. Entrance fee to the Gran Cenote: 180 pesos (US $ 9.33).

Car wash Cenote

This cenote, Mayan name Aktun Ha, earned its nickname “Carwash” because it was a car wash for taxis before the people of Quintana Roo realized it could be used much better as a car wash. tourist attraction. It is a semi-open cenote and in the cave part, visited by divers accompanied by licensed guides, the depth reaches 50 feet. It is 8 km from Tulum on the road to Coba and is easily accessible. It has a platform to jump into the water. During the summer, the bottom of the cenote acquires a green coloration when covered with algae. Entrance fee to Cenote Carwash: 50 pesos (US $ 2.59).

Crystal Cenote

Also known as Cenote Naharon, which is accessed by road from the Riviera Maya, a few kilometers from the archaeological site. It is a true haven of peace, with blue waters which form a natural swimming pool and are surrounded by many palm trees and other species of tropical flora of Quintana Roo. Its depth is 16 feet and it has a palapa, so it is excellent for a fun family outing. The entrance ticket to Cenote Cristal also gives access to Cenote Escondido since the two are very close. Cenote Cristal + Cenote Escondido entrance fee: 120 Pesos ($ 6.22).

Cenote Escondido

It forms a pair of cenotes with the Cristal cenote, with entrances on both sides of Federal Highway 307, 3 km from Tulum. To get to the “Hidden” cenote, you have to travel about 2 km from the access on the road, in a jungle and mangrove course which announces the proximity of the sea. Nearby is the Sian Ka Biosphere Reserve ‘year. The geological nature of this reserve, with its essentially limestone soils, favors the formation of cenotes, such as Escondido and Cristal. The transparent and cool waters of the cenote ensure baths for all in front of the peaceful gazes of the iguanas.

Cenote Zacil-Ha

In this cenote – discovered in the 1980s – is an ecotourism center with cabins, swimming pool, bar-restaurant, equipment rental, changing rooms, bathrooms and parking. It is located 10 km from Tulum, with road access to the Mayan site of Coba, and its main area is 10 feet deep, so it is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Deep divers can enter a cave in a natural room called Las Lágrimas (The Tears) because it has curious tear-shaped stalactites. Entrance fee to Cenote Zacil-Ha: 70 pesos ($ 3.63).

Cenote Calavera

It is popular with diving enthusiasts who wish to obtain their cave diving accreditations. The “Skull” cenote is located 3 km from the town of Tulum and 5 km from the archaeological site, on the road to Coba. It is semi-open and the descent is via wooden stairs placed inside the body of water. At the bottom of the rocky roof, a skull-shaped figure is formed, with a few holes resembling empty basins and the mouth of a skull. In the deep diving area, three layers of haloclines are visible, an interesting phenomenon in which fresh water floats on salt water because it is less dense. It offers the rental of life jackets and diving equipment. Entrance fee to Cenote Calavera: 100 pesos ($ 5.19).

Cenote Tak Be Ha

This impressive diving and snorkeling cenote is about 15 minutes from Tulum and half an hour from Playa del Carmen. It is approximately 2 miles from the access to Cenote Dos Ojos. This beauty of nature is located in a cave which entered through a hole. The first thing the visitor sees upon entering the hole is the impressive mass of crystal clear waters. In the cave that formed thousands of years ago, there are stalagmites, stalactites and columns. It has little natural light but is lit artificially. The regular price is 200 MXN (10.37 USD) and 400 pesos with a guide.

Cenote Dos Ojos

This cenote is one of the most popular with divers, mainly for its two immersion courses. These routes are Bat Cave and Barbie Line. These dives allow you to admire particular rock structures in the caves. It began to be explored in 1987 and over 37 miles of underground tracks have been identified, with depths reaching 390 feet. Diving in this cenote is qualified as advanced level, although it is not necessary to be cave specialist, so an open water certification is sufficient. There is a museum with prehistoric pieces that you can visit with the same entrance to the cenote, 350 Pesos (18.15 USD).

We hope you can visit these Tulum cenotes. You will admire dreamlike landscapes, swim in fresh and pure waters with rock formations and unique animal species. Start planning this trip soon; it will be an unforgettable experience.

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