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Best cenotes of Mexico

After spending 3 weeks exploring the region of Quintana Roo and Yucatan I would like to share a list of some of my favorite cenotes.

Mexico is without a doubt one of my favorite countries and it is always a place I always like to come back. I just love the culture, the people, the food and the amazing landscapes.

I don’t consider myself like someone that have travelled a lot thru this country. In fact is my dream to make a road trip to several Mexican states so I can get to know better the country. Hopefully I can make this dream come true soon! But in the mean time I will share what I can with all of you

Mexico has thousands of cenotes all around the country and probably some of them have not even been discovered or they are still very virgin.

Actually calling this post as the best of cenote of Mexico probably isn’t right as I haven’t been to many if we compared to someone that have explored most of Mexico.

But I promise as I start exploring more this country I will keep updating this post and only drop here the best ones. So, technically in the future this headline will make more sense 🙂

Okay let’s got to the fun part…

The best way to visit these cenotes is by car. I would recommend renting a car and grab several days to do an exploration of cenotes. No you don’t need a 4×4 car to explore the cenotes mentioned here.

Some of the cenotes in this list are very close to each other as they are also in the same region:

  • Gran Cenote: one of the first cenotes that I visited and that made me fall in love with Tulum. It consists of several cenotes where you can dive and see lots of marine life from beautiful fishes to turtles. The water is super clear that you will be able to snorkel. The entrance costs is around $10 per person.
  • Casa Cenote: a super magical place where a cute and gentle crocodile called Pancho lives. Don’t panic when they told me it scared me too! But in truth it’s almost always hidden. This cenote is ideal for diving and snorkeling. The entrance costs is approximately $10 per person.
  • Cenote Cristal y Escondido: located on highway 307 and both on opposite sides. They are two cenotes with the same owners. This has an approximate cost of $6 per person which includes the entry for both cenotes. These are surrounded by lots of nature, jungle and you will have plenty of space to sunbathe.
  • Cenote Sac Actun: one of my favorite cenotes and probably one of the most expensive since the approximate entrance fee is $20 per person which includes a guide. However, this 100% worth it because it is really fascinating! This is more than a cenote since it is also the largest underwater cave in the world that exists today. The water is very clear and quite cold but the fun part is to cross and swim inside the dark caves which are really extraordinary. Do not worry that your guide will have a flashlight to guide the way and where you will discover thousands of icicle-shaped stalactites hanging from the ceiling of the caves. The light of the lantern makes them shine as if they were encrusted with thousands of small diamonds. Without a doubt visiting this cenote was quite an experience and if you are looking for a good agency I would recommend: Tulum Diving Travel
  • Nativus Glamping Cenote: a hidden gem within the hotel zone. Suprising not to crowded because the only access points are hotels or properties that live near the place. I discovered it while I stayed at Nativus Tulum for a glamping experience. This is at the end of the hotel strip of Tulum, with the Caribbean ocean on one side and the beautiful cenote surrounded by mangroves on the other. It is the perfect place for paddle boarding.
  • Cenote Ik Kil: this is a short distance from the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, on the road to Valladolid. If you are going to visit the ruins of Chichen Itza then I would recommend doing this cenote. To get to the water you have to go down 26 meters. The water is 40 meters deep, while its diameter is 60 meters. This has approximate cost of $5 per person.
  • Cenote SuyTun: this is a short distance from Valladolid and definitely worth visiting as it is one of the most impressive cenotes I have visited. This is an underground cavern surrounded by stalactites, glaciers and shallow waters where you can see at a glance the freshwater fish that live in it. Personally I wanted to photograph this cenote with the ray of light that enters inside the cavern but this does not enter until midday. So my options were: photographing it without people in the morning or with many people with the damn ray of light lol. So, I went for the no people kind of shot. My best recommendation to do it without people is to go just when they open that is 9am. The approximate entrance cost is $5 per person.
  • Cenote Hacienda Mucuyche: one of the hidden gems of Yucatan and one of the most virgin cenotes I have visited. This place was recommended to me by a local and I completely loved it! It is on the same way to the Mayan ruins of Uxmal. This cenote is famous because it was visited by Empress Carlota and it was an hacienda of henequen and distillery before. The approximate entrance cost is $ 25 per person.

Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed this post!




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