Take a dip in an ancient and absolutely breathtaking Cenote for an experience of a lifetime! These sinkholes are full of clean water, unique plant life and are known to be up to 119 meters deep in some parts of the Mexican Caribbean. Here are 5 highly attractive cenotes to add to your bucket list, and some things to know along the way.
These stunning and fascinating cenotes are formed by limestone caves getting naturally carved out by underground rivers. They are typically found once the roof of the cave collapses. Some of which are completely collapsed in and open at the top while others are only partially collapsed, giving them all their own unique look and structure.
Cenotes have always been a sacred space for Mayan People and have been an important source of fresh water throughout history. There are over 6,000 Cenotes in Mexico, the best ones are known to be in Yucatan. To get to these magical spots you can either rent a car, ride a bike, call a taxi /collectivo or there are always plenty of guided tours available.
El Pit Cenote
This cenote is known to be the deepest in all of Mexico. Coming in at 119 meters deep, it has been a frequent favorite of divers from far and wide. The striking beams of light that penetrate deep into the cenote through cracks and narrow cave openings, make this spot absolutely incredible for underwater photography.
Please note that this cenote is for divers only as there are no shallow spots for snorkelers to enjoy.
Starting at $17 USD you can visit El Pit between the hours of 9am-5pm.
The address is Cenote Jaguar Rd, Quintana Roo, Mexico (part of the Dos Ojos complex)
A lesser known but up and coming cenote in Tulum, Calavera has a very distinctive layer that separates the fresh water and the salt water. Multiple animal skeletons that can be seen while diving have given this cenote the nickname of the “Temple of Doom” however, have no fear as it is an incredibly beautiful place to experience.
Located behind the El Pit Cenote at Quintana Roo 109, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico, non divers can visit for $5 USD while divers can visit for $10 USD.
Open 9 am-4pm daily.
Cenote Jardin Del Eden
This very large, crystal clear turquoise-colored water is surrounded by lush jungles and it’s beauty is like something you’d think you could only see in the movies. There is a large deck for guests to enjoy jumping off into the picturesque waters. Cenote Jardin Del Eden has been voted the favorite for many locals and expats.
Open 8am-5pm for $5 USD.
Address: Solidaridad, Q.R., Mexico
An incredible cenote for the whole family to enjoy!
Open 8:30am-5pm daily
Address: Carretera Tulum- Cancun Km 1266, Riviera Maya, Q.R., Mexico
$5 USD Entrance Fee with an additional $3.50 USD charge for snorkel gear.
Cenote Chakka Tun
Highly recommended cenote for a full guided tour.
Open Daily 9am-5pm starting at $25 USD
Address: Avenida Benito Juarez, s/n, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
As you explore these ancient waters please keep in mind that regular sunscreen is prohibited. The chemicals are dangerous for the plants and marine life so please ensure that you bring biodegradable sunscreen for everyone’s protection.
Other things to consider bringing:
- -A Waterproof bag is always a good idea when adventuring around any type of water and natural elements.
- -Waterproof camera or go pro to capture your memories forever.
- -Water shoes in case the surfaces around the cenote are rough, rocky and slippery.
- -A Quick dry towel.
- Drinking water and a snack.
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