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These Cenotes Near Cancun Are Trending With Visitors This Summer

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Although Cancun is most famous for its assortment of world-class white-sand beaches, it’s also home to one of nature’s most beautiful sights: cenotes. 

Cenotes, or freshwater sinkholes, played a critical role in Mayan culture, but in the modern age, they are an oasis of tranquility that tourists can’t get enough of. And this summer, cenotes are once again trending as the perfect place to escape Cancun’s heat.

A beautiful cenote near Cancun with crystal clear water

With beaches packed with travelers this summer, here’s why cenotes are a must-see sight for nature lovers.

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Tourists Gathered Around Cenote Cristalino in Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Mexican Caribbean is dotted with cenotes that were formed millions of years ago when the Chicxulub meteor struck the Earth- Typically round in shape, most cenotes form part of larger cave passageways that are full of crystal-clear freshwater.

And while most of the 2500 cenotes in the Mexican Caribbean are found in and around Tulum, travelers can find a handful of stunning turquoise sinkholes around Cancun. Perfect for a day trip or afternoon dip, cenotes provide relief from the intense summer heat and are naturally protected from sargassum seaweed. 

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The Sun Shining Through to Ik Kil Cenote Near Cancun

This summer, three spectacular cenotes near Cancun are trending with travelers. Easy to reach by car – or by booking a guided tour – these cenotes are an excellent addition to any nature lover’s itinerary. 

Kin Ha Cenote

The Kin Ha cenote in Puerto Morelos, some 30 minutes south of Cancun, is one of the most popular sinkholes this summer thanks to its picture-perfect appeal and excellent location. Situated along the wider Ruta de los cenotes (cenote route), the sinkhole is easily accessible, and its water boasts a vibrant blue color. 

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Kin Ha also played an important role for the Mayan people, who considered it an entrance to the underworld. Travelers will find several amenities near the cenote, including zip lines, a restaurant, and public bathrooms. 

Travelers that want to visit the cenote on their own will have to pay an entrance fee of $23 per person, although they can book guided tours that include admission. 

La Noria Cenote

La Noria is another excellent cenote that is conveniently close to Cancun; just like Kin Ha, it’s located around half an hour south of the destination and boasts plenty of facilities to accommodate a large number of guests. But above all, it’s famous for its stalactites, or mineral formations that hang from the ceiling of this expansive cenote. 

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La Noria is an especially popular destination for day trips and tours, and travelers are allowed to swim in its beautiful waters.

Cenote Siete Bocas

One of the most unique cenotes near Cancun, Site Bocas (literally translated as ‘Seven Mouths’) is perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring sinkholes due to its extensive cave-like system featuring 7 different access points.

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Situated along the Ruta de los Cenotes, Siete Bocas is famous for its multiple cliffs and geological formations that make it one of the most picturesque cenotes in the Cancun area. Just like the Kin Ha and La Noria, Siete Bocas is easily accessible and has several facilities, including restrooms and a parking lot.

Important Tips For Visiting Cenotes

While cenotes are undoubtedly one of nature’s most beautiful sites and a worthy addition to any itinerary, travelers should take into account some basic tips when exploring them.

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As always, safety comes first, and cenotes are no exception. While many cenotes are shallow and easily swimmable, others are deeper, and travelers might want to wear a lifejacket.

Avoid venturing into deep caves or canals, where it’s easy to get lost or stuck, and always familiarize yourself with safety warnings before enjoying a refreshing dip.

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