Are you looking for the most popular cenotes in the Yucatán Peninsula?
Here we have the 15 most popular cenotes!
An incredible reason to visit the Yucatán Peninsula is its most popular cenotes. It’s estimated that there are more than 3,000 in this area of Mexico and all are interconnected by a complicated network of underground rivers. Thanks to the fact that the water is filtered by the limestone, it reaches the underground caves as crystalline water, filling them and turning them into the cenotes that we all know.
Their beauty made the Mayas consider them sacred and today, they are the subject of research by anthropologists and archaeologists, as well as being an excellent escape to nature to discover a place that you will never forget.
Keep reading to discover the 15 most popular cenotes and how to get to them from Cancun.
This cenote is located in Yucatán and has the peculiarity of having sapphire-colored water and walls covered by vegetation that uses the water from the cenote as the main source of it.
To get there, you will have to take the highway or the road that goes to Valladolid, passing this magical town, follow the signs to get to Chichén Itzá. Being very close to this archaeological site, it becomes the perfect plan to get to know one of the most important Maya cities and then cool off in an incredible cenote.
In this cenote you will find a stone platform that at noon is illuminated by a ray of sunlight that gives it a magical and unforgettable view. Ideal for your photographs who are looking at the most popular cenotes.
Getting to this cenote is easy. You must take the road or highway to Valladolid. Once you arrive in town, look for the signs to take the Mexico 180D highway.
In addition to having the incredible cenote, Hubiku is surrounded by a tourist center where you will find a buffet restaurant with regional food. Discover the tequila museum and learn about its production process. In addition, of course, immerse yourself in the refreshing water of the cenote.
To get there you must also take the road to Valladolid. Once you reach the deviation to enter the town, you must follow the signs that go to Tizimín. You will cross through a small town called Temozón. Shortly after passing this town, you will find the detour to get to Hubiku.
Two eyes (Dos Ojos)
Exploring the depth of this cenote is must, as its water is crystal clear and refreshing. In addition, you will discover a cavern where stalactites and stalagmites have formed for millions of years.
To get there you must take the highway to Tulum. Shortly after the detour to get to Xel-Há, you will find the detour to this cenote.
This is my personal favorite! It’s a very large cenote that will allow you to explore caverns filled with crystal clear water and watch turtles swimming in this popular cenote. It is a great experience!
Gran Cenote is located in Tulum. Getting there is very easy, you must take the road that goes to Cobá and in about 10 minutes by car, you’ll find it!
Eden Garden (Jardín del Edén)
This cenote is also known as La Ponderosa. It’s located 3 km from Puerto Aventuras and 25 km from Playa del Carmen. It’s an open cenote with crystal clear water. You will be able to discover its depth and its beautiful colors!
To get there, you must take the road to Playa del Carmen, once you pass Playa, you must be careful to see the sign that will be found about 20 km after the city.
Blue cenote (Cenote Azul)
This one is a local favorite. It is located about 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, on the road to Tulum. If you come with children who cannot swim, this cenote is ideal!
In the whole complex you’ll be able to find the main cenote with a considerable depth but around there are some perfect pools for children to have fun.
Jumps and underwater exploration will accompany your day, which will also be completely surrounded by nature and crystal-clear water. You just have to take the road to Playa del Carmen and pass the city! It is found a few minutes later.
It is also known as the longest underwater cave in the world. 😮 It is a cenote that is completely covered but illuminated by artificial light. It is a real adventure!
You will discover a cavern and you will be impressed by the depth of the cenote and the darkness of the caves. I’m not going to lie to you, you may feel a little scared, but calm down. As long as you respect the safety rules, you won’t have any problems.
This cave system is located in front of the Dos Ojos cenote in Tulum.
The cenotes of the Xenotes tour are located on the Ruta de los Cenotes, in Puerto Morelos. There are four different cenotes: old, young, cavern and open. There are two that will steal your breath: Lu’um and Ha’.
Ha’ is a semi-open cenote with an underwater garden and crystal-clear water. You will undoubtedly love discovering all its corners!
On the other hand, Lu’um is a cenote that is mostly covered except for two openings that create a magical effect on the water. Thanks to the sun’s rays that manage to penetrate, the depth of the formation can be illuminated as with a light tube. It’s incredible!
To visit them you must book the Xenotes tour and live the complete adventure that includes kayak tours, jungle walks, zip-lines, jumps and much more.
Just 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen (very close to the Gran Cenote), you’ll find cenote Cristalino, one of the most popular cenotes of the area. As its name suggests, the water is completely transparent! Upon entering the facilities, you will be able to enjoy the vast vegetation typical of the area and when you immerse yourself in its waters, you will be able to observe the roots of the trees that are around, a couple of fish that live there and, mainly, its freshwater!
Do not forget to jump from the jumping platform… It’s a few seconds of suffering for a great time of fun. Just enjoy!
To get there, you must take the road to Playa del Carmen and, after you pass the city, keep an eye out for directions. This cenote is located on the road.
Zacíl – Há
This cenote is completely open and has “shallow” depth (between 5 m and 6 m). Thanks to the tonality of its water and the nature that surrounds it, you will feel in a natural oasis in Tulum. I recommend you rent a bicycle in downtown Tulum and arrive at this cenote after 25 – 40 minutes of travel and then cool off in the crystal-clear water of Zacil-Há.
This cenote is located in Tulum, you must take the road to Cobá and travel approximately 8 kilometers.
The Calavera cenote is one of the most instagrammable and popular cenotes on this list. It has two entrances of light (from which it takes its name) with a peculiar staircase (here the photos are taken) and a platform for jumping into the dark. I recommend you jump into the cenote without seeing how high it is. It will be a great experience!
This cenote is also located near Zacil-Há and Gran Cenote in Tulum. So you should also take the road to Cobá and be aware of directions.
Here you can take a tour of the cenote, explore the mangroves that surround it and discover its depth and crystal-clear water.
In addition, it has the peculiarity that a crocodile lives here, although it is not friendly, it is not aggressive either, it swims among tourists. In fact, it has gone viral a couple of times on social networks because it really is impressive to swim with a reptile so close.
To get there, you must take the road to Playa del Carmen, pass the city and go to Xel-Há park. It is closer to Tulum, so you will have to get to the town of Tulum and take a turn to Playa del Carmen. In a few minutes, you will see the signs of Casa Cenote.
This cenote is best enjoyed by diving in it thanks to its multiple caverns, stalactites, and incredible nature that are illuminated by the rays of the sun. No wonder why this is one of the most popular cenotes!
You should definitely visit it! This cenote is located on the road to Playa del Carmen. You must cross this city and get to Puerto Aventuras, another town. Once you cross Puerto Aventuras, you must turn right and after crossing a small dirt road, you will find this earthly paradise.
The word “Xcajum” means “place of sounds”. Its beauty lies in being an open cenote with high walls covered with vegetation and surrounded by four viewpoints from which you can appreciate its beauty. It is located just 20 minutes from the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, so you can visit it and cool off in its water after having visited the Kukulkán Castle and the other Maya constructions that are in the important ancient city.
To get there, you will take the highway towards Mérida (from Chichén Itzá) and you will arrive at a small town called Pisté. Once you’re there, follow the signs to another town called Dzitas. The cenote is located a few kilometers before reaching Dzites, so you must pay attention to the signs on the road.
These are some of the most famous and recommended cenotes near Cancun, but since there are more than 3,000, surely some of them escaped us.
Do you know any other popular cenote that you would recommend?
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