Discover the most impressive cenotes in the Riviera Maya


Going to the Riviera Maya and not entering its wildest and most exuberant side to find the perforated heart of the jungle would be an unforgivable mistake. Especially after reading these incredible recommendations.

These imposing water reserves contained in authentic caves, where erosion by rain or underground currents penetrated until their domes collapsed, they have left fascinating spaces in which swimming and diving have become unmissable. Sure, as long as with the company of guides and qualified personnel.

Here we leave you valuable data of the 5 most incredible that you can visit on your next trip to the Riviera Maya

Chac Mool

This is located in Puerto Aventuras and has two entrances that lead to their respective cavities, the first of considerable dimensions and the second planted with stalagmites; Fresh and salty waters flow in its bed, causing the phenomenon known as halocline, in which the layers of different salinities form perfectly delimited columns.

Although it is one of the cenotes preferred by divers with little practice, it is essential that you respect the danger signs and do not go beyond the areas closed to public use.

Cenote Xkekén

This is located 3 kilometers from Valladolid, on the road that connects the city with Mérida. In this, you will experience a spectacular sensation, because access to the covered grotto is through a fairly narrow opening. So when space opens onto a monumental room, the magic is bewitching.

Xkekén is very well conditioned for being one of the most touristic cenotes. It has great accesses, it has ropes to hold you and rest while you swim and walk through its wide spaces and platforms where you can settle. Its crystal clear waters of an intense turquoise blue and its majestic stalactites will enchant you.

Sacred Cenote

Just 5 kilometers from Chichen Itzá, this open-air cenote was used in ancient times for sacred purposes, like almost all of them. With 60 meters in diameter and 15 meters cut walls, it is connected to the Kukulcán pyramid through a 300-meter path.

It was important for the Mayan inhabitants of the area due to its proximity, as they used it to throw sacrificial virgins to please the rain god. At its bottom, remains of young women dressed in elaborate clothes have been found. This is the ideal cenote to meet our ancestors.

Cenote Taj Mahal

This has taken its name from the famous Indian monument, thanks to the natural majesty that are actually four interconnected cenotes 25 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen.

To fully explore it, you will have to be an expert diver and overcome the five-meter deep wall that allows access to great cavities. The landscape of stalactites and stalagmites will be overwhelming beauty.

Great Cenote

This is located almost 4 kilometers from Tulum, in the direction of the Cobá deposits, and is considered the most famous cenote. It has a crescent shape and is suitable for everyone since it consists of shallow areas where you can enjoy snorkeling without difficulties.

You can also dive in other areas with depths up to ten meters, a feature to keep in mind if you are an expert diver. Its transparent waters alternate a fantastic experience, both in the open air and in areas covered by stalactites.

Cenote Suytun

Suytun is, in addition to a beautiful cenote, a wonderful rural and natural tourism complex. It is located 8 kilometers from Valladolid and has accommodation in cabins and a museum with archaeological remains found within the same cenote. As a complement, you can enjoy the experience offered by the cattle ranch that is also located at this point.

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