Six Stunning Cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula

I wont say that these are the best in the Yucatan Peninsula as I haven’t seen the rest to make a proper comparison.. but they’re pretty damn close to perfection.

Wondering what a Cenote is?? Dictionary definition: Its a deep natural well or sinkhole, formed by the collapse of surface limestone that exposes ground water underneath, and sometimes used by the ancient Mayans for sacrificial offerings. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico.

Cristalino just south of Playa costs 80 pesos per adult there is a sign saying kids cost 50 pesos but they didn’t charge my 5 & 2 yr old.

We loved this one a lot! Its completely outdoors with full sun which helps make the water warmer. Shade can be also be found. Its deep enough for jumping & fresh coconuts are sold right there.

Outdoors & absolutely stunning!

Outdoors & absolutely stunning!

The cenote is filled with alot of fish.. & they like to nibble on your feet!

The Cenote is filled with alot of fish.. be aware they like to nibble on your feet!

My 2 yr old daughter watched me jump & demanded that I take her next

My 2 yr old daughter watched me jump & demanded that I take her next.. loved it!

Dos Ojos is just before Tulum. If you bring your own gear it costs 150 pesos pp (in Dec 2013 my kids paid half price but in Jan 2014 they were charged full price)  if you want snorkel gear, guide & light it’ll cost you 450 pesos pp.
(80 USD to scuba with guide & gear) If you have a scuba licence I would highly recommend this Cenote as its 75 km long & is apparently the longest cave dive in the world.

Beautiful azul water, little fish & seeing as its covered by the cave its quite cold!

Beautiful azul water, lots of little fish but seeing as its covered by the cave its quite cold!

My cheeky girl giving her lunch to the fish

My cheeky girl giving her lunch to the fish.

Gran Centote from Tulum follow the signs to Coba.. its on the right. 120 pesos pp. (In Dec my kids paid half price but in Jan they were free) This one is half in the sun & has 2 caves on either side roughly 25 meters to another opening. You can rent lockers as well. The water is a little cold but you get used to it pretty quick.

An absolute delight to swim in.

An absolute delight to swim in.

In the Gran Cenote you will find fish & turtles!

You will also find fish & turtles!

One of the openings

One of the openings

 Ik Kil is 80 pesos pp half that for my 5 yr old. Barely a 5 min drive from Chichen Itza so if visiting you must take time for this one! Try to get in early as once the tour buses arrive in the later afternoon it is a rather unpleasant experience. You must shower before getting in. There is a restaurant on site, plenty of lockers to rent & big change rooms/showers.

This cenote is like a perfect circle from top to bottom.

This Cenote is a true wonder of nature.

An opening at the top & quite a drop down.

An opening at the top & quite a drop down.

Hidden Worlds Cenote is only accessible through a Hidden Worlds Adventure Park package.  The first thing that comes to mind is the utter silence. I have only experienced that kind of silence when in the snow. The rock formations were fascinating & the bats a little creepy.

The best part is you Zip Line into the water!

The best part is you Zip Line into the water!

You swim under an overhang & voila its a cave.

You swim under an overhang & voila its a cave.

Cenote Azul is located right next to Cristalino at a cost of 70 pesos ($5.80) for the kids & I. An added bonus is the fish food you can purchase for 5 pesos a bag. This one had the biggest fish & most sections but it was also the 2nd most crowded, Ik Kil being the most crowded. It also has a great place to make a running leap from. (Check our Video)

Another wonder of nature

Another beautiful spot

Feeding the many Fish

Feeding the many Fish

Have you heard of the Cenotes before?

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Amber Luna

I'm a long term traveller, dedicated mum of 2 & passionate about living life full of adventure. I love living my dreams & helping others live theirs as well. I hope you enjoy our informative journey!

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Comments

  1. I must visit each and every one now. 🙂

  2. E. Adair Boder says:

    What an awesome article! Great pics and details!
    Well done!!

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