Guide to Explore the Cenotes in and Around Tulum
The Yucatán Peninsula is known to have the largest number of underwater sinkholes, or cenotes, in the world. Once revered as sacred by the ancient Mayans, they now attract both travelers and adventurers. Formed when limestone gradually erodes over hundreds of years, cenotes are a great place for swimming, snorkeling or diving. Here is our guide to explore the cenotes in and around Tulum.
Just 5 km from downtown Tulum, the Gran Cenote is most popular with swimmers and snorkelers of all ages. Partially submerged tunnels connect the open sections of the cenote. The location is also an attraction for divers, as it provides access to the second biggest cave system in the world. With its sandy bottom and sunbathing areas, the Gran Cenote is also a favorite spot for swimmers and those looking to relax in the sun. Keep an eye out for bats and even the occasional toucans. So, read this Guide to Explore the Cenotes in and Around Tulum.
Cenote Dos Ojos
One of Mexico’s famous cenotes, Dos Ojos is a tourist attraction. The name translates to ‘two eyes’ and refers to the fact that the cenote itself is split in two: one half is clear and shallow, making it perfect for snorkeling, while the other half is deeper and more suitable to dive in Cenote.
A short drive from the ruins of Cobá, Cenote Choo-Ha is an impressive underground cenote. Accessible through a small opening in the floor, a narrow wooden staircase leads to a huge round cave. A beautiful place to visit with children or young adults, the high rock ceilings are home to thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. There are two other cenotes in the immediate vicinity. Tankach-Ha is popular with dare-devil divers.
About 15 minutes from downtown Tulum, the Cenotes Labnaha site is extensively regarded as one of the best sinkholes in the Riviera Maya. Unlike most cenotes in the region, Labnaha maintains a strict maximum limit on the number of visitors per day, thus reducing the impact on the local environment. Qualified and professionally trained guides from the area provide excellent site tours and the organization is also committed to working and helping local Mayan communities.
Also known as “Cenote Jardín del Edén”, it is an incredible destination for swimmers. With crystal-clear and cool water, the vast open cenote is also home to all manner of wildlife, including brightly colored motmots, turtles, and freshwater eels. Thrill seekers will also enjoy taking a daring jump from the edge of the cenote into the water.