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What is a Cenote and which one worth your visit

What is a Cenote and which one worth your visit

In Mexico and specifically in the Yucatan Peninsula you will encounter a unique natural phenomenon, the cenotes (which are thousands)! These are natural water sinkholes, which are connected to underground rivers. The styles they get are different. Some of them are like small lakes, some of them are like caves but all of them have natural water. Many cenotes are inhabited by fish, turtles and other sources of life. Interesting fact: There are more than 6000 of them in the Yucatan, so no worries you will find your favorite cenote!

Check out the cenotes we visited!

Best Cenotes to visit!


#1 Grande Cenote

Near Tulum, on your way to the Coba ruins, you will find the Grande Cenote. A fairly famous place, which is also ideal for diving! There are lockers for your stuff and a restaurant which means that you can relax and take a break between your dives. Important note: You have to shower before your dive and you cannot use sunscreen (the same applies to all the organized cenotes).

Entrance fee: 150 pesos per person (6,5 euro)

#2 Cenote Ik Kil

Another famous cenote located very close to Chichen Itza! The fact that it is so close to the famous archaeological site makes it quite crowded. It is in round shape (like a small lake) and you can easily dive as it is 40 meters deep! Once you arrive you will realize that the place is very organized. Inside you can find a restaurant, a relaxation space and changing rooms.

Entrance fee: 70 pesos per person (3 euros)

#3 Cenote Suytun

Impressive underground and near the city of Valladolid. It may not be the most suitable for swimming but you definitely need to check this cenote. If you are patient enough you can find some quiet time and actually enjoy the atmoshere. This place is also organized and you can find all the necessities. Note: If you want to swim, you need to wear a life jacket.

Entrance fee: 6 euro per person

#4 Cenote Zaci

Our favorite one, even if is not that famous like the previous! The place is quite simple and unorganized. Cenote Zaci is located in the city of Valladolid, which makes it quite easy to visit. You can relax, or just enjoy swimming. We were actually robbed after we left the cenote, but we are still really happy to visit.

Entrance fee: € 1.5 per person

#5 Cenote Azul (Bacalar)

This one looks like a lake but still, it is a nice place to relax. If you stay in Tulum (as we were) is 3 hours driving. The cenote is right next to the Bacalar Lagoon and the images from above are just amazing. It is organized and ideal for a cool dive, without a lot of people.

Entry fee: 5 euro per person.

There are more than 6,000 cenotes in Yucatan! So when you find yourself in Mexico, do not skip a dive.