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Published on 13 February, 2019 by BookingSandGO

YOU KNOW THAT …. you can choose which Cenotes to visit, only if you know how they are and where they are. About 7,000 Cenotes are registered in Mexico. From the Maya name “sacred wells”, are natural formations thanks to the particularity of the rock, mostly calcareous, the Cenotes are more than ever to be respected; in order not to contaminate the balance of the waters of the Cenotes, do not use body creams, sunscreens, repellents, gels and other hair. I bring you to discover which ones to visit, depending on where you are and especially the type of excursion you want to do. I recommend, to visit them, you must first inform yourself about the opening hours (they can also change depending on the climate and the season).

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Cenote Siete Bocas – It is recommended for those who want to discover uncrowded Cenote. It can be reached by taking the Quintana Roo-Puerto Morelos Leona Viacario by car. About 30 minutes from Porto Morelos.

Chac Mool – It is ideal for scuba diving. It is not very deep but below there is a fantastic world full of stalactites. It is located near Puerto Aventuras (10 minutes), from Playa del Carmen about 30 minutes along the Carretera Tulum-Cancun 307.

Cenote Ponderosa – Also known as the Garden of Eden. Suitable for those who want to swim on the surface, it is located near the Cenote Azul and Cenote Cristallino. Reachable by car about 28 km south of Playa del Carmen heading towards Tulum, after Puerto Aventuras.

Cenote Cristallino – At first glance it seems almost a large swimming pool: its waters are sweet and clear and you can see many fish. It is a good place for diving, swimming, snorkeling, walking in the green. But know that it is frequented. South of Playa del Carmen on the Carretera Tulum-Cancun 307, almost opposite the Barcelo Maya Beach Hotel.

Chikin-Ha – It is located opposite the Barceló Hotel, near the Cristallino and Rainbow Cenote. It is among the most beautiful open Cenotes in the Mayan Riviera. The waters are shallow and crystalline. . South of Playa del Carmen on the Carretera Tulum-Cancun 307.

Cenote Azul – It is a good place to dive and swim wrapped in the green of the forest. It is always located, starting from Playa del Carmen, on the Carretera Tulum-Cancun 307 towards Tulum. Very Frequent!

Aktun Chen – It is located in front of the entrance of Akumal beach, it is a Cenote for those who love swimming but it is part of a theme park that can be visited with the whole family. 40 minutes drive from Playa del Carmen.

Cenote Dos Ojos – Considered the paradise of underwater caverns. It is one of the most visited Cenotes, both for beginners and for experienced divers. There are three different caves connected by rivers. Visible (thanks to road signs) along the 307 from Playa del Carmen towards Tulum. Not to be missed.


Manatee Cenote – Recommended for kayakers, for those who want to swim and snorkel as it is a very large open Cenote. Tankah Bay, which can be reached from here by public transport or taxi.

Nohoch Nah chich – Favorite by divers from all over the world. Only suitable for Sub. Distant, about 1 hour from Playa del Carmen, along the Carretera 307.

Cristal – It is located about 4 Km south of Tulum; it is like a large natural pool surrounded by palm trees and abundant vegetation. You swim and dive. Always very popular, as among the most famous.

Cenote Angelita – A dream! Only for experienced divers. Because of a cloud of hydrogen sulphide, visibility stops at a distance of 25 meters from the surface, for a few meters, and then opens up again to a spectral spectacle. It is located after Tulum, on the way to the Sian Ka’an reserve.

Gran Cenote – 5 km from Tulum, on the road to Coba. About 10 meters deep, and illuminated by natural light and certainly among the most popular, very nice, for those who love swimming.

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