What are the most famous Cenotes at Riviera Maya México
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
A cenote is in a few words a cave with water. But the natural environment of the Yucatan Peninsula, is what makes these places, really spectacular scenarios. Scuba diving or snorkeling in the cenotes in the Riviera Maya is one of the most requested water activities, as it is a unique experience.
If you are on vacation in this area of Mexico, encourage yourself to know the bowels of a world that few privileged people can know. Along the Riviera Maya there are more than 20 cenotes where you can swim, snorkel or dive.
These are just some of the Cenotes in the Riviera Maya, which you will surely love
1. Cenote 7 bocas.
This is an excellent place if what you want is to experience in a Cenote without many people. Take your own equipment, life jacket, a visor and the fins since there is not much infrastructure yet. Is it a rustic place? and in development, but the cenote is the best. Address: km 15, of the Cenotes Route, very close to Puerto Morelos.
2. Cenote Chac Mool.
It is an ideal cenote for diving. If you have only practiced diving in the open sea in Cenote Chac Mool you will feel a very special adrenaline. It is not very deep but underneath there is an incredible world full of stalactites. Respect the signs and do not go beyond what is allowed for your own safety. I recommend AluxDivers you can find them on Av 35, Playa del Carmen, they will provide you with all the necessary equipment and in addition to that they have qualified instructors.
3. Cenote Ponderosa.
It is one of the Cenotes in the Riviera Maya known as the Garden of Eden, it lives up to its name, it is a family place to swim, spend a relaxing and fun day. Look for the entrance 24 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen, on Highway 307. There is no restaurant but you can bring your own food.
South of Playa del Carmen, after the Aktun Chi Park on Highway 307, is the Crystal Cenote, at first glance it looks like a large pool, its waters are sweet and transparent and you can see hundreds of fish that inhabit here. It is a good place to dive and carry out other activities such as swimming, snorkeling, zip-lining and walking. There is a restaurant and enough services to spend an excellent family day.
5. Cenote Chi kin-Ha.
It is located in front of the Barceló Hotel on the Federal Highway, it is one of the most beautiful open Cenotes in the Riviera Maya. Its waters are crystalline and shallow. There are fish and algae that give life to the cenote, which makes it an ideal place to snorkel and relax.
6. Cenote Azul.
The blue cenote is another small paradise, to get there you can rent a taxi from Playa del Carmen. The entrance is about a kilometer from the Barceló Hotel on the federal highway. It is a good place to dive, swim and wrap in the green jungle that surrounds it. There is a restaurant, craft shops and bathrooms. Worth it!
7. Cenote Taj Mahal.
Diving in a Cenote in the Riviera Maya, will be one of the most wonderful sensations you can experience in life. And the Cenote Taj Mahal lends itself so you can see what few people in your life will see. Feel that feeling of loneliness, but at the same time of joy. As if you were in space. To visit it, I recommend hiring the services of certified instructors such as Beyond Diving located in Playa del Carmen.
8. Aktun Chen.
Cenote Aktun Chen, is located on Federal Highway 307, Km 107 between Akumal and Xel-Há, it is a theme park, with one of the caverns and cenotes in the Riviera Maya, which can be visited with the whole family. There are services, guides and zip lines. The most advisable thing is to hire a tour with round trip transportation, it will be cheaper and they will take you and bring you back to your hotel.
9. Cenote Xunaan Ha.
It is one of the most rustic cenotes in the Riviera Maya but very nice. It is necessary to bring your snorkeling or diving equipment, there are fish in generous quantities and a freshwater turtle that lives in the place that is occasionally seen. The use of oils or creams is not allowed unless they are biodegradable. It is advisable to bring mosquito repellent.
10. Cenote Tak Be Ha.
Take your time, this cenote is a cave formed thousands of years ago and has a unique beauty, you can dive or snorkel, it is best to visit it on tour or bring your own equipment. You can go to the dive shops in Playa del Carmen and if you come on your own it is approximately 15 minutes from Tulum and 30 from Playa del Carmen.
11. Cenote Dos Ojos.
For many, the Cenote in the Riviera Maya: Dos Ojos is considered the paradise of cave diving and is not for less. It is one of the most visited cenotes since it is for novice and experienced divers. These are three different caverns connected by underground rivers. I recommend hiring a guide for snorkeling or diving, an underwater camera and I don't tell you more. There are services, hammocks and places to rest. Come and fill yourself with Magic!
Tip: Try to arrive early, it is 14 kilometers from Tulum, you can arrive by taxi or car, by the road look for the deviation towards a narrow dirt road.
12. Cenote Manatee.
It is 11 kilometers north of Tulum and is an excellent place for snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. There is a restaurant, bathrooms and in general the facilities are suitable for a good family day and enjoy this beautiful cenote.
13. Nohoch Nachich.
It is one of the Cenotes in the Riviera Maya favorite of divers in the world, if you want to experience the adrenaline of cave diving this cenote will exceed all your expectations. It is located 16.5 kilometers south of Akumal.
14. Temple of Doom or Cenote Skeleton.
Recommendations for cave diving follow, Cenote Skeleton is another excellent option to enter the mysterious world that hides under our feet in the Yucatan Peninsula. Find the signs to get on the road to Coba near Tulum.
15. Gran Cenote.
This is one of the Cenotes in the Riviera Maya, which is located on the side of the road to Coba from Tulum. Here you can swim or snorkel along a cave system, which makes it ideal for children (if they know how to swim) and adults. It has a maximum depth of 10 meters and you can also dive. There are bathrooms, snorkeling equipment rental and parking.
16. Carwash (Aktun Ha).
Many years ago this cenote was used as a taxi laundry, but its fame spread and today is one of the cenotes in the Riviera Maya, which attracts tourists from around the world. You can snorkel, swim or just enjoy the scenery. Its depth is just 3 meters. It is easily accessible and is located 8 kilometers from Tulum towards Coba.
17. Crystal (Naharon).
Cenote Cristal or Cenote Naharon as it is also known, is located on federal highway 307 about 3 kilometers south of Tulum, it is like a large natural pool surrounded by abundant palm trees and vegetation. You can swim, snorkel or snorkel, its depth is 5 meters, ideal for family visits as it has a palapa to meet and eat.
18. Hidden Cenote.
It is right in front of the Cenote Cristal, it is another good place to swim, dive or snorkel and it is also surrounded by lush vegetation. It is a very good place for beginners and children (who know how to swim), you can throw yourself in some areas and spend an unforgettable day.
19. Cenote Angelita.
17 kilometers south of Tulum on the federal highway is the Cenote Angelita, reaching it is an adventure because first you have to walk a stretch of approximately 500 meters between the jungle. Its depth is 60 meters but it has a visibility of up to 30 and is a spectacular place for diving or snorkeling.
20. Cenote Ik Kil (2 hours from Playa del Carmen).
It is close to Chichen Itza, it is common for tours that come from Cancun to Chichen, make a stop at this cenote for those who want to swim and cool off after visiting the archaeological site. There really isn't much to explain, because its natural beauty is obvious.
As you will see, most of these cenotes are located in the triangle formed by Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Coba. Almost all easily accessible and at the edge of the roads. If you are not an experienced diver or swimmer, try to bring or rent a lifejacket and equipment.
cenotes map in the riviera maya
Tips for Visiting the Cenotes
Many people can say that it was not what I expected, the first time I visit a cenote. The truly impressive is not the outside but the world that hides under its waters. So try as much as possible to go swimming, lose your fear of the dark, maybe loneliness, go in search of the unexpected.
It is advisable to bring insect repellent, especially for mosquitoes.
Take your time, this cenote is a cave formed thousands of years ago and has a unique beauty, you can dive or snorkel, it is best to visit it on tour or bring your own equipment.
I hope this has been useful for you to help you to have the best experience at México.
Crédito: Mexico Destinos