The Mexican Caribbean is world-famous for its spectacular beaches, but there is also plenty to explore away from the coast. The cenotes in Cancun are one of the main attractions in the nature surrounding this area.
These sinkholes provide an amazing setting to relax and cool off. Many of these amazing places also have recreational facilities like jump platforms and rope swings. In addition, you can explore caves and underground rivers while snorkeling or, if you have the required certifications, you can also scuba dive in the clear crystal fresh waters of these peculiar bodies of waters.
Cenotes also have an important cultural meaning for the Mayan people. In the ancient mayan trradition, cenotes were believed to be the gate to the underworld. In fact, the word cenote comes from the Mayan word "dzonot", which translaste as water well.
If you visit this part of the world and do not go on an excursion to a cenote, you will miss a unique and unforgettable experience. But, as you start looking at your options to visit one of these natural formations, you may feel overwhelmed as you will find that there are many cenote around Cancun and all the way to Tulum.
So which cenotes are worth a visit, and what should you know before you take the plunge? We've created a short list of the cenotes in Cancun to provide you with all the information you need to choose the right one.
Cenote Azul, which translates as the "blue" cenote, is a large open-air cenote with bright turquoise waters. In this cenote, you will find a platform and multiple pools to explore.
Located about an hour south of Cancun, the entrance to Cenote Azul is just off the main road to Playa del Carmen.
Cenote Zacil Ha
Neighbor to the Gran Cenote, Cenote Zacil Ha is an open air cenote and looks almost like a swimming pool. Hammocks and zip lines can be found in this attractive place that is located close to small restaurants and traditional pools.
The amazing Cenote Suytun is one of the most beautiful cenotes in Cancun. This cenote has a stone path that leads to a circular platform located in the center of the cave. It is a very popular place, one that you will probably find frequently featured in social media and tour agencies in the region.
Here, you will have a unique and incredible experience when you see how the sun rays, which find their way to the depth through a hole in the vault of the cave, are reflected directly on the water. Thus, the cave lights up. Light streams through the ceiling of the cenote to the circular platform below, making this a truly magical view.
Get ready to dive in and float on a guided excursion through the waters of this unique geological phenomenon in Mexico: the ancient Mayan cenotes. Stroll through impressive caves and admire the stalactites and stalagmites, fascinating rock formations that have transcended centuries of history.
If you want to live a great adventure, have a fantastic time with your family or friends, and explore the extraordinary jungle and wonderful cenotes, Cancun is the place to go. You will fall in love with the majesty of the cenotes, and maybe you will want to discover more about Cancun and all its wonders. So, what are you waiting for to live this adventure?