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Cenotes in the Yucatan 

 

Cenote Xlacah

Located at the Mayan site of Dzibilchaltun, this is the closest cenote to Merida and the beach areas. Meaning "old village", it is an open, ground-level cenote, great for swimming. It is unknown how deep it actually is.  It is a great place to jump into after a visit to the ruins.


Cenote San Ignacio

Just 20 minutes from Merida, on the highway to Campeche, in the village Chochola, is the cenote San Ignacio. For your enjoyment  you will find palapas, restaurant, bathrooms, showers and dressing rooms.

www.cenotesanignacio.com


Cenote Zaci

Located the Valladolid, this semi-open cenote is ideal for swimming in the refreshing emerald green waters. There is also a great restaurant on the property.


Cenotes in Cuzama

The main cenotes are:  Chelentun, Chansinic'che and Bolonchoojol. The Chelentun cenote is located about 3 km from the Chunkanan hacienda, about 3 km south of Cuzama.  The water is incredibly blue and clear with excellent visibility.

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Cenotes of X'keken and Samula

Located in Dzitnup 5 km southeast of Valladolid, these cenotes are underground with a hole in the ceiling. Deep, refreshing, crystal-clear waters await you.  The entrance has a cost of 52 pesos for foreigners, 27 pesos for mexicans and 17 pesos for children.  Hours: 8am to 5pm.


Cenote Dzul-ha

Its name means in Maya "Caballero del Agua" and it's located at the hacienda Sotuta de Peon. Monday to Sunday package includes: Tour in truck, visit to Casa Maya, life jacket and visor at cenote.  Restaurant on site. Adults: 200 pesos, Children: 125 pesos.  

www.haciendatour.com


Senotillo

This village has a large number of cenotes located within the town and the outskirts.  Locals say there are more than 150 cenotes. You must ask a local to take you. The main ones are: Kaipech, Xayin, and Ucil. 

 

Cenote Yokdzonot

Just 10 minutes from Chichen Itza, a swim in this cenote is a magical experience.  The water is cool and clean.


Cenote Yaxunah

It is located between Chichen Itza and Yaxchaba, there is also a Cultural Center and the Yaxunah archaeological site nearby.

www.yaxunahcentrocultural.org


Cenote Kankarixche

Here you will find a large, spectacular sub-aquatic cavern with crystal clear waters that allows fantastic visibility for snorkeling or scuba. Tour required to see this cenote.

www.mayanecotours.com


Cenote Ik-kil

Located in the Eco-archaeological Park Ik-kil, just 3 km from Chichen Itza. It is well-type cenote with beautiful vegetation and waterfalls. Stairs lead down to the water. There is a buffet-style restaurant on the grounds and bungalows. Entry is 70 pesos. 


 

 

 

 

 Cenotes:Explained 

 

cenote (English pronunciation: /sɨˈnoʊtiː/ or /sɛˈnoʊteɪ/;Spanish: [seˈnote]; plural: cenotes; from Yucatec Maya dzonotor ts'onot, meaning "well" is a sinkhole with exposed rocky edges containing groundwater. It is typically found in theYucatán Peninsula and some nearby Caribbean islands. The term is derived from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Mayato refer to any location where groundwater is accessible. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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