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20 fantastic Cenotes in the Riviera Maya that you should know

Explore the Riviera Maya
Cenotes en México

A cenote is in a few words a cave with water. But the natural environment of the Peninsula Yucatan is what makes these places really spectacular scenarios. To practice diving or snorkeling inside the cenotes in the Riviera Maya is one of the most requested aquatic activities since it is a unique experience.

If you are on vacation in this area of Mexico, go and get 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 Siete Bocas.

This is an excellent place if you want to experience in a Cenote without many people.
Cenote Siete Bocas

This is an excellent place if you want to experience in a Cenote without many people. Bring your own equipment, life jacket, visor, and fins, as 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 Ruta de Los Cenotes, very close to Puerto Morelos.

2. Cenote Chac Mool.

It is an ideal cenote to dive. If you have only practiced diving in the open sea in the Cenote Chac Mool
Cenote Chac Mool

It is an ideal cenote to dive. If you have only practiced diving in the open sea in the Cenote Chac Mool, you will feel very special adrenaline. It is not very deep, but 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 to find in Av. 35, Playa del Carmen, we provide all the necessary equipment and we also have qualified instructors.

3. Cenote Ponderosa.

It is one of the Cenotes in the Riviera Maya known as Garden of Eden
Cenote Ponderosa

It is one of the Cenotes in the Riviera Maya known as Garden of Eden, it lives up to its name, it is a familiar place, to swim, spend a relaxed and fun day. Find the entrance 24 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen, on Highway 307. There is no restaurant but you can bring your own food.

4. Cenote Cristalino.

South of Playa del Carmen, after Aktun Chi Park on Highway 307, is the Crystal Cenote, a simple sight resembles a large pool, its waters are sweet and transparent and you can see hundreds of fish that live here. It is a good place to dive and carry out other activities such as swimming, snorkeling, zip-lining and walking. There are a restaurant and enough services to spend an excellent family day.

5. Chi kin-Ha.

Chi kin-Ha.

It is located in front of the Barceló Hotel on the Federal Highway, it is one of the Cenotes in the Riviera Maya most beautiful open. 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.

Cenote Azul

The blue cenote is another little paradise, to get there you can rent a taxi from Playa del Carmen. The entrance is approximately one kilometer from the Barceló Hotel on the federal highway. It is a good place to dive, swim and wrap yourself 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 Taj Mahal Cenote 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, I recommend you hire 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 cenotes in the Riviera Maya. It is necessary to bring diving 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. Recommended for mosquito repellent.

10. Cenote Tak Be Ha.

Take your time, this cenote is a cave that was formed thousands of years ago and has a unique beauty, you can dive or snorkel, it is better to visit it on a tour or bring your own equipment. You can go to the dive shops in Playa del Carmen and, if you come alone, 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: Ojos is the paradise of cave diving and it is not for less. It is one of the most visited cenotes and that is for novice and experienced divers. These are three caverns connected by underground rivers. I recommend you hire a guide to either snorkel or dive, an underwater camera and I won't tell you more. There are services, hammocks and places to rest. Come and fill yourself with Magic!

Tip: Try to arrive early, 14 kilometers from Tulum, you can arrive by taxi or car, on the road look for the diversion to a 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 o Cenote Esqueleto.

Follow the recommendations for cave diving, 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 to the Coba road 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 de Tulum. Here you can swim or dive 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, rental of snorkeling equipment 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. Cristal (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. Cenote Escondido.

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 jump into 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.

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.

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