7 must-visit cenotes near Merida


July 17, 2020

Visiting a cenote near Merida is one of the best activities you can do on your next trip to the white city.

Cenotes are one-of-a-kind natural wonders. Tourists from all over the world visit this area of the country to enjoy the coasts of the Mexican Caribbean. Places like the Riviera Maya, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, are considered among the best destinations for vacationing and enjoying the beach, while cities with colonial architecture such as Merida, Izamal and Valladolid have amazed nationals and foreigners for their beauty and peace, have positioned the Peninsula Yucatan in the international spotlight.

Being the safest city in Mexico, Merida -and the State of Yucatan- have increased their tourist flow. In 2019 alone, Merida grew 7% in tourism, with the foreign market increasing the most by 13.1%.

In fact, Merida is considered the best city to visit outside the United States by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

Thanks to the culture, gastronomy and history in every corner of the city, Merida has become the favorite destination for some Canadians and foreigners who visit to shelter from the cold in winter.

And thanks to the safety and tranquility of Merida, thousands have already chosen it as their ideal retirement destination.

7 must-visit cenotes near Merida

Visiting cenotes near Merida is an adventure that no one should miss when visiting the city. That's why we decided to create a list of the most impressive cenotes so that you won't stop marveling at them during your stay in Merida.

The vast majority of them are in the same area, and this is one of the advantages of cenotes in the Yucatan: you can find several cenotes without travelling long distances.

According to their opening the cenotes are divided into 3: open, semi-open and closed. The more open the cenote is the older it is. So closed or deep cenotes are younger.

Each cenote is a different experience, and it is not uncommon to find a new cenote every few years. Some cenotes have adequate facilities to enjoy with the family and are located near restaurants or haciendas. Others are far from towns and are perfect for adventurers.

Regardless of which one you choose to visit, try to follow all safety rules and do not put your safety or the safety of others at risk. The cenotes are natural attractions and the water is very important for the flora, fauna and people of the Peninsula and the state. So avoid contaminating them with garbage and waste, avoid the use of sunscreen and chemical substances that can alter the ecosystem.

1. Cenote Dzom Bacal

Located in San Antonio Mulix, in the municipality of Umán, this is one of the two cenotes you can visit in the area.

It is south of Merida, so it is quite common for locals who want to cool off from the heat to visit this place to swim in the cenote.

Dzom Bacal got its name from the Mayan term meaning "cenote of the cob".

This semi-open cenote has a minimum depth of 3 meters and the deepest part reaches 30 meters. 
Also, because it has an underwater cavern, its waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving.

Cenote Dzom Bacal.
To enter the cenote you have to descend a masonry staircase. Although there are shallow parts where you can enjoy the waters, you must wear a life jacket.

2. Cenote X-Batun

X-Batun is also located in San Antonio de Mulix. Its name can mean "embrace to the stone" or "entangled to the stone".
This is an open cenote, so you can enjoy the fresh water and sunshine.

In addition, one of the things that visitors most admire and enjoy is the impressive landscape that the passage of time has created around the cenote.

You can snorkel and swim in the cenote.

Cenote X-Batun.
It is believed that the name X-Batun is inspired by the way the roots of the trees have become entangled in the rocks surrounding the cenote.

3. Cenote Pool Uinic

Located at the entrance of Homun, the cenote Pool Uinic is one of the cenotes near Mérida that you should not miss on your next visit.

To begin with, Homún is one of the areas that has a great variety of cenotes, so it is not surprising that tourists choose this town as one of their destinations to visit on their vacation through the state of Yucatán and specifically during their stay in Mérida.

Pool Uinic is an almost unknown cenote for many tourists, since only since 2016 it has been adapted for people to enter. The entrance to the cenote is a fee of twenty Mexican pesos, which is almost equivalent to one dollar or one euro.

Cenote Pool Uinic.
Pool Uinic is not as famous as Santa Rosa or the cenote in front of it, Tza Ujun Kat. However, it is a very beautiful cenote that is becoming more and more popular among tourists thanks to the super-crystalline and blue waters of the place.

4. Cenote of Santa Rosa

Cenote Santa Rosa, like Pool Unic, is located in Homun.

This cenote is located inside the Santa Rosa Parador, also called Santa Rosa Ecotourism Park. It has a restaurant and even cabins where tourists can stay. But if your intention is to enjoy the cenote and return to Merida on the same day, there are packages where you can pay for access to the ticket and food, so you don't have to worry about this anymore.

Santa Rosa is a Cenote that is perfectly conditioned for tourists to enjoy.

Cenote of Santa Rosa.
It has a depth of 5 meters but we recommend you to be careful and use a life jacket.

5. Cenote Kankirixche

Kankirixche means in Mayan yellow fruit of the tree.

This semi-open cenote is located in the municipality of Abalá. It has a parking lot and even an area to camp and make fires.

The minimum depth of Kankirixche is 2 meters, and the maximum is 50 meters. Therefore, the use of life vest is recommended.

One of the reasons why Kankirixche is one of the favorite cenotes near Merida to visit is that it has a cavern with underwater galleries, which makes it an ideal place for diving. And because it is semi-open, adventurers can enjoy the natural light that illuminates the cenote.

Cenote Kankirixche.
In recent years, Kankirixche has become very popular among diving enthusiasts. Being close to Merida, tourists can swim and dive from the time the cenote opens at 8:00 am until it closes at 5:00 pm. It is not advisable to visit it without sunlight.

6. Cenotes Hacienda Mucuyché

Located in the municipality of Abalá, Hacienda Mucuyché has two cenotes: Carlota and Azul Maya. These are connected by a channel which you can cross either by swimming or on foot.
This is one of the most beautiful places you can visit during your stay in Merida, as you can enjoy a tour of the restored hacienda.

You can also enjoy the restaurant located in the hacienda.

Mucuyché is the example of what makes the state of Yucatán unique: the perfect mix between architecture and the incomparable natural beauty of the cenotes.

Cenotes Hacienda Mucuyché.
One of the most impressive things about Hacienda Mucuyché is the connection between the two cenotes. The canal can be travelled either by swimming in the crystal clear waters or on foot, walking on the stones that are part of the hacienda.

7. Cenote Chacsinicche

Located in Cuzamá, this is one of the most popular cenotes near Mérida. Cuzamá is one of the places where there are more cenotes, and that is why visiting the place is almost a must that everyone who visits Mérida cannot ignore.

This semi-open cenote has a maximum depth of 40 meters. Therefore, the use of a life saver is recommended.

One of the most surprising things about this cenote is the crystal clear waters where no one can refuse to swim and enjoy the nature that surrounds the place. In addition, the clarity of the waters allows visitors to observe the formations underneath the water.

Cenote Chacsinicche.
Chacsinicche is one of the 7 cenotes near Merida that you can visit most beautifully, especially because of the blue color of the waters that make up the cenote.

What is the importance of the cenotes in Merida, Yucatan?

As mentioned in 5 must-visit cenotes in Yucatan, one of the theories about the origin of the cenotes is the fall of the meteorite in Chicxulub.

The geological conditions of this area along with the impact of the meteorite, favored the formation of the cenotes.

In Yucatan, it is believed that more than 10,000 cenotes exist, of which only two thousand have been found and explored.

The cenotes have put the Yucatan and Merida in their sights. In fact, they are becoming increasingly famous among academics and adventurers who want to explore them, especially thanks to the aura of mysticism that surrounds them thanks to the influence of the Mayan culture in the area.

Banner of real estate developments in Merida.

As you may know, for the Mayans, the cenotes represented a sacred place. They were the place where the connection with the spirit world -called Xibalbá- and also life took place. Being places located in the depths and full of water, for the Mayans the cenotes were a symbol of fertility and according to some researchers, they represented the female womb.

For the same reason, the cenotes were enclosures where rituals were carried out. Because of this, with the technological advance, more and more scientists are interested in diving, in order to find and recover traces or bones of animals and human beings from other times.

Investing in Merida, the City of Peace

With the growth of Merida, tourists are reassured that they are visiting a place with quality services and security.

Hospitals, entertainment options, shops and restaurants assure them that they can enjoy adventures and visit cenotes near Merida with the peace of mind that they will return to a city prepared for their needs.

Currently, thanks to the impulse of alternative tourism and the cenotes as tourist products, Merida has become an interesting city for real estate investors who wish to acquire houses in Merida to rent or re-sell.

In how to generate extra income with your property and Airbnb we address the possibilities that new investors have now that there are platforms that allow users to enjoy the cities they visit in a unique and different way.

And of course, visiting cenotes near Merida has become a fundamental part of the experiences offered by Airbnb in Yucatan.

Do you want to know what other things you can do in Mérida? Read our article on 5 things to do in Merida.

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