The best cenotes to visit in Tulum


June 25, 2020

Tulum is a beach town that has become the ideal place to connect with nature, as it is surrounded by a large amount of vegetation better known as the Mayan jungle. People who visit Tulum are amazed at the flora and fauna of the area.

The clear water beaches and white sand of the Mexican Caribbean are also part of the attraction of this small beach town that is becoming a place you can not miss on your next trip to the Riviera Maya. 

However, there is one natural attraction that surprises tourists in Tulum: the cenotes.

The importance of cenotes in Tulum 

The cenotes have not only mesmerized people from all over the world for their natural beauty: they are also strongly related to the Mayan culture.

According to the Mayan cosmovision, cenotes were the entrance to the underworld, also known as Xibalba. 

Cenotes were considered sacred places and represented the connection between the physical world and the spiritual world. 

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The Mayas used cenotes as sacred places for their rituals. The offerings consisted of objects such as pots, jewels, and even human sacrifices.  Nowadays, there are archaeological expeditions whose objective is to find objects used in Mayan rituals. 

Thanks to the properties and composition of the cenotes, cave diving in Tulum is popular among outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Cave diving is a sport that combines speleology -the study and exploration of caverns- and diving, so cenotes are perfect to be explored.

Undoubtedly, Tulum is the paradise for adventure enthusiasts.

Here is a list of cenotes that you must visit on your next trip to Tulum. 

Great Cenote.
Underground cenotes in Tulum are perfect for cave diving, since this beach town in the Mexican Caribbean has the largest underground river in the world.

The most beautiful cenotes in Tulum 

If there is one thing that characterizes cenotes, it is that they are different from each other since they can be open-air, semi-open and closed. The younger the cenotes are likely to be 'hidden' or underground. On the other hand, the oldest cenotes are open-air.

The cenotes of Tulum are part of an active system of caves that is estimated to include approximately between 2400 and 6000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, which is an area conducive to the formation of these natural attractions thanks to its geographical and geological conditions. 

Although there are 'cenotes' in other parts of the world such as Florida, or Australia, the cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula are unique.

We have listed the best cenotes which, because of their beauty and popularity, are natural wonders not to be missed on your next trip to Tulum.

Dos Ojos cenote

Dos Ojos is one of the most popular cenotes in Tulum and the Riviera Maya.

The cenote Dos Ojos, also known as Dos Aguas, gets its name from its physical appearance. At first glance, they seem to be two eyes looking at the sky, but in reality, they are two openings connected by a cave. 

The clear waters are perfect for appreciating the rock formations of the cenote. Thanks to the small openings in the cenote's dome, the sunlight illuminates this cenote, making it easier to see.

Dos Ojos' underground river system has an extension of approximately 62 km. At its shallowest part, this cenote is between 5 and 7 meters deep, while the cave that connects the two 'Ojos de agua' is up to 118 meters deep. 

For this reason, Dos Ojos has become a favorite for cave diving and snorkeling. 

Cenote Dos Ojos.
Dos Ojos is a perfect cenote for cave diving and snorkeling, there are guided tours to explore it.

Choo-Ha cenote

If you want to spend a quiet afternoon admiring nature, Choo-Ha cenote is the perfect choice for you.

Choo-Ha means dripping water and it is a shallow cenote with stalactites and stalagmites. It is a relatively young cenote, and despite being 12 meters below the ground, it has direct access for people.

Although there is no public transportation in the area, you can get there by taxi. It is a Coba cenote near Tulum which is worth visiting, and an activity listed as one of the best things to do in Tulum that you shouldn't miss on your next trip to this paradise in the Mexican Caribbean.

The experience will be unforgettable since Choo-Ha is not as crowded as other cenotes.

Choo-Ha cenote.
Choo-Ha cenote is ideal for those who want to have an underground adventure. Thanks to the crystal clear waters, visitors to Choo-Ha can go scuba diving to see fish or rock formations. 

Great Cenote

Gran Cenote is one of the most popular and famous cenotes in Tulum. 

This cenote has a great entrance of natural light as it is semi-open, because it is possible to see the sky but there are also underground parts that still have their dome.

It reaches a maximum depth of 10 meters, so it is quite common to see people snorkeling in Great Cenote. Since it is an open-air cenote, thousands of tourists come with their families to swim.

The beauty of the Gran Cenote is that it is surrounded by the Mayan jungle, so visitors will enjoy the view of this beautiful area. In addition, the cold water characteristic of this cenote is ideal for tourists who want to cool down from the heat of Tulum or rest after visiting the archaeological sites around. 

Great Cenote.
One of the great advantages of Gran Cenote is the easy access that allows tourists to appreciate the mesmerizing landscape with vegetation and rock formations. 

Calavera Cenote

This semi-open cenote in Tulum got its name because of its shape, which makes it look like a skull. 

The entrance is decorated with colorful skulls, which are very important in Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead, Mexican tradition that in the Yucatan Peninsula is called Hanal Pixan or Janal Pixan, meaning food for the dead in Mayan. 

Hanal Pixan is a little different from the Day of the Dead, however, both share the altar with the favorite food of the people that passed away.

Calavera is perfect for snorkeling and diving since it reaches a maximum depth of 19 meters. This cenote has become a sensation among tourists who don't miss the chance to take a picture in the famous swing.

Calavera Cenote.
Calavera cenote in Tulum is one of the most popular among divers. Although the entrance is small, the possibilities of seeing the rock formations inside have made visitors fall in love with it. 

Advantages of investing in Tulum

As you know, Tulum is a magical place where you can experience adventure and connection with nature. Those who visit this beach town fall in love with its relaxed lifestyle. 

Walking and cycling, as well as living with animals from the Mayan jungle, are daily activities of the locals that the expats see as an opportunity to improve their quality of life in a relaxed environment.

The condos in Tulum and real estate developments are becoming popular thanks to the tourism and residential boom that aims at balancing nature and comfort. 

Also, thanks to all the entertainment options in Tulum, along with the privileged position in the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula, more and more tourists decide to explore Tulum at their own pace.

If you want to know more about real estate investment in the Peninsula, we suggest you read our Guide to Real Estate Investment in the Mayan Riviera.

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