6 Cenotes in Tulum that you must see

If you want to spend your next vacation having fun and seeing new places all the time, your best option is to visit Tulum, not only do you have cenotes to see, there are also beaches, lagoons, archaeological sites and exquisite food.

In fact, nowadays the city has gained great popularity and is known as the new “pinnacle” city of the Mexican Caribbean.

Its life is very quiet, calming and it is the only place in the Riviera Maya that combines nomadic, jungle, beach and glamorous life.  We’ll tell you about all this another time because the host of this article today are the cenotes. Let’s get to know them.

6 must-see cenotes in Tulum

The city of Tulum is located one hour away from the city of Playa del Carmen and during this journey you can find an area full of more than 50 different types of cenotes.

But we are talking about more than 50 cenotes: some well-known and others not so well known, some with public access, others private and others that we simply can’t enter.

Besides, let’s be honest: It will be almost impossible to know all of them, so we narrowed down the list to the 6 most popular cenotes in the Riviera Maya.

Riviera Maya. Let’s get to know them.

Cenote Manatí

Also known as Casa Cenote, it is outdoors, its name is due to the manatees that frequented the site, it is an ideal place to swim on a clear day, getting to its location is easy and accessible about 9 km north of Tulum.

The entrance ticket has a cost of $150 Mexican pesos, which includes a life vest, if you wish, you can rent snorkeling equipment.

Cenote Calavera

It is located about 5 minutes from Tulum, its name is due to the fact that it is composed of three holes, people go down to a subway pool by a ladder, it is usually visited by certified divers, the ticket costs $100 Mexican pesos.

Cenote Cristalino y Cenote Oculto

They are located a short distance from Tulum, they are two beautiful open air cenotes, if you have time on your vacation, don’t forget to visit them, you can swim and jump from platforms, for $120 Mexican pesos you will get access to the two great cenotes.

Cenote Yaxmuul

It is located next to the Jungle Maya Park, you must travel several kilometers along a dirt road to reach it, so we recommend that you join a tour for a better experience.

Gran Cenote

This is the best known and most prominent among the other cenotes in Tulum, as its design is a chain of several cenotes connected by hiking trails, the main one is outdoors, there are sections of caves to explore, the rock formations and the surrounding jungle add to the beauty of the area.

Visiting it will add an incredible experience to your vacation, the entrance fee is $500 Mexican pesos which includes snorkeling equipment.

Cenote Dos Ojos

It is a large ring-shaped cenote that offers plenty of space to explore and get to know, as it is a cave cenote, when the sun’s rays hit the water, it illuminates the interior giving a very romantic scenery.

If you like to dive, this place is for you, in its waters you will find fish, turtles, a lot of stalactites and stalagmites extraordinary, to enjoy all of the above, you must pay $ 200 Mexican pesos per person.

What is a cenote?

If you don’t know what a cenote is, we will explain: they are sinkholes or caves, usually found in sedimentary calcareous rocks, which have been filled with clear and fresh subway water or rain water over time, just as there are caves, there are also outdoor ones.

Most of the cenotes found in and around the Riviera Maya are very popular with tourists, for this reason there are no free cenotes in Tulum, the entrance to the cenotes come with a fee in Tulum, to keep the place in perfect conditions.

There are only two ways to get to the cenotes, the safest is to join a tour and the other is only for those who know the area a little bit or like adventures, is renting a vehicle.

Where is Tulum?

The city of Tulum is located south of the Riviera Maya, and specifically, it is located halfway between Playa del Carmen and the wonderful Sian Ka’an Reserve. It is only 47 km from the archaeological site of Cobá and has become very famous for its beaches and hotels that look like something out of a fairy tale.

How to get to Tulum?

Tulum is located 130 km from the city of Cancun and from here you can take a private transportation service to Tulum, an ADO bus, a colectivo or a tour that will take you to Tulum. It all depends a lot on “what you plan to do”.

For example, if you only want to see the best attractions in one day, we recommend taking a tour. On the other hand, if you want to save money on transportation, then you can take the ADO bus or the colectivo from Playa del Carmen and on the beach the colectivo from Tulum.

On the other hand, if you are staying at a hotel in the city of Tulum and plan to spend a few days, then the private shuttle service to Tulum is for you.


Actually, no matter how you decide to get to Tulum, don’t forget to visit any of the 6 cenotes we just mentioned. So don’t hesitate any longer and come and enjoy this paradise of the Riviera Maya.