Hidden Cenotes around Tulum

Updated: Feb 8

It is difficult to choose which cenote to go to while visiting Tulum.  All of the Cenotes around Mahayana Tulum Beach Homes are natural wonders.  Formed thousands of years ago as a result of collapsed porous limestone bedrock, these natural pools are small pockets into the past revealing pristine water, rich in minerals, that are part of a subterranean aquatic system of fresh water filtered by the earth.

📷 Tulum Cenote photo by @laurentabata via Instagram

Brilliantly clear, Cenote pools house an ecosystem of tropical fish and vitamin- and-mineral rich algae. For this reason, cenotes are most popular for snorkeling, as you are able to witness a type of underground world normally reserved only for professional divers.  Popular with both tourists and local set alike, cenotes are found deep within the Mayan jungle.

Cenotes were revered by the Mayan People as mysterious and mythical sites where human beings could directly communicate with the gods. For this reason, some Cenotes were even used as a place for sacrificial offerings. The word Cenote, or ts’onot as used by the Yucatec Maya people of the region, literally means a "location with accessible groundwater." These locations can be found both on a superficial level at the earth’s surface or deep within caves.

📷Tulum Cenote Photo by Graeme Churchard via Flickr

Visitors to cenotes (there are dozens in the region) will appreciate the tucked away, private nature of the experience. Many cenotes are, in fact, quite hidden and in some cases completely free of other guests during quiet times of the year.

When you see a cenote for yourself, it will quickly become obvious why the Mayans held them in such high regard. Enjoying a day in the Mayan jungle surrounded by impressive tropical foliage, birds and indigenous monkey-like creatures called Coatis’, in near isolation, it’s easy to feel transported back in time.

📷Cenote Tulum Photo by @louisaws via Instagram

Cenotes to discover

Cenote Azul

Cenote Yokdzonot

Cenote Dos Ojos

Cenote Samula

Some tips:

Be sure to bring swimwear and a towel.  Most cenotes require a small entrance fee so it is important to bring cash.  You can also rent snorkel equipment, flashlights, and life vests for little ones.  It is smart to wear sturdy shoes, as you will be walking on the rocks.  Lastly, it is required to use sunscreen and bug repellent that is non-toxic and biodegradable.  Many times you can buy these items at the cenote.  We high suggest bug spray as there are many flying around the jungle surrounding the cenotes.

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