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    Seven cenotes to enjoy this weekend

    Do you have something for this weekend?, If your answer is no, we have an ideal recomendation to spend a great time with family, friends or partner, This time we present to you the “Twenty marvelous cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula.” The best thing about these places is that they are good fun and low cost, it’s really a privilege to have these incomparable beauty sites close to the city of Merida. Here we present the first seven.

    From the Mayan dz?onot, meaning ?sacred?, cenotes are karst depressionsformed as a result of cave or cavern roofs collapsing and exposing the water that runs through them; hence their depth. These formations may be at ground level, be partially exposed or fully underground.

    ChelentúnThe first stop is the Chelentun cenote, whose name means ?Agave on stone? in Maya; it is a partially exposed cenote in a huge cavern, accessed by a stairway. Below, a wooden platform resting on a rock formation serves as a diving board for the boldest visitors.

    ChaczinicchéThe next stop is the Chaczinicche cenote (?Home of the red ant?). This body of water is also in a large, semi-open cave and hasÃ??Ã?àexceptionally clear waters. At this point one can hardly resist the temptation to dive in.

    Bolonchoojol:At the end of the tour, the Bolonchoojol awaits. Juan reveals the entrance to a ?lookout point?, which is accessed through a narrow gap at the foot of a poplar tree.We continue the journey and moved to Tecoh, a population of Yucatan state, located veintocho kilometers southeast of Merida.

    Noh Mozón: The Noh Mozon cenote is in Tecoh, about 25 minutes away from Merida. Safe and mostly open to the sky, it has at its center a small ?island? of stones that allows novice swimmers to stop and rest while snorkeling.Finally, we present 3 cenotes HomÃ??Ã?ún; beyond the village of CuzamÃ??Ã?á, known for its cenote route, lies Homun, a community with a developing but no less beautiful route that includes stunning bodies of water that are just beginning to be used for tourism.

    Tza Ujun-Kat: Inside the Tza Ujun-Kat cenote, about 12 meters underground, the feeling of being in another world hits you immediately. A beautiful, enormous body of water embraces an esplanade with a walled garden lit by sunlight peeking through a single crack above.

    Santa María: The second cenote in the Homun route is Santa Maria; just its access is itself an adventure. Walkinginto the bowels of the earth, among huge stoneswith strange formations as your only witness, you reach the two bodies of crystalline waters.

    Yaxbacaltún: Access to Yaxbacaltun, the third cenote on this route,commands respect: a metal ladder goes about 15 meters down the opening and onto a raised platform,Ã??Ã?àdominated by a truly spectacular view.Tomorrow we will present the second part of our special “20 Cenotes you should not miss.”

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    Cuzamá, Tecoh y Homún

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    Three Jewels of the Mayan World

    These cenotes and caves are examples of subterranean natural beauty with crystal waters you can explore on foot or swimming or diving to enjoy their marine life. Cuzama, famous in the region for its cenotes and the unique way of visiting them, is a favorite for all tourists visiting Yucatan.

    The route for visiting these different cenotes is by “trucks”: small carts pulled by horses, which take you along 7 kilometers of paths surrounded by brush, giving the journey a feeling of adventure. Cenotes were used by Mayans as vital resources for survival, but also as sacred spaces and for sacrifices, during which it’s thought that young women dressed in fine clothes and jewelry were thrown into the cenotes to please the gods. The main cenotes in this area are: CHELENTUN (“reclining stone”), CHAK-ZINIK-CHE (“home of the red ant”) and BOLOM-CHOJOL (nine holes of the mouse).


    Truck ride and cenote entrance: $250.00 pesos. Trucks have a capacity of four people and give you a half hour at each cenote for a total trip lasting three hours.

    How to get there

    From Merida take the Merida-Valladolid No.180 highway to the junction with the Acanceh highway. From there take the Acanceh-Peto No.18 highway to the town of the same name, then take the highway to Cuzama to the town of the same name. From there take the highway to Chunkanan where you can take the truck to the cenotes. A total of 45 km.


    Open every day from 9 am to 4 pm

    Suggestions and Information

    Cenote entrance is free and you have a half hour at each one. Wear lightweight clothing, hat, comfortable shoes, sunblock and bring bottled water. Remember, it’s important to respect the area you’re visiting and keep it clean.


    Transportation service to the cenotes and an optional restaurant at the entrance.