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    5 cenotes to visit with family 

    Did you miss our first part of the “20 cenotes you should not miss”? if you did not you can consult here: Part 1 20 cenotes Well we have for you the second part of this series of interesting articles that we have prepared for this weekend grips your swimsuit and you go with family to explore any of the cenotes that we present here.

    XLakah: The XLakah cenote or ?Old Town? owes its name to the fact that the area around it was first populated in very early times. The discovery of pottery, carved bones and wooden objects in Xlakah allowed for the deciphering of much of the history of the Maya. Dzibilchaltun is famous because of buildings like the Temple of the Seven Dolls, where archeo-architectural phenomena of light and shadow take place in the spring and fall. Its cenote, the Xlakah, is one of the deepest underground rivers of the Yucatan. Located 49 kilometers from the city of Merida, the community of San Antonio Mulix is another point that you should not miss.

    Xbatún and Dzombakal:Ã

    Xbatún is in a hollow surrounded by rocks and plants. Around it, you can hear the singing birds that come down to drink, and water lilies give the cenote´s crystal clear waters a special touch as you dive in and swim among colored fish.àThe water in both cenotes is ideal for the summer, since it turns them into refreshing refuges from the overwhelmingly high temperatures. You can dive, swim and snorkel in both caves, drifting along their mystic waters, the source of life for the ancient Mayans.You can rent bicycles for the tour, as well as lifejackets for added safety. On the way to the cenotes you?ll be able to enjoy typical scenes of life in Yucatan and an environmentally a friendly restaurant, powered by solar panels.

    Hacienda San Pedro Ochil cenote: Located just outside the town of Abalá near the road to Uxmal, this 18th century hacienda is now a tourist spot that has kept its original architecture. The main house contains a restaurant showcasing enticing local dishes and a museum of historical artifacts.James Turrell, a world-renowned artistof light and space, turned the cenote´s half vault into an amphitheater, definitely a cutting edge work of art.

    San Ignacio Chochola cenote: Twenty minutes away from Merida, on the way to Campeche, you´ll find Chocholá, home of the San Ignacio or Tunich Ha (“water on the stone”) cenote. Besides its beauty, it offers visitors delicious meals at a restaurant specializing in regional food. There are also palapas (huts), dressing rooms, bathrooms, showers, a swimming pool, a sunbathing area and gardens.Tomorrow we will present the last part of the “20 cenotes you should not miss” and hope you can share this information with your friends and family, and if you do not know The Yucatan Peninsula, take a tour of this site and find the best attractive for a wonderful holiday.




    Chocholá, San Antonio Mulix, Abalá, Dzibilchaltún

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    Where the sun shines through the temple …

    Dzibilchaltún in Mayan language means “place where there is writing on the stones,” referring to the many commemorative plaques found at the site, also called stelae. According to experts, there were settlements since 500 BC, it is possible that before, and lasted until the Spanish conquest circa 1540 AD.

    Considered one of the oldest cities of the Mayan culture, Dzibilchaltún is a site full of stories that are worth discovering. During equinox (each 21 March and 22 September), the main temple offers a unique spectacle of light and shadow in the sun can be seen through the sale of the building core. Your Xlacah cenote in the center of the archaeological site, is one of the largest and deepest of Yucatan, and is the only Mayan site where there is a publicly cenote. Its crystal clear waters and surface lilies make a perfect environment for swimming in harmony with nature and history.


    Archeological site.


    General admission $118 Nationals $91 Under 13 $6 Seniors with INAPAN $18 Sundays are free for nationals.

    How to get there

    Located 16 km north of Mérida. By car take the Mérida-Progreso highway north to km 12, where you’ll see a sign indicating to turn right. Drive about 4 km and the entrance will be on the right. By bus, start at the Autoprogreso station. Buses leave at 7am and 11 am, $8.00


    Open every day from 8 am to 5 pm.

    Suggestions and Information

    If you want to enjoy your visit to Dzibilchaltún to the max, follow these recommendations: bring a hat and sunblock. Climbing the pyramids is NOT permitted. There are unofficial tour guides at the entrance that can be hired. Wear comfortable shoes. Check out the weather forecast ahead of time so rain doesn’t spoil your visit. Remember, it’s important to respect the area you’re visiting and keep it clean.


    Tour guides (official and unofficial), restrooms and changing areas if you want swim in the cenote, gift shop.

    Nearby places

    Progreso is about 20 km away. As a main port, it’s a good option for a beach or city visit, especially for shopping.







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      Kitchen, art and history. On the interiors of an old house built in XVII, same that once belonged to revolutionary Andrés Quintana Roo, lies the...