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Cenote Chikin-Ha

Cenote Chikin-Ha

CENOTE CHIKIN-HA

Explore 3 different cenotes in one location!

Cenote Chikin Ha

The main cenote is Chikin-Ha that in Mayan Language means, “water from the east”. The cenote Chikin-Ha has two entrances, underneath the water you would find an underground world. Cave divers from all around the globe come to explore this flooded caves, you would have the opportunity of see them going into the deeps. The sunlight touches different parts of the cenote, so the colors of the cenote changes every time.

Cenote X'tabay

Cenote X'tabay is a beautiful open cenote, which display several plants and animals. Here you could find fishes, turtles, water lily, Ceiba trees and more.
This cenote is perfect for kids where they can swim and snorkel in relative shallow water and they still can explore a cave. If you are not a water person you could put your toes in the water and enjoy the display of plants, birds and water from the cenote side.

Cenote Ta'ak Bil-Ha

Cenote Ta'ak Bil-Ha (hidden water in maya) is a ceremonial cenote where mayan priest still doing some rituals. You cannot swim here but this cenote offers a several trees that reach the water with their roots and you can hear and see one of the most beautiful birds in the peninsula of Yucatan, the Bird Toh. This bird has the blue color of the Caribbean in their tails. Is a magical cenote and you would love take some photos of this mystical place

Visiting Cenote Chikin-Ha complex is all in one experience! If you are in Cancun and you want to have a full experience of cenotes without expending a lot of time in transportation, this is the best option.

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Chikin-Ha:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling
  • Special for: Stalactites and stalagmites, spectacular views, nature
  • Type of Cenote: Cave Cenote, Open cenote, Ceremonial Cenote
  • Depth: 3-50 ft
  • Access: two different platforms / several steps
  • Facilities: bathroom/ parking/ rest zone /
  • Location: in between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum

Cenote You could combine Chikin-Ha with other activities during your private tour, like:

Swimming in cenotes is a really peaceful experience, you can relax and enjoy from the nature and your siblings. Contact us and book a private tour with us!

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Cenotes in Coba: Choo-Ha and Tankach-Ha

CENOTES IN COBA: CHOO-HA AND TANKACH-HA

Discover two cenotes in a day, both of them are caves cenotes, but each one offer different features that would complete you experience at fullest.
The two cenotes are close each other, therefore is really easy to explore both of them.
Enjoy the surreal sensation of swimming in a Cenote!

Cenote Choo-Ha

Choo-ha in the Mayan language means “dripping water”, after going down slowly in narrow stairs, the cenote will opens widely, and you would found stalactites dripping water everywhere! The show is amazing. When you are in the platform, you could swimming around the cenote and admire the pristine water and ceiling above you.

Cenote Tankach-Ha.

Tankach-ha, means in Mayan language “deep water”. The cenote deeps goes from 14ft to 114ft, If you have diving skills or you are a daredevil this is the perfect place for jump to the water from two platforms. There is no better way to cool of, than jumping in this clear water cave cenote.

If you are not an adventures person, you don’t have to jump to the water, there are two wood platforms where you could go to swim around the cenote and relax and enjoy this big cave cenote.

Swimming in Cenote Choo-Ha and Tankach-Ha is a relaxing and refreshing moment, especially appreciated after visiting the mayan ruins of Coba.

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Choo-Ha and Tankach-Ha:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling
  • Special for: Stalactites and stalagmites, spectacular views
  • Type of Cenote: Cav Cenote
  • Depth: 6-114 ft
  • Mandatory: lifejacket (for non experienced swimmers)
  • Access: two different platforms / several steps
  • Facilities: athroom / parking / rest zone
  • Location: close from Coba

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

  • Visit Coba Mayan ruins
  • Custom Tours (We can custom tours)

Swimming in cenotes is a really peaceful experience, you can relax and enjoy from the nature and your siblings. Contact us and book a private tour with us!

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What is a Cenote?

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MEXICO CENOTES: WHAT IS A CENOTE?

Learn more about cenotes

You've heard about Mexico Cenotes... but what is a Cenote?

Mexico cenotes are found in the Yucatan peninsula, which is relatively low and flat and virtually has no surface streams and rivers.

Mexico Cenotes: The Biggest Streams in the World!

The Yucatan has two of the largest streams in the world that run through the entire Yucatan peninsula. They include the Ox Bal Ha, which spans an incredible 159.5 miles (256.7 km), the Sac Aktun 143.4 miles (230.8 km). Dos Ojos cenotes underwater system is very famous as well with 54.6 miles (88km).

What is even more incredible is the fact that these two huge natural underwater systems have paved the way for human settlement and distribution in the entire peninsula for over 10,000 years! The Yucatan hosts the world’s most breathtaking cenotes and rivers that flow underground.

The Majesty of Cenotes

Pronounced as (say-no-tay), cenotes are basically Mother Nature’s sinkholes, which are formed when the ceiling of any cave collapses underwater – providing a mesmerizing window to a completely different world. Moreover, cenotes were the Mayan civilization’s only source of water that flowed through the jungles of Maya.

The Significance of Cenotes for Mayas

Cenotes were also held as being sacred to the Mayan people. They believed that the sinkholes represented a passage to the underworld – or ‘Xibalba’ in Mayan language. The Mayans believed that Xibalba was the place where the spirits of their gods lived and roamed free.

A majority of underwater caverns gradually collapsed when the Ice Age ended some 18,000 years ago. And when that happened there was an eventual increase in climatic temperatures, which melted the glaciers and caves began to flood as the sea levels increased.

The Mayans called these sinkholes D’zonot, from which the word cenote is derived. D’zonot refers to underwater chamber where there is a permanent flow of water. There are many cenotes that are vertical in shape - shafts that contain water, while other cenotes are more expansive and consist of different passageways and pools.

Experts and scientists have different theories and perspective on how quickly sea levels began to rise, but almost all believe that the current level of the water in the Yucatan peninsula reached its existing level 1,000 years ago.

Archeologists have also uncovered massive finding in cenotes. There were fossils of mammoths and massive jaguars and sloths found in the underwater cave systems. More astonishingly, artifacts found in the cenotes suggested that the caves were visited by humans some 9,000 years ago!

Diving and Snorkeling

Mexico cenotes are famous for snorkeling and diving and you will be amazed to know that divers from all across the globe come to the peninsula to test the waters. Almost all cenotes in the coastal area of Playa del Carmen and Tulum are the prime go-to spots for swimming, snorkeling and scuba-diving.

The sight of the underwater landscape is enough to leave you awe-struck, never wishing to come out of the water.

So, join us in these adventures and open your eyes to a more mystifying world.

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Cenote Nicte-Ha

Cenote Nicte Ha

CENOTE NICTE-HA

Swim in a magical world

If you want to swim in cenote where you could feel in a magical and beautiful world, Nicte-Ha cenote is the right for you!

Nicte-Ha (flower of water in maya) is the name of one of Mayan’s legend. The legend described a secret love history between Nicte-Ha (She was the guard of the sacred cenote) and the Prince of Palenque (ChakTzitzib in maya). The prince had to married with another princess from distant lands but he tried to married secretly with Nicte-Ha. An Evil priest found about his plans and killed Nicte-Ha in the arms of the prince. He cried so much that the lord of the water transform Nicte-Ha in a beautiful water lily and him in a gallant red cardinal who can visit her for the eternity.

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Nicte-Ha:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling
  • Special for: Beautiful water lilies, sometimes little turtles in the water!, small fishes and really quiet environment, perfect for families and for less experiments swimmers
  • Type of Cenote: Open Cenote
  • Depth: 3-9 ft
  • Access: One-platform/few steps
  • Facilities: Small bathroom
  • Location: close from Tulum

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

Swimming in cenotes is a really peaceful experience, you can relax and enjoy from the nature and your siblings. Contact us and book a private tour with us!

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Cenote Pet Cemetery

Cenote Pet Cemetery

CENOTE PET CEMETERY - SAC ACTUN

Sac Actun, also known as cenote Pet Cemetery

Cenote Pet Cemetery! The name is scary... but snorkeling in this cenote is astonishing and nothing to be afraid of!

Known locally as Cenote Pet Cemetery, its real Mayan name is Sac Actun (White cave). This cenote is part one of the largest streams in the world that runs through the entire Yucatan peninsula. The Sac Actun system is 143.4 miles! (230.8 km). People around the world seek this stream for scuba diving in the magnificent caves, but snorkeling there is not to be missed as well!

Explorers are still discovering more parts of this amazing system. In some of the discoveries they have found bones of animals and even some fossils of mammoths! That is why this cenote is called Pet Cemetery, the divers have found some bones and fossils during their expeditions.

Snorkeling in Pet cemetery can transport you to a different world! You would be snorkeling around 40/50 minutes in different chambers.

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Pet Cemetery:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling / Scuba-Diving (If you are a certified scuba diver, we can offer you a diving trip here as well, more info here.)
  • Special for: Stalactites and stalagmites, bats, trees, fossils, birds, orchids (season of blooming), perfect for adventurous persons and good swimmers
  • Type of Cenote: Cave Cenote
  • Depth: till 25 feet
  • Mandatory: Guide, lifejacket
  • Access: two different platforms / several steps
  • Facilities: bathroom
  • Location: close to Tulum

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

  • Swim, snorkel in another cenote (like Nicte-HaJaguar)
  • Visit Mayan Ruins (Tulum, Coba)
  • Swimming with Turtles
  • Custom Tours (We can custom tours)

Snorkeling in cenote Pet Cemetery is a unique experience where you can feel that you enter in other world, our team would be guiding you all the time show you all the wonders of the underworld. All time in a safe environment.

Don’t forget to book your private tour with us!

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Cenote Jaguar

Cenote Jaguar

CENOTE JAGUAR

Show your courage like a Jaguar!

Jumping from several platforms would be a good way to get cooler in the Riviera Maya. If you never tried a zip line, Cenote Jaguar is the right place to try it!

Why this name? The Jaguar is one of the most emblematic animals for the mayan culture. The Jaguar is related with the underworld, the night and the caves, which are the entrance of the underworld. They consider a powerful animal with deep knowledge with sacred energies. Protector of light and darkness (perhaps because jaguars like to hunt in the first hours of moonlight or on the sunrise), jaguars are close to being an endangered species with only 2,000 specimens in the area. So you have to be strong and courageous like a Jaguar to jump into and zipline over the cenote!

Cenote Jaguar is beautiful, full of vegetation, mangrove and with some small fishes in the water.

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Jaguar:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling / Jumping / Ziplining
  • Special for: jumping, zip-line (but no jump from the zipline into the water), mangroves and full vegetation, quiet environment, perfect for families, group of friends and adventurous persons
  • Type of Cenote: Open Cenote
  • Depth: 30 feet
  • Access: one platform with few steps
  • Facilities: none
  • Location: close to Tulum

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

  • Swimming, snorkeling in other cenote (Pet Cemetery, Tak Be Ha).
  • Visit Mayan Ruins (Tulum, Coba)
  • Snorkeling with Turtles.
  • Custom Tours (We can custom tours)

Swimming in this cenote is perfect to have fun and spend an unforgettable day with your siblings in the Riviera Maya. Contact us to organize your private cenote snorkeling tour!

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Cenote Tak-Be Ha

Cenote Tak-Be Ha

CENOTE TAK-BE HA

The hidden route of water 

Cenote Tak-Be Ha (hidden route of water in maya) is the best cenote to start to fall in love with snorkeling in caves and perhaps in a future scuba-diving in these amazing formations of limestone.

Cenotes are holes of fresh water in the jungle. There are different types of cenotes: open-cenotes, and cave-cenotes. This classification is related with the age of the cenote. The oldest ones are the ones who are completely open and the youngest one are the one who still preserve the dome of limestone. Cenote Tak-Be Ha is one of the cave ones, with a small entrance leading to a huge room, large dome with a lot of beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Tak-Be Ha:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling / Scuba-Diving (Cave diving – requires full cave certification)
  • Special for: Stalactites and stalagmites, bats, trees, birds, perfect for first experience in a cenote and non-experienced snorkelers.
  • Type of Cenote: Cave Cenote.
  • Depth: Shallow to 6 feet
  • Mandatory: Lifejacket
  • Access: one-platform with several steps
  • Facilities: bathroom.
  • Location: close to Tulum

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

Snorkeling in cenotes is a unique experience. At the same time the view of the cave is a pleasure for your eyes, and for sure you will get relaxed in that peaceful environment!

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Cenote Xkeken Samula

Cenote xkeken samula

CENOTE XKEKEN  AND SAMULA

The best cenotes around Valladolid

Cenote Xkeken and cenote Samula are two cenotes that could transport you to some movies of the 80s (Goonies or Indiana Jones), the big difference is that here you can enjoy ones of the most beautiful and not crowded cenotes of the Yucatan.

These cenotes are similar to Ik kil but less visited, that helps you to enjoy your swim and relax in the fresh water with a gorgeous view of the cave where you could find birds, bats, all in all creating a surreal sensation.

According to a legend, Xkeken Cenote was found by a pig who always returned full of mud to his home.

One time his owner followed him and found the cenote where the pig refreshed himself in these crystal waters! (X´Keken mean pig in maya). On other hand Samula is massive cenote with an entrance right on the top, you can get down through several stairs from where you can see the cenote from different views.

The two cenotes have holes in the surface, which creates special lights effect coming from them. This light plays with the colors of the water making swimming there more special.

 

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Xkeken and Samula:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling
  • Special for: Stalactites and stalagmites, bats, birds, spectacular views.
  • Type of Cenote: Cave Cenote,
  • Depth: till 20 feet
  • Mandatory: lifejacket (for non experienced swimmers)
  • Access: two different platforms / several steps
  • Facilities: bathroom/ parking/ rest zone / souvenir shop
  • Location: close to Valladolid

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

Swimming in Cenote Xkeken and Samula is a relaxing and refreshing moment, especially appreciated after visiting the mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Ek Balam.

Going to Cenote Xkeken will make you have a very special moment with your siblings and enjoy your vacations. And of course we provide you with the best guides and equipment to maximize your experience! Don’t forget to book your private tour with us!

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Cenote Dos Ojos

cenote dos ojos

CENOTE DOS OJOS

The double eye shaped cenote

Cenote Dos Ojos: two beautiful turquoise eyes are looking to the sky. These eyes actually are two cenotes (if seen them from above), they have everything to amaze anyone who is willing to explore in a magical place! Dos Ojos is one of the most famous cenotes not only to scuba dive but also to snorkel in the Mexican Riviera Maya.

The temperature of 75°F (24°C) all year long is refreshing when swimming there after visiting other places in the area of Tulum, like the mayan ruins of Tulum.

Of course cavern/cave diving is one the most challenging and technical diving and present many hazards. But the fauna and the views of the underworld are breathtaking. Also the idea that few people have been diving in these caves attracts all people around the world.

But Snorkeling in cenote Dos Ojos is also a unique experience, and even if you won’t be following the same circuit that the divers, you will spend an incredible moment at the surface and be careful you need to be aware that there could be divers below! We don’t want that you confuse them with some monsters of the mayan underworld!

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Dos Ojos:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling / Scuba-Diving (If you are a certified scuba diver, we can offer you a diving trip here as well, more info here.)
  • Special for: Stalactites and stalagmites, bats, trees, fossils, birds, perfect for adventurous persons and good swimmers.
  • Type of Cenote: Cave Cenote,
  • Depth: till 32 feet
  • Mandatory: Guide, lifejacket
  • Access: two different platforms / several steps
  • Facilities: bathroom/ parking/ rest zone / souvenir shop
  • Location: close to Tulum

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

  • Swim, snorkel in another cenote (like Nicte-HaJaguar)
  • Visit Mayan Ruins (Tulum, Coba)
  • Swimming with Turtles
  • Custom Tours (We can custom tours)

Snorkeling/ Diving in Cenote Dos Ojos is a really rocking experience. This is why it is one the most famous cenotes of the area. It ‘s a worth swimming experience but better book a private tour and arrive very early in the morning to have an excellent experience with our guides.

Don’t forget to book your private tour with us!

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Casa Cenote Snorkeling

casa cenote snorkeling

CASA CENOTE SNORKELING

A very special day

The mangroves and the ocean made Casa Cenote one of the most beautiful cenotes of the Riviera Maya. When you swim in its water, you have to pay attention to both below and above the water to enjoy all the special guests living in this wonder...

Casa Cenote is located close to Tulum and is part of the biggest underwater system called “Sac Actun” (meaning White Cave in Mayan). Actually this cenote is the final part of Sac Actun system where the cenote meets the ocean. The mix of salty water and fresh water makes a perfect environment for the mangroves. Mangroves are really important for the flora and fauna of the jungle.

If you choose to snorkel or to dive there, we assure you will see many small fishes (as they can hide in the roots of the mangroves), and if you are lucky some birds (like herons, pelicans..) and some reptiles as they all love the mangrove ecosystem.

 

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Casa Cenote:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling / Scuba-Diving (If you are a certified scuba diver, we can offer you a diving trip here as well, more info here.)
  • Special for: mangroves, small fishes, birds, perfect for watching the nature.
  • Type of Cenote: Open Cenote
  • Depth: till 20 feet
  • Mandatory: Guide, lifejacket. Mask, snorkel and fins recommended!
  • Access: Sand/Rocky platform (could be slippery sometimes)
  • Facilities: Parking
  • Location: Close to Tulum

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

Casa Cenote Snorkeling is a really relaxing and enjoyable experience. It is worth for swimming and enjoying the nature around you. Don't hesitate to book one of our private tours and our guides will be happy to bring you there!