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Cenote Xcanche

Cenote Xcanche: Swim Into Jungle's Oasis!​

Cenote Xcanche, located in the archeologic area of the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam, is the perfect place to cool off after an exciting climb of the Mayan pyramids and temples and a captivating exploration of the ruins.

Located just 2 km/1 mile from the ruins, this cenote offers a refreshing experience like no other.

An outdoor cenote – natural sink hole

As you approach Cenote Xcanche, you will be captivated by its grandeur and open-air setting. With a depth of about 30 meters or 90 feet, this cenote invites you to swim in its crystal clear waters.
To access this aquatic paradise, you will take one of the 2 small (and steep!) wooden stairs which add to the charm of the place.

The Cenote Xcanche is perfect for swimming, but no need to snorkel. There isn’t much except for a few catfish visible from the surface… the real treasure lies in the lush jungle that envelops the cenote. The air is alive with the flutter of little birds, creating a symphony of nature’s melodies. In the cave section, you may even spot bats and nests that house the vibrant bird community.

Cenote Xcanche has it all for adventurers!

Plus, Cenote Xcanche offers an extra dose of excitement with its thrilling amenities. Jumping into the water from the platform, swinging jumps, ziplining or even rapelling are all options available to you (additional fees apply for Swing jump, ziplining and rappel).

As far as logistics go, reaching Cenote Xcanche is a breeze. You can either drive straight to the cenote or take a more adventurous approach by renting a bike and embarking on a one-kilometre ride. The bike path is incredibly nice, providing flat terrain for a smooth and enjoyable ride. Adding this cenote tour to your day of ruin exploration adventures is truly a great choice.

Practical info:

It should be noted that Cenote Xcanche is committed to sustainable practices. As a result, showers are mandatory before entering the water, and the use of sunscreen and mosquito repellent, even though they are biodegradable, is not permitted. Toilets and changing rooms are available.

Cenote Xcanche, with its idyllic setting, invigorating waters and exciting activities, promises an unforgettable experience. So don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in this natural wonderland and create unforgettable memories.


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