The cenotes in Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya coast that runs from Cancun to Tulum, are great natural attractions of the Mexican Caribbean coast.One more reason to come to know destiny.

The Caribbean coast from Mexico most famous is known as Cancun and Riviera Maya. The cenotes of the Riviera Maya are a fundamental part of the tourist circuit, not only does sun and beach tourism come here: Nature and adventure tourism, as well as nightlife, are equally a strong claim in the area.

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Cenotes in Mexico there are thousands, the vast majority of them in the Yucatan Peninsula, where we located Riviera Maya. In this area there are many tourist cenotes that have been transformed into Fun parks with zip lines, rappelling, kayaking and other adventure activities, others are purely natural and retain their charm, and some have taken advantage of to build lodging nearby. Many other cenotes are still in the wild in the Mayan mountain, away from tourism. A range of possibilities that satisfies all travelers.

The Riviera Maya cenotes have their own characteristics, basically due to two factors: its proximity to the coast and the sea, and the tourism of Riviera Maya.

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To understand the basic characteristics of this cenote zone we must mention the gradient of the land itself. As well as the rivers of any place of the Planet that are going to end up to the coasts, the underground waters of the Peninsula, also look for their exit to the sea. The Riviera Maya area is one of the main points of freshwater mouth: The coast between Playa del Carmen and Tulum is a great river delta.

Another fundamental factor in the type of cenotes we find is the fact that it is close to the sea: the vast majority of the cenotes on the Riviera Maya coast are open type. Saltwater is part of the acceleration of limestone disintegration, which is the type of soil that forms the geology of the Peninsula. The contact of salinity with this rock along with other factors, undo the rock more easily.

This makes the caverns and galleries that connect the cenotes more spacious, and the connections longer. It is no accident that the largest flooded caves on the planet are found in Riviera Maya: Sac Actun Nature is governed by physical and chemical norms, its behavior is not random.

List of cenote names you can visit in Riviera Maya. Not all of them are published on the blog, but you can ask us about them if you can't find them in our blog search engine: Cenotes Route of Puerto Morelos, Xunaan-Há in Chemuyil, Taak Be Ha Cenote, Dos Ojos Cenote, Dream Gate, Yax Kin, Great Cenote, Calavera, Zacil Há, Carwash, Labna Há and Kantun Chi Park, Turtle, Crystalline, Blue, Garden of Eden (Ponderosa), Manatee, Crystal, Hidden, Heart, Angelita, Taj Mahal, Chac Mool, Xcacelito . Some cenotes are more suitable for swimming and others for diving. Any questions you write to us and we support you in what we know.

Think that these cenotes are only the visible entrance to an incredible world of flooded caves. What we see is something like the tip of the iceberg. What steals your heart from these wonderful cenotes are its entrails, something that can only be enjoyed diving.

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One of the key factors of the tourist cenotes of Riviera Maya is precisely its proximity to one of the best known international destinations in the world. The quantity and quality of tourists who visit Riviera Maya every year are factors that sculpt the transformation and use of the cenotes.

A consequence of tourism is that the entrance price to the cenotes in Riviera Maya is higher compared to those in the interior of the Peninsula. Supply and demand, that strange and unjust law that seems to govern the world. Notice that when we arrived at the 2007 to work in Riviera Maya, I remember that the famous Cenote Dos Ojos was in 100 pesos, and was one of the most expensive (today it costs 300 pesos). In these years, prices have risen considerably, and many more cenotes have been enabled with good access and services to receive tourism.

What do cenotes cost in Riviera Maya?

Expect to pay between 120 pesos up to 350 pesos per person. Some companies have turned many of these cenotes into parks where they offer different adventure tourism services: rappel, zip line, kayak, horseback riding, ATV circuits.

Tourist cenote services

In addition to fun offers, most have Restaurant service, some hammocks and lounge chairs, and of course all have restrooms, changing rooms and showers.

All the tourist cenotes of Riviera Maya have easy access, although the road is not paved, they are not difficult stretches. Any car takes you, 4 × 4 is not necessary in any case.

Before entering a cenote always use the shower (shower), it is proven that the creams and other body agents of our skin contaminate the water

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The coastal strip that runs along the Caribbean coast begins north of Cancun and reaches Belize. From Tulum begins what we call the Costa Maya, where there are many fewer cenotes. In fact, a few kilometers south of Tulum, the last cenotes of what we consider the Riviera Maya are grouped together.

The inclination of the Peninsula creates a natural delta in the area between Playa del Carmen and Tulum where there are many. In this article we focus on the cenotes between Cancun and Tulum, what we know as Riviera Maya.

We show you by sections, much easier to locate and choose

Riviera Maya Map

Cenotes in Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun is the gateway to Riviera Maya. here the tourism industry of this All-inclusive holiday phenomenon, with great hotels within everyone's reach.

En Cancun there are no cenotes due to the inclination. You must go to 35 kilometers to Puerto Morelos to see cenotes, or to the interior of the Peninsula, at a distance of about 100 kilometers you find.

We recommend one by one the best Cancun cenotes

Cenotes visit Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya Cenotes in Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is a town with a beautiful beach that lies between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, with the most integrated environment between tourists and locals in Riviera Maya.

From the southern entrance of this coastal town of Puerto Morelos you find a Cenotes Route with dozens of possibilities to choose from. The vast majority are cenotes dedicated to entertainment, and offer zip lines, rappelling, kayaking and tourist services that make them attractive. In this area there are cave cenotes and others open, we describe them one by one so you can choose better. Write down the names. to look for them in the blog or read about the link that we leave below: Lucero Verde, Mojarras, Kin-Há. 7 Bocas, Boca del Puma, Popol Vuh, La Noria, Zapote and Chilam Balam.

Information of the cenotes of the Route of the Cenotes from Puerto Morelos to leona Vicario

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Kin-Há Cenote, Puerto Morelos

Cenotes in Playa del Carmen and Tulum

Playa del Carmen is the town, next to Tulum, preferred by the European tourist, and part of national and Latin American tourism. Americans and Canadians are more from the Cancun area.

Between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, there is the large thickness of cenotes, this area is like the river delta where many of them flow. To the south of Tulum we see the last cenotes of the Riviera Maya. We find the best known as Dos Ojos, Gran Cenote, Manati, Crystalline or Blue Cenote are some of the most visited.

The Cenotes near Playa del Carmen and Tulum you can't miss

Cenotes Playa del Carmen and Tulum

Cenotes Coba, very close to Riviera Maya

Cobá is 45 kilometers from Tulum, the fantastic archaeological zone of Cobá is the most attractive place. insurance you will love knowing the cenotes of Coba, is a place that I always encourage to know on your own.

Cobá cenotes are all cave, and that already makes them somewhat different from most cenotes in Riviera Maya.

Information of the Coba cenotes, we describe them all and tell you the prices, location and how to get there

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There are four basic ways to reach the cenotes: by private car, taxi, public transport or tour.

What cenotes of Riviera Maya can you easily reach by public transport

There are some cenotes near the main roads of the Riviera Maya, through which public transport easily circulates. These are the easiest to reach and most economical cenotes to visit on your own. I leave the names for you to search for the information in the blog search engine: write down the names of Crystalline and Blue Cenote, next to each other, Cenote Cristal, Great Cenote and Carwash. Also to the adventure parks with cenotes LabnaHá and KantunChi you can reach by public transport.

Until cenote Dos Ojos, one of the most visited in Riviera Maya, you can combine public transport with taxi service. There are 4 kilometers from the entrance at the foot of the road where you leave the transport to the cenote, you can walk a little less than an hour to get there, but it is very hot in the summer months. That's why I recommend you make the journey in the taxis that are parked at the entrance.

In the area of ​​Puerto Morelos to go by public transport you must choose the few that are nearby where the bus passes. Search for the names in the search engine of the blog and we explain how to get to them: Lucero Verde and Boca del Puma are the closest to the road.

If you want the phone number of a trusted Riviera Maya and Cancun taxi driver, contact me to give it to you at Many like this way of getting around the area and visiting cenotes

We live here from the 2007, hopefully our experience serves as premises for your trip, we are in love with the cenotes.

Dive cenotes of Riviera Maya

One of the best experiences in my life has been diving cenotes, is a freak. In the dive centers they recommend cenotes, and I tell you: it doesn't matter who you go, because when you go out diving you always think it's the best cenote you ever saw. Extraordinary.

For diving we recommend the friends of Dive Center Beach, are located in Playa del Carmen.

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Speleobuceo is a rising activity in the area, under our feet we have important archaeological and natural remains that are helping to create the map of History. We hope to know how to preserve this wonderful world that we have under our feet, these fresh waters of the cenotes are fundamental for the ecosystem.

WHAT TO BRING TO TOURIST CENOTES? Swimsuit and towel or pareo to dry after bath. A change of clothes to change, hat, insect repellent (use it after bathing if you stay in the area and there are insects). Do not forget the mask or visor (in many cenotes they rent, but that way you save it). You can access most of the tourist cenotes with flip flops, the closed shoe always gives you greater protection, it is my choice almost always. Booties or water shoes are not necessary to access the cenotes. Bring water, the heat squeezes a lot and you need constant hydration.

THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTER: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes do not use body creams, or protectors, or repellents before entering them. Go through the shower before entering the cenote. Do not hang on the roots of the trees, or touch the stalactites, or do any other idiocy that damages the place. If we learn to appreciate the natural environment we will better treat it.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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