The municipality of Tizimín is the one with the most registered cenotes in all of Yucatán, as reflected in the census of the Yucatán Secretariat for Sustainable Development (SDS). In Tizimín there is a wonderful world away from tourism to discover. The Aka'ab Che'en cenote is one of the good surprises along the way.

Cenote Aka'ab Che'en is one of those places with a beautiful history of community work: just before the pandemic, the residents of Tikcancal decide to group together as a cooperative and together clean the space, enable the trail and the entrance to the cenote. The pandemic stopped their dream that some of them have resumed with the same enthusiasm with which they started.

We can assure you that they will welcome you with open arms in Tixcancal.

Cenote Aka'ab Che'en, Tixcancal


The closest tourist place is El Cuyo, the coastal town that belongs to the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. A destination for nature, beach and kite lovers. In this beautiful port we have our home: Can Cocal.

The city of Tizimín does not receive many tourists, most of them are passing travelers who go to Río Lagartos, Las Coloradas or El Cuyo. Tizimín is the nerve center of transport and passage.

  • HOW TO GO TO CENOTE TIXCANCAL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: you have it somewhat complicated because there is very little public transport that reaches Tixcancal. Despite all the towns being connected by combis, there are few that run through this area and it gets complicated. but what can be done (it would be a matter of asking in Tizimín)
  • HOW TO GO TO CENOTE TIXCANCAL BY TAXI: from Tizimín or El Cuyo you can ask for a price for this service.
  • HOW TO GO TO CENOTE TIXCANCAL BY CAR: once you arrive at Tixcancal you must continue along the road to Chan Cenote. A few meters out of town you will find the Aka'ab Che'en cenote. They are secondary roads, that means they are narrow and sometimes there are some holes. Drive carefully and slow down in towns?
Tixcancal cenote map
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Cenote Aka'ab Che'en is one of the cenotes to enjoy away from tourism. Surely little by little it will become more popular and in time the population of El Cuyo will distribute tourism to the surroundings. The cenotes are a tourist vein, it will continue to grow

  • ABOUT HIS NAME: Aka'ab Che'en means dark well.
  • CENOTE AKA'AB CHE'EN CHARACTERISTICS: As its name tells us, it is a dark cave cenotes, with a small entrance of light that penetrates through the hollow of the wooden stairs to access the cenote. The stalactites, stalagmites and formations are spectacular, the vault is a luxury.
  • WHAT WE LIKE THE MOST: The desire of the locals who have come together in a cooperative to carry out this project is moving. They receive you with that desire and affection that only they can give because of the desire they throw at it. The cenotes run by communities have this special touch of insurmountable affection. They have kept it totally natural.
  • WHAT WE LIKE LEAST: They are still growing, they still need to build a bathroom and shower. If you are going to bathe in the cenote you can take a shower with a bucket so as not to contaminate the place.
  • A LITTLE SECRET: there are some painted hands in the grotto, it indicates that the grotto was occupied in ancient times. Many caves in the Peninsula have painted hands, many near bodies of water. Most likely they were part of ceremonies.
Cenote Aka'ab Che'en, the jewel of Tixcancal 1
Do not use flash to take pictures of the paintings?


We give you practical information to visit the Ak'ab Che'en cenote in Tixcancal.


Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


35 local pesos

50 foreign pesos


The cenote has a comfortable wooden staircase to go down and it is illuminated.

  • They have life jackets.
  • They are finishing up the bathrooms and showers.
  • They have rest areas, a nursery, production of organic fertilizers, reforested areas to visit and the adopt a tree project (they explain it there). They are building a butterfly farm.


The members of the cooperative always take turns to receive the visitor. We leave you the page of Aka'ab Che'en cenote Facebook for you to contact them.

Cenote Aka'ab Che'en, the jewel of Tixcancal 2


  • WEAR A VISOR: if you go to the cenotes always wear a mask or visor to see underwater, I assure you that it gives you a different and beautiful view of the cenotes. If you have a water lamp, I recommend that you take it with you.
  • COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR: access to the cenotes is very varied: dirt roads, sometimes slippery stairs, some of you enter the water stepping on stone. Go with closed shoes that fit, if you can get wet better.
  • CASH: only pay in cash, if you have small change better. think that many people do not receive to date and sometimes you will not have change..
  • INSECT REPELLENT: if you are going to stay in the cenote, bring biodegradable repellent, use it after bathing.
  • GO THROUGH THE SHOWER / SHOWER: a good shower before entering the cenotes is essential to avoid contaminating them with chemicals from our body, such as creams, deodorants, soaps, even our sweat.
  • THE SWIMSUIT: of course to the swimsuit, and also a towel or sarong to dry you, if not as iguana in the sun. Like a change of clothes to change as you schedule the day.
  • RESPECT THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT: do not hang from the roots of the trees, do not scratch the walls, do not touch the stalactites or do any other idiocy that damages the place. Collect all your garbage, do not eat or drink in the cenotes, do not touch or subtract flora or fauna.
Cenote Aka'ab Che'en, the jewel of Tixcancal 3


Despite being the municipality with the most cenotes, there are not many that are enabled for tourism. We are sure that in the coming years more cenotes will open their waters to tourism, which is growing more and more in the area. We leave you our map of cenotes in Tizimín?

Cenote Aka'ab Che'en, the jewel of Tixcancal 4
open the map of Cenotes Tizimin for more information

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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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