Within the wide range of cenotes offered by Homún, the Bal-Mil cenote is one of those that conserves the most stories because it is a sacred place where rites and offerings were practiced. Let's go down to the Mayan underworld.

As is known, the Mayan used and continues to use the peninsula's caves, grottos, caves and cenotes, to make offerings and ceremonies. Cenote Bal-Mil treasures evidence of ceremonies practiced in the Mayan underworld, one of the three planes that the Mayan divides the world: underground, earthly and celestial plane.

Some of the evidence found is cataloged in museums and others remain in their places of origin, something that gives a plus of more to places like the Bal-Mil cenote.

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Do you find the three painted hands?

Ancestral rituals in Cenote Bal-Mil

In the Bal-Mil cenote we can see evidence of ancient Mayan rituals, Painted hands await you in the underworld. We can see this type of painted hands from the ancient Maya in other places such as the impressive caves of Santa Rita or the caves of Loltún, and in various settlements such as Tulum to list one of the many examples of this type of expression.

Observation is still the great learning method of the Mayan people, so go through its places observing well so as not to miss these wonderful details.

Hands painted in the Temple of the Paintings of Tulum

Due to these evidences and others that are found inside the cenote, it is not allowed to dive without permission. Some cenotes that are investigated by the INAH, they are left sealed to the diver to prevent theft.

I am sure that a day will come when the doors of this Peninsula will open to a Underwater archeology responsible and tourist, where we can dive in cenotes between ancient human and animal remains, underground natural museums through the innarrable magic that supposes dive cenotes.


How to get to the cenote Bal-Mil

The guides that offer to take you in their mototaxis to the different Cenotes of Homún they usually explain about the Bal-Mil ceremonies. The Bal-Mil cenote is one of the most visited, it is located 2 kilometers from the east exit of Homún: a dirt road, where several cenotes are indicatedIt takes you a few kilometers inland towards the Bal-Mil cenote, the Canunchen, the Chulul and the less visited Chelpak. Good cenote surprises give us this way.

Complete guide to Cenotes de Homún

Directions to the cenotes from Homún main road


El Cenote Bal-Mil It has a steep entrance of about 10 meters that descends to a wide and comfortable cavity where you can enjoy this special space. The suggestive crystal clear water surrounds the central island, a bath is forced in the cenotes, feel great!

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Cenote Bal-Mil is a cool place, one more getaway on your route through Homun, where you find more than a dozen cenotes. For those who like to visit cenotes without too many people, I recommend going to Homún outside of vacation periods and weekends.

Its natural treasures and good tourist performance are attracting many visitors, and better services are developed in Homún: from lodgings to restaurants, two of the vital for the traveler.

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LOCATION: Cenote Bal-Mil It is located in Homún. Homún is at 50 km east of Mérida. If you go from Mérida take the 59 street to the peripheral of the city, follow the sign for the road to Chichén Itzá, after 5 km there is a detour to Acanceh. Arrives at the village of Acanceh, then crosses Cuzamá and 5 km is Homún. Entering from Mérida, you must continue until 2 kilometers from the east exit of the town, where a dirt road on the left leads you to the Bal-Mil cenote (at 1,500 meters from the detour of the road).
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? You can go in trucks (buses) second class or collective (vans) that cross the 180 highway leaving Mérida, Valladolid or Piste. Bus leaves from the Northeastern terminal of Mérida, 67 x 52 and 50; 7: 45, 9: 15, 10: 45, 12: 30 and 14: 30 schedules; It costs 23 pesos. Another option is to go by bus, leave when they are filled in front of the same terminal, on 67 street and charge 25 pesos. They take between 1 hour and a little more the big bus. From Piste or Valladolid also arrive collectives.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 10 to 17 daily. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE:: 25 mxn (Mexican pesos).
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothes, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen (use it after bathing), closed and comfortable shoes to protect you from insect bites, some water always goes well. The swimsuit and a towel or pareo to dry after the bath. It is a good option to wear a diving mask to better appreciate the place.
THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTERO: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes, do not use body creams, or protectors, or repellents before entering them. Do not hang from the roots of the trees or touch the stalactites or do any other idiocy that damages the place.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CENOTE BAL-MIL: «It is a closed type cenote inside a cave, with 13 meters of free fall. To access the interior, it has a metal staircase and a platform that gives comfort to the visitor. The color of the water is blue and it is 16 meters long by 29 meters wide and a maximum depth of 8 meters. On one of its walls located to the north, you can see with the help of a lamp some Mayan hands captured in negative, which speaks of the ancient occupation of this place.

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