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 Maya used and continues to use the cavities of the Peninsula, caves, caves and cenotes, to make offerings and ceremonies. The Bal-Mil cenote treasures evidence of ceremonies that are practiced in the Mayan underworld, one of the three planes that the Maya 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 the Bal Mil cenote

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 ancient Mayan painted hands in other places such as the impressive Santa Rita caves or the Loltún caves, and in various settlements such as Tulum to list one of the many examples of this type of expression.

Observation continues to be the great learning method of the Mayan people, so visit their places observing well so as not to miss these wonderful details.

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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 touristic, where we can dive in cenotes among ancient human and animal remains, underground natural museums through the innarrative magic that it supposes dive cenotes.

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How to get to the cenote Bal-Mil

The guides who offer to take you in their motorcycle taxis to the different cenotes of Homún 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 indicated, leads 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 path.

Complete guide to Cenotes de Homún

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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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The Bal-Mil cenote is a cool place, one more getaway on your route through Homun, where you find more than a dozen cenotes. To those of you who like to visit cenotes without too many people, I recommend going to Homún outside of holiday 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 50 km east of Mérida. If you go from Mérida, take 59th 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. It reaches the town of Acanceh, then crosses Cuzamá and is 5 km away from 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 (1,500 meters from the road deviation).
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? You can go in trucks (buses) second class or collective (vans) that travel along Highway 180 leaving Mérida, Valladolid or Piste. Bus leaves from the Northeast terminal of Mérida, street 67 x 52 and 50; hours 7:45, 9:15, 10:45, 12:30 and 14:30; it costs 23 pesos. Another option is to go by bus, they leave when they fill up in front of the same terminal, on Calle 67 and charge 25 pesos. The big bus takes between 1 hour and a little longer. Buses also arrive from Piste or Valladolid.
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 clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen (use it after bathing), closed and comfortable shoes to protect you from insect bites, some water is always good. Swimsuit and a towel or sarong to dry off after bathing. 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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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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