Cenote Canunchen is one of the cenotes that you can visit in Homún, a town with more than a dozen tourist cenotes to enjoy. Homún is the cenotera envy of Yucatán.

Cenote Canunchen is one of those that opened its doors in the 2016 before the growing interest of the visitor to the population of Homun. The arrival of tourists has allowed the inhabitants to open new cenotes to the public and offer more lodging and restaurant services. Homún is the cenotera envy in Yucatán.

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El Canunchen cenote We find it following 19 Street, the main one in Homún, two kilometers from the exit to the east. There are some signs indicating different cenotes on a dirt track, the cenote is indicated Bal-Mil, el Canunchen and the most recent, the Chulul.

Indications on Homun road

You can go to these cenotes on your own, or you can visit them with the guides of the Homún cenotes, who give you a choice by showing you photos and talking to you during the tour of local stories.

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The descent to Canunchen cenote It is almost as steep as it is to the Bal-Mil cenote, which is just a few meters away from each other. A wooden walkway allows you to stay comfortably inside the cenote. As in many tourist cenotes they have placed a rope for you to do the Tarzan.

The small price around 25 pesos the entrance to these Cenotes of Homún, it allows you to visit several cenotes on the same day. Cenote Canunchen It is a wonderful excuse to visit and populate the interior of Yucatan.

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Canunchen, as it happens with several cenotes of Mayan names, we see it written in different ways, like Canún Chen. This does not favor the cenote at all, the unification of the name makes it appear written always the same, something that facilitates the information and its search.

The entrance is very similar to the Bal-Mil cenote
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One of the reasons for writing the same place differently is that unfortunately we are illiterate in the Mayan language, a very abused language. Even the local Mayan population is unaware of the written regulations of their mother tongue, a language they speak perfectly but cannot write it. The literacy of a language makes it stronger, I know something about that for Catalan. And I am not speaking from the political sense, but from a linguistic culture and respect for minority languages, not minor ones.

El maya yucateco is a language abused, have managed to penetrate the thinking of some Mayans that Spanish is a better language, and they are ashamed to speak Mayan in some public spaces. My grandfather also grew up thinking that the Catalan language was worse than Spanish, luckily that thought did not fit in me anymore.

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LOCATION: Cenote Canunchen is located in Homún. Homún is 60 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 Canunchen cenote (2 kilometers from the detour).


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 CANUNCHEN: It is a closed type cenote inside a cave, with 8 meters of descent.


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