In a town like Homún with such a wide range of cenotes, the Chelpak cenote is one that goes unnoticed by many visitors. Its difficult access puts natural barriers to this preciousness.

For a cenote to be called tourist, it must be conditioned so that the visitor has easy access to the water and minimum conditions. There are thousands of cenotes, we speak of hundreds of tourists. In Homun, population located right in the so-called cenotes ring, we can visit more than a dozen tourist cenotes.

What to see in this Cenotes route of Homún: complete information of all the homún cenotes, prices and photos to choose from.

Within this wide offer, the Chelpak cenote goes unnoticed. Nobody had told me about this cenote, so when I saw the little sign, my curiosity got to me and I looked out.

Cenote Chelpak, the little boy of Homun 1


Cenote Chelpak It is on the same dirt road where we find the Bal-Mil cenote, the Canunchen and the Chulul, opened more recently. Chelpak It is not a cenote that Homún guides usually offer, it is not even announced at the entrance.


Its access is by narrow wooden stairs of about 8 meters that lead you to the crystal clear water mirror.

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Entrance to the Chelpak cenote


Surely you will be alone if you visit it, because as we have said, it is outside the usual circuit of Cenotes of Homún. A small sign indicates a detour along a narrow dirt road, the cenote is about 400 meters from the detour.

CENOTE CHELPAK PRICE: The first time we visited, nobody charged and there was hardly room to park a couple of cars, not much more. Currently it already has a cost, they charge 5o pesos

CENOTE CHELPAK TIMETABLE: open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

400 meters of narrow dirt road to the Chelpak

It is always good to find a small corner on your way and make it a little yours thanks to the solitude that these places offer. As there was no watchman, he cannot have information about the cenote, but it gives me that it is possible to dive.

Normally the great magic of the cenotes remains for the diver, it is simply fantastic to dive cenotes.

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Cenote Chelpak, cenotes

LOCATION :: Chelpak Cenote it is located in Homun. Homun 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 up to 2 kilometers from the eastern exit of the town, where a dirt road on the left leads you to different cenotes such as Bal-Mil, Canunchen or Chulul. The Chelpak is not indicated, but it is on the same dirt track.
HOW TO GET THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT? To Homún 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: open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking and bathrooms.
PRICE: 50 pesos per person with vest.
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.

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