Some of the cenotes we visited are in the courtyards of private homes. This great gruyere cheese from the Yucatan Peninsula has a thousand places to offer, the Chihuan cenote is one of them.

By free from Valladolid to Mérida we found several cenotes that tempt us with its crystal clear waters along the way. The warm Peninsula supplies us with fresh waters where to take a dip. Pure life, I assure you 🙂

Los 8 Cenotes near Merida that I would not lose 😉

Cenote Chihuan

Each cenote is a different world, a new surprise on the way. The Chihuan cenote It is in a private house. The family has enabled the cenote for the visitor: this usually means that he has placed cement or wooden access stairs and has electrified it to illuminate it. The underground waters of the Peninsula are federal, they can not be privatized, but you pay access to them, to the cenotes that are on private or managed lands.

Entrance through the house to the cenote
Entrance through the house to the cenote

In this case the Chihuan cenote It enters us through a closed cavity from the courtyard of the home to its crystalline, sweet and fresh waters. A closed but comfortable space for swimming, with some bat and fish catfish, inhabitants of the place. It was also used for ceremonies by the ancient Mayans and as a refuge in some periods, many stories are those collected by the Chihuan.


There are some ropes so you can hold yourself and feel more comfortable if you need to. There are many people who can not swim, and most cenotes are enabled for them. The divers they have another cavity to explore in ChihuanI'm sure you will not be disappointed.

On the road there are several places to eat chicken, if you want a chicken of exquisite flavor, make a stop on your route for free.

Chihuan Cenote, cool off for free 1

Cenote Chihuan, cenotes

LOCATION: the cenote Chihuan is located in the population of Holcá, between Chcihén itzá and Kantunil, by the free highway (the federal 180).
SCHEDULES AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. There are toilets and changing tables. They rent vests.
PRICE ENTRY: 40 pesos
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? The Chihuan cenote is just 200 meters from the free highway, the federal 180. Any combi, collective or bus that makes this route you can take. From Valladolid, Piste (where we locate Chichén Itzá) or Mérida is easy to reach.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen (use it after bathing), closed and comfortable shoes to protect yourself from insect bites, some water always goes well swimsuit and a towel or sarong to dry off after bathing. It is a good option to carry 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: the Chihuan cenote ranges between 6 and 14 meters deep, with a diameter of 120 meters. You can dive and swim.

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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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