The vast majority of cenotes of this beautiful peninsula are kept by the jungle as protected assets. The beautiful Hamtun cenote is a treasure that keeps the jungle a few meters from the road.

The jungle occupies a large percentage of the territory in the Yucatan Peninsula. most of cenotes They are protected in the bowels of the jungle. Those closest to towns and roads have an access road, although the cenote is sometimes not indicated. Only the so-called tourist cenotes they are indicated on the road; These cenotes are considered suitable for the visitor, with access and minimum services. Hidden in the jungle are thousands of cenotes that we can not imagine, like the Cenote Hamtun.


Cenote Hamtun

There are many cenotes close to the towns or close to the road that only locals know. This happens to the Cenote Hamtun, which, having no indication, is known by the locals and few others. For this reason I ask the locals if there is a cenote, you usually get a good surprise on your way.


Al Cenote Hamtun I arrived thanks to Damián, owner of the Kichich Ka'ax ecotourism center, Beautiful forest. I was staying in their cabins, a place I totally recommend, and accompanied me to the Hamtun. Damian is a good connoisseur of the surroundings, also takes you to meet artisans from the area and talks about medicinal plants. You will be surprised with him.

He warned me that he would not find it easy, and he is. The Highway from Chunhuhub to Felipe Carrillo Puerto it passes through small towns where the name of the place is not read. The Cenote Hamtun It is just a few meters from one of these towns, after the signal of the detour to X-Pijil, by one of the many dirt roads that you see getting lost in the jungle. The steep dirt road goes under the shade of the trees where, at just 200 meters, there is a small space for three cars. You've arrived at this beautiful corner hidden from the traveler's view, welcome to Cenote Hamtun.


Access to the cenote is made by a well-attached but rustic wooden staircase, many prefer not to bathe. The Cenote Hamtun It is deep and without an easy entrance for those who fear water, this makes it not very popular with locals. It does not have basic services or a care followed, which means that we find garbage in the surroundings of the cenote. Lack of education, it is normal to see how the garbage is thrown to the ground after eating and drinking in these beautiful natural spaces. Little by little we must improve among all, and always set an example by collecting garbage. The cenotes live in very delicate waters that we must not contaminate.


Many thanks to Damien for teaching me the hidden treasures of his land. See you soon for your cabins Kíichpam Ka'ax, Beautiful forest. For me it was a lovely gift Cenote Hamtun, Thank you.

Cenote Hamtun, cenotes

LOCATION: Cenote Hamtun is located on the 184 road that connects Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Chunhuhub, between Batania and Xiatil. To find it I explain to you the only way I know, because it is complicated: address Carrillo Puerto, once you pass the detour signal to X-pijil, take the first dirt road you see on your left.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: It is not a cenote that cares for anyone in particular, access is free. I do not advise you to go outside the daylight hours. There are no services, take care of the environment, pick up your garbage.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? There is public transport that passes by the entrance to the cenote, you can take it from Felipe Carrillo Puerto (35 minutes) and Chunhuhub (20 minutes). It is possible that the driver does not know the cenote and it is more complicated to guess the entrance.
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 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: Cenote Hamtun is open with a diameter of about 20 meters. They could not tell me the characteristics.

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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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