I dare to say that the Santuario Maya cenote is the smallest cenote you can visit in Homún. You already know the saying that good jam is in the "small jar", let's see what awaits you.

The town of Homún is a highly appreciated destination for the variety of cenotes that you can visit in the same place. Its proximity to Mérida, just 1 hour by car, places it in one of the most popular destinations to visit cenotes in Yucatán.

The good thing is that there are dozens of cenotes in Homún to visit, so there is a variety to choose from and enjoy. To know about all the cenotes in Homún, I leave you the complete guide with photos so you can plan your trip well.

Complete guide to Homún cenote with photos of each of the cenotes

Cenote Mayan Sanctuary, Homun, Yucatan


Taking Mérida as a reference, Homún is an hour's drive from the Yucatecan capital. There are several roads that take you to Homún, it is easy to get there.

I explain how to go by public transportation too so that you don't need to go by taxi or tour. Visiting Homún is actually very simple.

Cenote Mayan Sanctuary, the chan dzonot of Homún 1
Photo © Google Maps – click on the image to see how to go to Homún
  • HOW TO GO TO HOMÚN BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: from Mérida the bus leaves (medium van) from the central neighborhood (calle 52 x 65 y 67). Schedules from Mérida to Homún starting at 6 in the morning, last departure at 5:30 pm. From Homún to Mérida, the first departure is at 5:30 in the morning and the last between 5 and 6 in the afternoon. Price: 34 pesos per person. The schedules of the buses are not very exact, they leave when they are full. It is a very busy route, so it is easy for the bus to fill up quickly. The tour is approximately 1 hour. Once in Homún you can go by motorcycle taxi or other options that we give you here.
  • HOW TO GO TO THE MAYAN SANCTUARY CENOTE BY CAR: from Mérida take 59th Street to the city's outskirts, and follow the sign to Chichén Itzá. Continue on the road for almost 30 kilometers until the turnoff to Tahmek. From here follows Hocabá and then Homún. 
  • HOW TO GO TO THE CENOTE MAYAN SANCTUARY BY MOTOTAXI FROM HOMUN: prices are around 300 pesos for a tour of the cenotes by motorcycle taxi. You can see 3 to 5 cenotes depending on the time you spend. You can agree on another price to stay longer and go to more remote cenotes.
  • HOW TO GO TO THE MAYAN SANCTUARY CENOTE BY BIKE: They rent bicycles in Homún to take the tour to the cenotes. Protect yourself from the heat and sun, always wear cool clothes, a hat and water.


It is very small and beautiful. Going down steep concrete stairs is not the most special. Personally, I am not enthusiastic about cement in nature places, they break the charm. Most of them are like that, they only look for the easiest access to the body of water.

The people who manage the cenote were very friendly during our visit. They have put desire and heart into their chan cenote, and that always accompanies visits well. We were able to talk calmly and share a nice time. This was something very common in Homún, but due to the increase in tourists, it has been lost a bit.

For this reason, sometimes the less visited cenotes captivate with human charm.

Cenote Mayan Sanctuary NÚ'KÚ'UCH TZO'NO'OT


The Mayan name is how it appears on Google Maps, but you will see it advertised as a Mayan Sanctuary.

  • WHAT YOUR NAME MEAN: greatness or sanctuary, referring to a special place.
  • MAYAN SANCTUARY CENOTE CHARACTERISTICS: it is a closed cenote where you enter through a narrow staircase to the interior.
  • WHAT I LIKE MOST: the place has very nice shades of colors and lights. If you are going to be alone it is to quietly enjoy the wonderful nature of the place.
  • WHAT I LIKE LESS: I can't imagine being there with several people, it wouldn't be the same at all. The access stairs are not nice as an entrance.
Cenote Mayan Sanctuary, Homun, Yucatan


Mayan Sanctuary cenote schedule

Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

cenote services

It has parking, showers and bathrooms. It's rustic

cenote price

70 pesos per person

Cenote Mayan Sanctuary, Homun, Yucatan
Cenote Mayan Sanctuary, Homun, Yucatan
Cenote Mayan Sanctuary, Homun, Yucatan


  • BRING A VISOR: I like to go with a diving mask, and if you have a water lamp I recommend that you take it. She gives you a different perspective
  • COMFORTABLE SHOES: access to the cenote can be done with flip flops, although closed shoes are always better.
  • CASH: only pay in cash, if you have a small bill better.
  • GO THROUGH THE SHOWER / SHOWER: a good shower before entering the cenotes is essential to avoid contaminating them with chemicals from our body, such as creams, deodorants, soaps, even our sweat.
  • THE SWIMSUIT: of course the swimsuit, and also a towel or pareo to dry yourself. Do not forget a change of clothes to dry after bathing.
  • RESPECT THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT: do not hang from the roots of the trees, do not scratch the walls, do not touch the stalactites or do any other idiocy that damages the place. Pick up all your garbage, do not eat or drink in the cenotes, do not touch or remove flora or fauna. It is a federal crime, it is punishable.
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SLEEPING IN CENOTES: there are different projects of tourist paradores in some cenotes such as the Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa, where they offer restaurant service and lodging in cabins.

HOTELS IN THE VILLAGE: the hotel Santa Maria, next to the caves of the same name, is our choice when we go to Homún. Excellent value for money and good service, what more could you ask for?

GAMPLING IN HOMÚN: a different option is the one offered in Gampling Hameki, a combination between camping and hotel. A more comfortable campsite for those who do not know the concept.


I leave you to make it easier for you the map with the cenotes of Homún and all the photos. You can open the map and organize your visit to your liking.

Any information leave me a comment and I will gladly help you.

homun cenotes map
Open the Homun cenotes map

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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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