The Kalot Jool cenote and the Nohoch Aktun grotto is an adventure to add on your way. Halfway between Cancun and Valladolid we find the interesting town of X-Can, a place of amazing cenotes and grottos.

The town of X-Can is located halfway between Cancun and Valladolid, on the free highway. X-Can is the first Yucatecan town past the border between Quintana Roo and Yucatan. Don't get confused with Nuevo X-Can, which is the border town of Quintana Roo. We are located? Well we are going to know the cenote kalot jool y nohoch aktun.


X-Can is a population of about 5200 inhabitants where tourist interest is gradually awakening. Natural reasons are not lacking to be a benchmark of tourist interest, but promotion. In this area we enjoy some of the most impressive cenotes and caves on the Peninsula, including the Kalot Jool cenote and the Nohoch Aktun grotto.

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In X-Can there is a local agency called Aventuras Mágicas, with which you can contact to do tourist activities. They accompany you to know different places in X-Can and surroundings and offer experiences in its population. You will be able to take a tricitaxi tour of the town, learn about the history of the place by visiting the highlights, and share delicious Yucatecan food with locals at home.

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All the visits you make will see that they bring you different things, and all the places are worth it.

  • CENOTE SAC-HÁ OR SASCAB: It is a small cave cenote where you find rustic cabins with services. You can also camp. Not many people go, so having a private cenote for you is something that is luxurious. It is located at the exit of the town towards Valladolid, there is a sign that indicates it.
  • CENOTE CHOJ JA ': one of the most beautiful cenotes in Yucatan, highly recommended. Of those charming places. They also have a grotto to visit and rappel. Rustic services. You locate it 8 kilometers from X-can towards Valladolid. A yellow sign on the left.
  • SANTA RITA ROUTES: one of the most impressive caves we have visited on the Peninsula. Its hundreds of painted hands make it a unique and sacred place to connect with a very interesting Mayan past. Once you pass the Chooj J'a cenote, just a few kilometers ahead, there is a discreet sign. The deviation is at the height of the Buenavista town.
  • CENOTE KALOT JOOL AND GRUTA NOHOCH AKTUN: it is the path that leads us to today's adventure.
Cenote X-Can
Cenote Choj Ja


Just 2 kilometers out of X-Can towards Valladolid you see a wooden sign indicating that there is a cenote and a grotto. You are on federal highway 180, the one known as the free highway between Cancun and Valladolid.

A small parking lot and a canvas with several photos shows you the place. There you will find the locals who run the place, pure people from the town who have ventured to create their business with the natural treasures of their town. Both attractions, Cenote Kalot Jool and Nohoch Aktun, share the same administration. Really sustainable tourism at X-Can.

When you arrive at the parking lot you are greeted with photos of the cenote kalot jool and the Nohoch Aktun Grotto so you can get an idea of ​​its beauty and you can choose what to do. Both places are worth it, now we are going to see it.

I would have liked to share better photos to favor the place, but it only went on the phone when we visited. I stayed in April to go with the camera, but the covid-19 pandemic caught us and we had to postpone the visit.


You can go by public transport from Valladolid to Chemax (ask where the collective taxis or combis leave in Valladolid). From Chemax take another shuttle to X-Can. The entrance to the cenote is 2 kilometers from X-Can, and you can go by mototaxi from the town. Allow 2 hours to get to X-Can from Valladolid, between waiting for transport and the adventure involved in traveling by public transport, where there are no precise times.

Think that all the small towns of the Peninsula arrive transportation in one way or another. This is how a large part of the local population moves. There are no schedules, when the transport is full it leaves. Better go early, after 5 pm it is more difficult to get around by public transport. Remember that in X-Can you find cabins in the Sac-Há cenote, in case you are one of those who likes to travel calmly and plan a local adventure.

Getting from Cancun to X-Can by public transport becomes more complicated. The theme would be taking a cancun combi to Leona Vicario and from here continue in combis or collective taxis to X-Can.

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Entrance signage sign


From the parking lot you must walk less than a kilometer to the entrance to the Kalot Jool cenote. A small hole in the middle of the jungle awaits you on your adventure. The path is very simple and lossless. We recommend a closed shoe to walk more safely and protect yourself.

Cenote Kalot Jool means double hole in the Mayan language: it refers to the two holes that open towards the water mirror. Cenote Kalot Jool has been the most recent to open in the area. This is a cenote for adventurers. Its 18-meter descent down a staircase gives you that little adrenaline rush, very impressive.

The ladder is secure and secure, so don't suffer. Also for your safety they hold you to a carabiner when you descend, so you can get off safely. The only thing we recommend is to go down with your hands free, closed shoes that do not tangle on the stairs and your things in a backpack on your back.

When you go down, you already enjoy this magnificent cave cenote. You will see that the 18-meter descent leaves you on a small island in the center, around which is the crystalline water. That means you can safely leave your belongings on the island and enjoy bathing in the underworld. Is very spectacular cenote Kalot Jool, one of those that makes you smile with emotion.

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Photo courtesy of the Aventuras Mágicas agency
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Topographic map of Ajau Group (thanks to his publication I learned about the cenote). We are super fans of Ajau ☺


In the Mayan language aktun means grotto and large nohoch. In the Yucatan peninsula you can enjoy many caves, each one more impressive. Just like the Kalot Jool cenote, the Nohoch Aktun It was an amazing surprise on the way. It is a very special grotto due to its spectacular and varied formations

In the grotto nohoch aktun we found remains of pottery and animal bones. The caves have been and continue to be the home of humans and animals, as well as places where ceremonies are held.

The grotto is easy and safe to access. They have made a very well designed tour inside, respecting at all times the natural environment of the place. I loved the visit to nohoch aktunI found the place very magical. You will be able to enjoy different formations that lead us to imaginary worlds.

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Nohoch Aktun Formations
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Ceramic remains inside the grotto

We hope you enjoy both the cenote and the grotto. This area captivates us a lot, there is much to see and know around here. We will return to the area and we hope to continue surprising you with beautiful places in this land that we love so much.

Cenote Kalot Jool and Grotto Nohoch Aktun, magical adventures in X-Can 1

Cenote Kalot Jool and Grotto Nohoch Aktun, cenotes

LOCATION: The Kalot Jool cenote is located at the west exit of X-Can, direction Valladolid (on Highway 180,free). A sign announcing cenote and grottos at 2 km indicates the entrance.
SCHEDULES AND SERVICES: open from 9 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. At the moment they do not have bathrooms, they are starting and they are building the services.
PRICE ENTRY: 70 mxn per person. If you make the entire tour of the caves, the cost is 100 pesos.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Public transport arrives from Valladolid to Chemax (ask where they leave in Valladolid), and from here take another transport to X-Can . The entrance to the cenote is 2 km from X-Can, and you can go by motorcycle taxi from the town.
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.

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