The state of Yucatán treasures some of the most beautiful cenotes in these Mayan lands. The Kankirixche cenote It is one of the most beautiful in the Abalá and Mucuyché area.

Years ago it was difficult to get to cenote Kankirixche Because of the bad or non-existent signage, although it was worth it, it was very easy to get lost. Today this area is better signposted and it is easier to go out to town and sink in this area between Abala and Mucuyché.

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How to go to the Kankirixche cenote

On the road that runs through the town of Abalá to Mucuyché, just where the large electricity poles are, there is a dirt road on the left that leads you to this magnificent cenote.

If you arrive at the entrance of the town of Mucuyché and you did not find it, go back on the same road and look at the blue sign that says «Ruta de los Cenotes», you must take that dirt road.

This dirt road is 3 kilometers to the entrance to the cenote. The detour to the Kankirixché cenote is perfectly indicated, you can't miss it.

Cenote Kankirixché price and services

The Kankirixché cenote is managed by the ejidatarios as a cooperative.

  • CENOTE KANKIRIXCHÉ PRICE: 50 pesos per person, with vest.
  • CENOTE KANKIRIXCHÉ SERVICES: they have restaurant service under a simple and comfortable palapa, only on weekends in low season. There are toilets and showers. Always take a shower before entering the cenotes, although the administrators do not force you, do it. It is the way not to contaminate the waters with the creams and chemicals that we use in our body.
CAUTION WITH INSECTS: in many cenotes you can find horseflies and wasps looking for water to drink. What wasps do is get close to your wet skin to drink. Try not to make sudden movements, if they feel threatened when they bite. When leaving the cenote wet, dry yourself well to protect yourself from these insects.
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Characteristics of the Kankirixche cenote

The Kankirixche cenote, Meaning yellow tree fruit in Yucatec Maya, it is semi-open. Until its crystalline waters you descend by a staircase about 15 meters to a generous cavity in width. You will find yourself tangled between stalactites, stalagmites and thirsty roots as you swim in these invigorating waters.

The Kankirixche cenote in this area of ​​cenotes near Mérida, as well as Noh Mozon, Chiuan, Ut sil and many other underwater wonders is one of the most dived cenotes in Yucatan. For those who like the adventure of diving, I highly recommend the cenotes of Mérida, they are an enjoyment.

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When to go to the Kankirixch cenoteé

Best time to visit cenote kankirixché and see the play of lights, it is with the sun at its zenith, which varies according to the time of year between 11 am and 14 pm. For divers it will meet your expectations in those special worlds that are only enjoyed diving.


Near the area is the Hacienda Mucuyché, much advertised since you left Mérida. In this place run by the architect Quintana of the Xcaret Group, they have enabled two cenotes to join them by a river. Very in his style of modifying nature, each one his tastes.

If you like the more natural cenotes, there are several in the Abalá area, such as the Yaal Utzil and Chihuo Hol cenotes. There is much to see in this area, here the more adventurous will enjoy the area.

Cenote Kankirixche, pure beauty between Abalá and Mucuyché 1

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LOCATION:  Kankirixche are in the area of ​​the town of Mucuyché. From Mérida take highway 261 towards Muna. You must take the detour to Abalá. From here you must go to Mukuyché.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. There are bathrooms, showers and a restaurant. The restaurant offers meals only on weekends. They sell water and soft drinks.
PRICE ENTRY: The entrance costs 50 pesos per person. They give a life jacket.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? There is transportation to Abalá from Mérida. Among small municipalities there are always mototaxi to move.
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 The 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.
WHAT ELSE IN THE AREA? Near Mucuyché are the Yaal Utzil and Chihuo Hol cenotes.

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