Many of the beautiful cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula have been enabled for tourism and are the source of income for the Mayan communities that run them. In the town of San Juan de Dios we find the Muul'ichi Ts'on'ot cenote and the Xamán cave.

Near the archaeological zone of Cobá, we find several cenotes to visit. The nearby town of San Juan de Dios, with less than 400 inhabitants, has a couple of magnificent cenotes, enabled to enjoy the magic of these places.

As with many cenotes run by small communities, they are not usually well known because they are little publicized. There is no internet signal to San Juan de Dios, its promotional resources are scarce, but the care and development of the place is admirable. If you approach here you will not regret it.

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Cenote Mul'ichi Ts'on'ot, San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo.

Xanán Cave from San Juan de Dios, Cobá

One of the two cenotes of San Juan de Dios that you can visit is called the Xamán Cave, a magnificent cenote in the shape of a cave: Here they carry out Mayan ceremonies where you can enjoy the magic of the place led by the jmeen (shaman) of the town of San Juan de Dios. In this natural sanctuary they also perform Mayan weddings. The sheltered shape of the cenote could not be more beautiful.

Muul ich Ts'on'ot and Xamán, Cobá cenotes in San Juan de Dios 1

Muul'ichi Cenote in San Juan de Dios, cenote de Cobá

The other cenote, the Muul'ichi Ts'on'ot,  It is semi-open, with a small opening through which a staircase leads down to the bowels of this karstic land. The low entrance of light and visitors makes them live here precious Toh bird or watch bird), always close to water wells, and bats, mythical settlers of these Mayan lands.

Inside the cenotes we will be surprised by a large vault with a large diameter of crystalline water. In the center there is a wooden platform, where the roots of the trees thirst.

Muul ich Ts'on'ot and Xamán, Cobá cenotes in San Juan de Dios 2

This area has several trails that you can cross. It is a good place to birch and walk. I got to know the cenotes thanks to the 4 Pajareada Regional de Clubs de la Peninsula, organized by the group of Green Jay Mayan Birding. Ornithology brings you closer to nature and gives you a lot of information about the terrain, another vice to connect with the environment.

Muul ich Ts'on'ot and Xamán, Cobá cenotes in San Juan de Dios 3
Photo of Marian Davies

The area still has some surprises: if you ask the managers of the cenotes, they can surprise you by guiding you to some nearby Mayan ruins. I tell you that this place is to surprise and enjoy.

We are glad to leave the most habitual routes, in it we find an intimate pleasure. Hopefully it will serve your experience and enjoy as we do these wonders.

Muul ich Ts'on'ot and Xamán, Cobá cenotes in San Juan de Dios 4

Cenotes Mul'ichi Ts'on'ot and Xamán, cenotes

LOCATION: the cenotes Mul'ichi Ts'on'ot and Xamán are located in San Juan de Dios, near the town of Cobá.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. There are services at the entrance of bathrooms and showers (showers in Mexican).
PRICE ENTRY: 60 pesos
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Public transportation to these cenotes is not very frequent. To the town of Cobá Collective transport arrives from Tulum and Valladolid. ADO It has a bus that arrives from Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Even cenotes can be reached by taxi.
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. 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.

Good way,

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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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