Within the wide variety of cenotes in Riviera Maya, I dare say that Alamos cenote stands out with its own light within this vast panorama. If you like alternative paths, you have come to the right place.

Every year new cenotes open in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan area. These natural spaces are a business, something that has caused a trend to enable cenotes for the visitor's enjoyment. Right now in Riviera Maya there are hundreds of options to visit a cenote.

Cenote Alamos the safest thing is that you will not find it in any tourist catalog, nor do they offer it to you on a tour. It is one of those cenotes that Riviera Maya preserves silently. Only people come here who like to go a little more, who seek alternative paths.

alamos island cenote


The tourist Riviera Maya turns almost all of its natural spaces into tourist places, designed for the visitor's enjoyment. That makes the offer very wide, because at every step you find a beautiful place on this coast of the Mexican Caribbean.

The offer of cenotes encompasses many concepts: there are cenotes that have been converted into recreational parks with zip lines, horseback riding, ATV rides, kayaking, others that are ideal for that happy Instagram photo, others that remain more natural, some ideal for families with children, others to dive, others rent them privately. There are many types of them, so it is best to know what type of place you are looking for.

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Riviera Maya is the destination in Mexico that receives the most tourism. After the CDMX airport, the Cancun airport is the one that welcomes the most visitors. Faced with such a touristy area, you think you have practically seen everything, but there is always a new corner to surprise you in the Riviera Maya.

Cenote Álamos was our last happy discovery in cenotes in Riviera Maya. Happy because I have not stopped surprising myself with the corners of this land since we arrived in 2007. Cenote Álamos was a chance encounter, as we were looking for the Mariposa cenote. We love good surprises, I hope you like it too.

The poplar tree is an indicator of water, it is one of the trees that indicate that there is a cenote. Its strong roots are planted firmly in deep-sea land. The roots of the Alamo are capable of piercing the limestone rock to seek water, creating truly wonderful natural landscapes on this land.

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It is known as Álamos Island because the water borders the contour of the place. The center is a platform of land, like an island surrounded by water.

Cenote Álamos is one of the few cenotes in Riviera Maya that preserves its natural charm without modifying it. It is a cenote that does not offer services such as a restaurant, changing rooms or even bathrooms. Cenote Álamos is really a natural space in the middle of the Quintana Roo jungle. You are sure to enjoy a place like this in the touristy Riviera Maya.

This means that in times of mosquitoes they will eat you alive, so go prepared for nature. You can take copal to light it and scare off mosquitoes. Administrators, if they have a reservation of clients, the day before or early in the morning fumigate the place naturally.

The mosquito season is similar to the rainy season, it goes from May to October. There are days that there are few, there are days that there are a shit 😉

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Cenote Álamos is located in the vicinity of Tulum, on the road that goes from Tulum to Cobá. On this road there are several good cenotes, as in the Cobá area. Cenote Álamos is one of the least known, there are no indications on the road. So we are going to indicate you with affection so that you can find it more easily.


We consider the bus and taxis as the only means of public transportation to get to cenote Álamos.

  • BY BUS: it is difficult to get there by bus, I'll explain: the stretch of road between Tulum-Cobá there are buses, but somehow they push tourists to move around this area by taxi. There is not much bus service, and those that exist are occupied by locals. And then there is the distance from the main road to the Álamos cenote, which is about 3 and a half kilometers. If you are going to walk, bring a lot of water and protect yourself from the sun, you may have problems with sunstroke and dehydration. The heat here is very intense from April to September, and strong the rest of the year.
  • BY TAXI: if you are in Tulum you can ask the price to get to the Álamos cenote, and agree on the price so that they wait for you and return to Tulum. From Tulum you can move to the other destinations in Riviera Maya without problem.
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Entrance to get your bearings from the road


  • CENOTE ISLA ÁLAMOS PRICE: the price per person is 100 pesos.
  • CENOTE ISLA ÁLAMOS HOURS: from 9 to 5 in the afternoon daily.
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Cenote Alamos It does not offer bathing and showering services, so we recommend that you not use creams, deodorants or other liquids or creams that could contaminate the cenote. Hopefully we take care of these places, in us is how to enjoy nature.

If you still want adventure, you can stay camping in the place. There are no bathrooms, but there is a wooden cabin that serves to protect you from the weather, whether from wind, rain or sun. In this area there are several cenotes, so you can take the exit as a mini cenote adventure. You can take advantage of the facilities and restaurant of the Canamayte cenote, which is a neighbor of the Álamos cenote.

In fact, the Canamayte cenote (Mariposa cenote / Chen Ha cenote) and the Álamos island cenote share an entrance from the road, along the dirt road you will see a rope, here they receive you and charge you the entrance.

For us a trip to Riviera Maya without visiting cenotes is a lame trip. These natural wonders are to be enjoyed, as long as we know how to treat them. Follow the law of the good cenotero to conserve and preserve the cenotes, source of life and water.

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A cenote in Tulum to feel like an explorer: cenote Álamos 1

Cenote Isla Álamos, cenotes

LOCATION: Álamos cenotes you find it 10 kilometers from Tulum towards Cobá.
CENOTE ÁLAMOS SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 9 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. Bo has services.
HOW TO GET TO CENOTE ÁLAMOS BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT?  From Tulum you can take any bus or bus that goes towards Cobá, although there are not many. You will have to walk about 2 kilometers to the cenote. We recommend you go by taxi to this cenote.
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.
CHARACTERISTICS CENOTE ISLA ÁLAMOS the Álamos cenote is like an island surrounded by crystal clear water. She is on her way to being a rejollada, I don't know how many millions of years she has left for that 😉

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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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