Among the many attractions of the Yucatan Peninsula we highlight the cenotes as one of the natural wonders of this land. The X-Batún cenote is one of the jewels that we find in Yucatán.

To the south of Mérida we locate some of the most beautiful cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula. To get to the cenotes of San Antonio de Mulix, the X Batún cenote and the Dzombakal cenote, you must go along the Mérida-Muna road until the turnoff to San Antonio de Mulix. The road takes you through the former Hacienda Cacao and the former Hacienda San Antonio de Mulix, one of the many dilapidated Haciendas that you can see in Yucatan.

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Cenote X-Batún, Yucatán

How to get to the cenotes of San Antonio de Mulix

Once we pass the town of Yaxcopoil where we can visit the beautiful Hacienda Yaxcopoil, We must be attentive to the detour that we will see announced with a sign on the 261 road, which connects Mérida with Muna. Once you have taken the detour there are about 15 kilometers that pass through the Ex Hacienda de Cacao until you reach San Antonio Mulix. Here we find the collection booth.

From the collection booth we have the option to continue by car, walk or rent a bike and pedal the few 2 kilometers.

A dirt road leads you to the Dzombakal cenote and the X-Batún cenote, the latter much better known for having shot the soap opera Abyss of Passion. Among them there are 800 meters away. The roads that follow lead to a series of more inland gouges. If you are a bike, here you have a good opportunity to stretch your legs for a while.

The Xuux Eek family cooperative, located a few meters from the entrance where payment is made to the cenotes, offers bicycle rental. They administer the Ecotourism Parador that offers lodging services in cabins and restaurants. They also have camping area, rental of snorkeling equipment and bikes.

Good restaurant at the Xuux Ek hostel

  • Rent of bicycles to 50 pesos
  • Rent of ATV to 200 pesos per hour
  • Rent vest to 50 pesos
  • Snorkel mask rental 35 pesos
Cenote X Batún yucatan
The rules to follow are indicated
Detour on the way to the two cenotes
Bathrooms and showers in the cenotes X-Batún and Dzombakal

Cenote X-Batún, soap opera Abyss of Passion

The most striking of the two cenotes is the X-Batún. If you talk with the locals, they will proudly explain that part of the telenovela was filmed here Abyss of Passion. In Yucatan, as in all of Mexico, the telenovela is daily bread. Bad menu for the soul.

X-Batún is a very visited cenote, if you want to be alone go first thing in the morning. As an anecdote I tell you that the administration made me pay I don't know how many pesos for the use of the tripod (the tripod of photography). I tried to explain, I think with a very good education and attitude, that it was not a paid session that took as a scenario the cenote where I understand a payment for use of space, but to take a photo of a public place, and that also good photos can go Well to the place itself. They told me that I paid the pesos for entering my tripie or I was leaving, because they were very famous and they didn't need anything. The human walls bore me, so I entered with my tripie saying that I did not use it, as of course I did, while the administrator chased me restlessly. I take this pathetic image engraved in my memory of the cenote administrators.

CHARACTERISTICS OF CENOTE X-BATÚN: open type cenote. It measures 5 meters long by 25 meters wide and a maximum depth of 20 meters. It is suitable for swimming and diving in caves as it has a large underwater cavern.

Entrance to the cenote X-Batún
Cenote X Batún yucatan
Cenote X-Batún, Yucatán
Cenote X Batún yucatan

Cenote Dzombakal, the companion

Many are the visitors who go out to know the X-Batún and find themselves with the surprise of the Dzombakal cenote, not so famous in social networks. The truth is that it is a beautiful cenote, the only bad thing is the wasps that are sometimes in the area, be careful.

The entrance under the poplar is gorgeous, and its crystal clear waters delicious. It is also a cenote for friends divers, both have spoken wonders of diving.

Cenote Dzombakal
Cenote Dzombakal
Cenote Dzombakal

Sleeping near the X-Batun cenote

The Xuux Eek cooperative is a family that has been running its local cottage and restaurant accommodation business for years. Often the beautiful cenotes they are the sustenance of local families. Stay at the Mayan style cabins It is to be able to savor the authentic charm of the Yucatecan night.

I totally recommend these cabins, I'll leave you the direct link to the Xuux Eek cabins to book and see more photos and opinions.

For me it is a great way to travel to stay in Mayan communities, to learn more about the Peninsula.

Cabins Xuux Eek

The visit to these two cenotes and the possibility of sleeping in the cabins offers you an interesting stop on your way. Of the areas where you can rent a bike, something that is becoming increasingly prominent in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a very good way to explore the area in the months of less heat, from November to May, pedaling this flat and hot Peninsula.

If you want to know more cenotes we have the CENOTES section on the blog, where you will find many others to visit.

Cenotes X-Batún and Dzombakal, cenotes

LOCATION: Cenote X-Batún and Dzombakal is located in San Antonio Mulix, 49 Km from Mérida. Mérida-Muna 261 road, kilometer 39 detour. Upon reaching the former San Antonio Mulix estate, you take a dirt road of 2.3 Km to the entrance.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Unfortunately, public transport does not reach these cenotes. You can go in the buses that leave Mérida towards Muna, stop at the entrance to San Antonio Mulix, and the rest there are mototaxis or tricitaxis that take you.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 8 to 4 in the daily afternoon. There are services in both cenotes and in the area of ​​the collection booth (2km from the cenotes). They offer guide services for bike tours. For more information and services for events: 9991 32 80 26 / 9991 98 07 13 / 9992 21 24 62
INPUT PRICE National and local 35 pesos, 80 foreigners. Children pay from 5 years. Disabled do not pay. Diving 100 pesos per person.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CENOTE: Cenote X-Batún 20 meters deep and Dzombakal has a fairly small OPEN area. In both you can dive and swim.
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 always goes well The swimsuit and a towel or pareo to dry after the bath . It is a good option to wear a diving mask to better appreciate the place. You can take food, there are palapas in the cenotes.
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.
ACCOMMODATION IN CABINS AND CAMPING AREA: Mayan style cabins of the Xuux Eek cooperative, at the entrance of the collection house.
WHAT MORE TO DO FOR THE AREA? You are in the Route of the Convents and Route Puuc, Mayapán, Loltún, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and cenotes in the area such as Cuzamá, Kankirische, Telchanillo, Tecoh, Sabacché there are infinity in the area.

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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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