Enjoying the cenote environment simply gives peace. Nature surprises us with its forms in each of these treasures, in the Xtogil cenote it is recreated.

In the surroundings of the town of Libre Unión there are several cenotes. The unthinkable subterranean shapes of the Yucatan Peninsula never cease to amaze me with its hollows. On the free road between Valladolid and Mérida you find beautiful cenotes like those of Dzinupt, Chihuan, Homún, Yokdzonot, Ikkil, Cuzamá, all of them, next to the Xtogil cenote, stops that will surprise you and make your way better.

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How to get to Cenote Xtogil

The Xtogil cenote is perfectly indicated in Free Union, but once you take the turn down the road towards the cenote, you no longer find it signposted. Heading south from Libre Unión to Yaxcabá, the sacbé (white road) to the cenote Xtogil is about 2 kilometers on the left, a wide dirt road. From this point follow another 2 kilometers jungle inside: park the car when you reach the first large clearing. A small sign tells you that you arrived.

Cenote Xtogil en route between Mérida and Chichen Itza 1
Cenote Xtogil en route between Mérida and Chichen Itza 2

The day I went to visit him, a man who was collecting wood for his house had to accompany me to the entrance: he left his bike and got into my car, he indicated the entrance to the sacbé and again I accompanied him where his bike. Yucatecan kindness is available to you traveling with respect to these lands. In many of the small roads that enter the Yucatan jungle, you will find men on bicycles carrying their guns hanging behind their backs. Most are working collecting firewood, one of the livelihoods of the current Maya who lives in the countryside.

The environment of the Xtogil cenote is simply exquisite. A natural place where time goes between the trill of birds, the ways that nature gives us and the dreamlike reflections of the crystalline waters. The pleasure of enjoying the cenotes, without more.


The Xtogil cenote does not have a cleaning care and is neglected, so you will see it in a wilder state than other cenotes. In fact, this oversight has caused, as a traveler has let me know, that there are dangerous hornets at the entrance of the cenote and enough garbage. It is a pity to see places of nature trapped in human crap. Few travelers arrive here, a unique place to visit, but something dirty to enjoy.

It was a pleasure to go bathing surrounded by this nature, you feel like Jane or Tarzan, well, almost pure Cheetah (Chita).

Cenote Xtogil en route between Mérida and Chichen Itza 3

It was worth visiting and enjoying the Xtogil cenote, one of the great corners of the road. There is no bad cenote, only some conquer you more or less.

Cenote Xtogil en route between Mérida and Chichen Itza 4

Cenote Xtogil, cenotes

LOCATION: the Xtogil cenote is located in the town of Free Union, 30 kilometers from Piste. 2 kilometers away Address Yaxcabá There is a wide dirt road (it is not signposted), that road you must take it for 2 more kilometers to reach the cenote. Park the car in the wide clearing that you see
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: Go in sunny hours. It does not have services, just a couple of garbage cans. Use them or better take the trash you generate.
PRICE ENTRY: there was no charge.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Unión Libre you can walk there. Constant collectives pass through Unión Libre from Piste (30 minutes), Valladolid (1 hour), Mérida (2 hours).
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.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CENOTE: cenote Xtogil Is open. It has an 40 meter in diameter, with its own eye, so it is not a concise piece of information. I do not know if you can dive.

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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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