The state of Yucatan treasures some of the most beautiful cenotes of these Mayan lands. In the town of Mucuyche, south of Mérida, we find the cenote Yaaluzdzil , a delight of corner.

The Yaal Utsil cenote is located in the town of Mucuyché. Before a curve of one of the few streets of the town, you must turn to your left: it is signposted, with a wooden sign. The owners of the house near the cenote welcome you and allow you to park, if you want, on your land, in exchange for a few pesos of gratitude.

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Cenote Yaaluzdzil, road to Mucuyché 1
House of Mucuyché next to the cenote Yaaluzdzil

The narrow road leads to the Yaaluzdzil cenote, a beautiful open cenote where the roots of the trees come down to drink water. The view from the water is wonderful, to entertain you for hours.

Cenote Yaaluzdzil, road to Mucuyché 2

Cenote Yaaluzdzil features

Stairs of 12 meters in length lead you to the refreshing crystalline water, a pleasure to bathe here. According to the technical data sheet of the Yaal Utsil cenote of Seduma The water mirror «measures 25 meters long by 39 meters wide and a maximum depth of 49 meters. Inside, some vessels and feline bones (possibly jaguars) have been found. »

Near the stairs is the rope where you can hold if you do not know how to swim, something usual among the local population. The most intrepid can be launched from the platform of about 3 meters to the crystal clear waters. The most successful are launched from the mouth of the cenote, in these Yucatecan lands I have seen great divers, something that I like to observe. There is always something to entertain in the cenotes, sometimes the humans themselves are part of the show.

Cenote Yaaluzdzil
Cenote Yaaluzdzil

Yaaluzdzil cenote services

The best time to visit the Yaal Utsil cenote is in the hours of the zenith of the sun, when the rays fall vertically on the water.

In the house that is close to the cenote they offer basic services. You do not pay, what you want to contribute to the owners of the house for their services. These things are changing, and surely today it will have a cost.

I have not been there for years, and the reality of the cenote boom is so palpable that it becomes difficult for a known cenote to be without staff to keep it to receive a fee for their services in return.

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

Cenote Yaaluzdzil, road to Mucuyché 3

Cenote Yaal Utsil, cenotes

LOCATION: Cenote Yaal Utsil is located in Mucuyché. From Mérida take highway 261 towards Muna, until Mucuyché it is about 50 kilometers to the south. You must take the detour to Abalá. From here you should go to Mucuyché about 7 kilometers more
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open in the hours of light. There is a family living next door that has payment services for you.
PRICE ENTRY: free of charge.
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 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.
WHAT ELSE IN THE AREA? Close to Mucuyché are the Kankirixche and Chihuo Hol cenotes.

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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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