Within the treasures of the town of Homún, the Yaxbacaltun cenote is one of its most visited and photographed cenotes. This large cenote has access and comfort facilities, an ideal space for a wide range of visitors.

Cenote Yaxbacaltun It is one of the most popular visits in Homún, considered a leading destination to visit several cenotes. There is a dirt road that leads you to Yalahau lagoon that passes through several cenotes, including the Yaxbacaltun, the Cenote 3 Oches, the Oxolá, and the lesser known caves of Candearia and Che-Che-Bak.

Everything you need to know about cenotes in Homún: prices, how to get there, photos to choose your ideal cenote

The cenote Yaxbacaltun It is a few kilometers from the entrance to the dirt road. I was eager to travel the 14 kilometers that there are until the Yalahau lagoon and get to know the caves and cenotes of this dirt track.

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Posters that indicate the Yaxbacaltun cenote on the dirt road

Facilities Yaxbacaltun they are comfortable, the access to the cenote is simple, you go down stairs of metal about 15 meters to a wide platform of concrete on foot of water, with low parts where you do not need to know how to swim, as well as deep ones for those who do know, what It makes an ideal space for a wide range of visitors.


These access facilities are very important for families traveling with children and the elderly, such as the 84 American woman I met while swimming enthusiastically for the first time in the cenote Tza Ujun Kat, another of Homun's most popular. I recognize the advantages of comfortable and simple access, but I am not metal and cement in the cenotes, I am more natural tastes.

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The cenote Yaxbacaltun, green cob on stone, it is open type, with a spacious diameter. You can swim to one of the banks of the cenote from where there is a nice view from another angle. From the central platform you can see the total diameter and admire the formations, the vegetation, the lights and shadows that create beautiful harmonies with the reflections. It would be a good exercise to appreciate being from sunrise to sunset in the cenote, to see how the whole melody of light sounds. Ugh, I'm leaving ...


In facilities cenote Yaxbacaltun Maya ceremonies are performed, you can camp for 30 pesos the night, the restaurant of the enclosure opens on weekends, the other days put at your disposal the Santa Cruz Restaurant, which is on the main road through Homun. The amplitude of the cenote and the capacity of the restaurant make it an ideal cenote for large groups.

In the cenote enclosure they exhibit various local fauna such as a deer, crocodiles, a boa and some unhappy other enclosed by the questionable human pleasure of seeing them. Much better was listening and seeing the colony of swallows fluttering the cenote Yaxbacaltun, or point of comparison.

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LOCATION: Cenote Yaxbacaltun It is located in Homún, at 50 km east of Mérida. If you go from Mérida take the 59 street to the peripheral of the city, follow the sign for the road to Chichén Itzá, after 5 km there is a detour to Acanceh. Arrives at the village of Acanceh, then crosses Cuzamá and 5 km is Homún. Drive east to 8 street, a sign of the cenote on the right leads you about 900 mts on dirt road and then another indication on the left another 500 mts to the cenote parking lot.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? You can go in trucks (buses) second class or collective (vans) that cross the 180 highway leaving Mérida, Valladolid or Piste. Bus leaves from the Northeastern terminal of Mérida, 67 x 52 and 50; 7: 45, 9: 15, 10: 45, 12: 30 and 14: 30 schedules; It costs 23 pesos. Another option is to go by bus, leave when they are filled in front of the same terminal, on 67 street and charge 25 pesos. They take between 1 hour and a little more the big bus. From Piste or Valladolid also arrive collectives.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 10 to 18 daily. There are services of restrooms, lockers, vest hire, showers, restaurant.
PRICE: 30 mxn (Mexican pesos).
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothes, 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.
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 YAXCABALTUN: It is open type. You can dive, 30 mxn per person.
ACCOMMODATION: can be camp for 30 pesos.

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