Among the preciousness that the town of Homún treasures, the Yaxbacaltun cenote is one of its most visited and photographed cenotes. This large cenote has easy access and comfort, 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 which passes through several cenotes, including the Yaxbacaltun, the Cenote 3 Oches, the Oxolá, and the lesser known caves of La Candearia and Che-Che-Bak.
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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.
Facilities Yaxbacaltun They are comfortable, access to the cenote is simple, you go down metal stairs about 15 meters to a wide concrete platform at the foot of the water, with low parts where you don't need to know how to swim, as well as deep parts for those who do know, what makes an ideal space for a wide range of visitors.
These access facilities are very important for families traveling with children and the elderly, like the 84-year-old American woman I met while swimming enthusiastically for the first time in the cenote Tza Ujun Kat, another of the most popular of Homún. I recognize the advantages of comfortable and simple accesses, but I am not made of metal and cement in the cenotes, I am of more natural tastes.
The cenote Yaxbacaltun, green cob on stone, is of the 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 appreciate the total diameter and admire the formations, the vegetation, the lights and shadows that with the reflections create beautiful harmonies. It would be a good exercise in appreciation to be in the cenote from sunrise to sunset, to see how the entire melody of light sounds. Ugh, I'm leaving ...
In facilities cenote Yaxbacaltun Mayan ceremonies are held, you can camp for 30 pesos a night, the restaurant of the enclosure is open on weekends, the other days they put at your disposal the Santa Cruz Restaurant, which is located on the main road that crosses Homún. The breadth 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.
Cenote Yaxbacaltun, cenotesLOCATION: Cenote Yaxbacaltun It is located in Homún, 50 km east of Mérida. If you go from Mérida, take 59th 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. It reaches the town of Acanceh, then crosses Cuzamá and is 5 km away from Homún. Drive east to Calle 8, a cenote sign on the right takes you about 900 meters on a dirt road and then another indication to the left another 500 meters to the cenote parking lot.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? You can go in trucks (buses) second class or collective (vans) that travel along Highway 180 leaving Mérida, Valladolid or Piste. Bus leaves from the Northeast terminal of Mérida, street 67 x 52 and 50; hours 7:45, 9:15, 10:45, 12:30 and 14:30; it costs 23 pesos. Another option is to go by bus, they leave when they fill up in front of the same terminal, on Calle 67 and charge 25 pesos. The big bus takes between 1 hour and a little longer. Buses also arrive from Piste or Valladolid.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 10 to 18 daily. There are toilets, lockers, vest rental, showers, restaurant.
PRICE: 30 mxn (Mexican pesos).
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 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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