Cenote Zapote is one of the cenotes with fame among divers for its natural charms. This open cenote is located inside the jungle that crosses the so-called Ruta de los Cenotes.

The owner brothers of the cenote Kin Há and El Zapote managed them together for years: now the entrances are already indicated independently and are different places.

Let's find out what the cenote Zapote, a very special cenote for the discovery inside of a new species of giant sloth.

giant sloth sapote


Cenote Zapote enters the history of Humanity thanks to the discovery of a new species of giant sloth (Xibalbaonyx oviceps) that was found between 50 and 55 meters deep. Now is when you allow me to show off as a friend because the skeleton of the sloth was found by my dear friend and explorer Vicente Fito. My mouth always fills with love talking about him, all my love and admiration. You are a handsome Vicentito ??

It was found in the year 2010 by the almost complete skeleton of this animal: subsequent studies determined the scientific finding. Fortunately Vicentito has the sacred awareness that what is found is everyone's heritage: There are other fools who steal what they found and traffic with it. Education raises awareness, it is something that favors us all.

Vicente made the necessary paperwork by contacting the INAH and together with his colleague Jerónimo de Avilés, they began the rescue and studies of the skeleton in 2014, a process that lasted two years. They continue to explore, surely they will give us more joy in the form of discoveries, how beautiful?

They called the lazy Pot, a bug that lived between 10647 and 10305 BC.. At that time the caverns were dry or with little water, it is estimated that it was during the Early Holocene, 10.000 years ago, that they began to flood deep inside the caves.


Most of the cenotes on the Ruta de los Cenotes have transformed natural spaces into recreation and amusement centers. The proximity to the Riviera Maya makes the cenotes suitable for tourists who are looking for fun and comfort in their encounters with nature.

If you live in the area ask for your discount from quintanarroense So it doesn't hurt so much in our pocket to live near tourism. Take your credential for your discount.

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Cenote Zapote

SERVICES: Cenote Zapote offers to visit other cenotes, zip lines, bicycles, rental of space for ceremonies and weddings, platforms from where to throw yourself and do your best dive. A comfortable and beautiful palapa is the restaurant here. Expect to find very good services in this place. The owner, whom I met personally, puts a lot of love and enthusiasm on her project, and wants to teach tourism part of her culture.

The platforms of 10 and 14 meters They will delight the divers. They are the highest we found in the area.

Cenote Zapote and its giant sloth on the Cenotes Route 1
Restaurant Cenote Zapote EcoParque
Cenote Zapote cenotes route
They make tortillas in a traditional way
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The cenote Zapote is open, a well of magnificent crystalline water decorated in a natural way in the middle of the jungle. In the Cenote Zapote EcoParque you can visit other cenotes:

  • Cenote Las Palmas: an open green cenote with zip line that flies over it.
  • Grandpa Che Che Cenote: small cenote cavern that allows you to appreciate another natural environment.
Puerto Morelos Cenotes
Cenote Las Palmas
Cenote Grandfather Che Che cenotes route
Cenote Grandpa Che Che


Cenote Zapote is a truly unique place to dive for its unusual bell-shaped formations. He too known as Hell Bells is one of the most precious cenotes for diving in Riviera Maya.

Its depth of 63 meters takes you to the haloclines that are about 30 meters deep and to these unique formations. There is no better way to see it underwater, we show it to you 🙂

Cenote Zapote / Hell's Bells from Huw Porter on Vimeo.

In the restaurant area, another corner illustrates the speleothem known as bell. Another corner tells us about the discovery of the pot, the lazy giant.

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Zapote Cenote, Cenotes Route

All the cenotes of the Cenotes Route seek to offer and develop its attractions to convince the tourist. The magic of Zapote with his lazy and bells is assured, and if you're a diver, don't even think about it 🙂

Cenote Zapote and its giant sloth on the Cenotes Route 2

Cenote Zapote, cenotes

LOCATION: Cenote Zapote is located on the Puerto Morelos - Leona Vicario highway (known as the Ruta de los Cenotes). The detour to your left at Km 20, well signposted. Puerto Morelos is 36 km from Cancun and 68 from Playa del Carmen.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 8 to 17 daily. The price is 200 mxn the Zapote, and 250 mxn with the visit to another cenote. They offer various activities, such as Mayan ceremonies and temazcales.
HOW TO TRAVEL THE CENOTES ROUTE? You can walk it in car, contract taxi from Puerto Morelos o Leona Vicario (They will take you to the cenotes and wait for you. Tourism Agency (several agencies offer these cenotes), in bike (It is a route very used by cyclists, who also take advantage of dirt roads inside the jungle) or in public transport.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? There is a bus between Puerto Morelos and Leona Vicario that will leave you on the road: from here you will have to walk a few kilometers along a dirt road through cleared jungle until you find them. There are some very close to the highway such as Lucero Verde or Boca del Puma, others such as Kin Ha, Zapote or La Noria you must walk about 5 kilometers. The schedules of the groups de Puerto Morelos-Leona Vicar: 6 am, 7.15 am, 8.15 am, 12.15 pm, 13.15 pm, 15.15 pm, 17.15 pm, 18.15 pm, 20.15 pm. From Leona to Puerto: 7.15 am, 8.15 am, 9.15 am, 12.15 pm, 13.15 pm, 15.15 pm, 17.15 pm, 18.30 pm, 19.30 pm.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CENOTE: Zapote Office it is open, 52 m deep.
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.
ACCOMMODATION: it seems an interesting option to stay in this area of ​​living jungle. Options like Jolie Jungle (we have stayed and treated us wonderfully), the House Cenote Popol Vuh in the cenote of this same name, the Roots of Heaven and the new and recommended Cheél Lodge Ecológico. All are great options for sleeping in the jungle, you will hardly have internet signal and you will be in a different environment than usual, to connect directly with your environment. Another option is stay in Puerto Morelos, where you find more variety and cheaper prices.

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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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