Cenotes Mucuyché is a sign on the road through southern Merida that you will see constantly. Indicate one of the cenotes in the area, good treasures of cenotes await you.

We always like to write about cenotes, it is one of our weaknesses: to know and enjoy cenotes. There is much to discover about the cenotes in Yucatan, and the area of ​​Abalá is one of the striking south of Mérida.

On the roads you see signs of tourist interest indicating haciendas to visit, archaeological sites and cenotes. One of the posters that you will see repeatedly will be that of Hacienda and cenotes Mucuyché. With little time to be open they have been erected between The best-known cenotes near Mérida, despite the fact that others in the area have been open to the general public for years.

In the municipality of Abalá you can visit several cenotes. What are the best 8 Yucatan Cenotes close to Merida

From Mérida take the 261 road towards Muna, until Mucuyché are about 50 kilometers to the south. You must take the detour to Abalá in Muna. From here you must go to Mucuyché for another 7 kilometers, the signs easily lead you. HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Mérida you must take the combis that leave from San Juan Park, 69 x 62 and 64, go to Sacalum, tell the driver to let you know where to get off. You can go by bus or truck to Muna. From Muna you should arrive in another collective transport to Abalá, and from here go by motorcycle taxi to the cenotes of Mucuyché. Among small populations you always find mototaxi to move (stay with him to return, the truth is that it is somewhat cumbersome to go free to any of these cenotes).

In this area you can find the following cenotes: Mucuyché, Kankirixche, Yaal Utsil and Chihuo Hol. We are going to know them so that you leave with good information to cenote.


The reason for the good development of the Mucuyché farm cenote is simple to explain: Behind this project is the hand of one of the founders of the Xcaret Group, a company that has great sales and marketing skills. In Mucuyché cenotes they have managed to translate the concept of comfort and entertainment that works so well for them.

The Mucuyché estate was the residence of Empress Carlota, who together with her husband Maximiliano left their mark in this Yucatecan land. In the old Hacienda Mucuyché they have enabled and modified two cenotes, uniting both by an Xcaret-style canal, which delights the visitor. Good services, plus a visit to the hacienda, give you a great tour. The cenotes function as a small leisure park, where they do not allow more than certain people per zone and there is a fluid rotation.

  • HOW TO GET TO CENOTES MUCUYCHÉ? It is easy to arrive following the signs from Abalá. IMPORTANT: arrives with reservation, then schedule the visits to give a better service: guided tours from 9 to 3 in the afternoon. Send WhatsApp to the phone + 52 (1) 999 547 60 87 (the 1 is necessary to add from a foreign phone, from Mexico it is not necessary)
  • WHAT IS THE TRAVEL? It is a guided tour of about two hours in small groups between the two cenotes, Carlota and Azul Maya. A small channel unites them. After the tour you can stay at the hacienda facilities, your pool or go to the restaurant. The only thing you can not return is to bathe in the cenotes.
  • SERVICES: parking, changing rooms, bathrooms, showers, pool and restaurant. All the services are comfortable and clean. Restaurant has an a la carte menu, Yucatecan dishes, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon. You do not need a reservation because it is outside the tour of the hacienda and the cenotes.
  • SCHEDULES OF THE ROUTE FOR THE CENOTES AND PRICES: the cenotes open every day from 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. 400 pesos per person and 200 per child, stores have a discount.
  • The cost of entry includes the historical tour of the hacienda, tour of the cenotes, vest and snorkel equipment.
  • DIRECT CONTACT: WhatsApp to the phone 999 547 60 87 (if you have a foreign phone add the number like this: + 52 1 999 547 60 87)
  • PERSONAL OPINION: This style of visiting cenotes in plan travel is not my thing, but I understand that the place has hook with many visitors. I visited the place for work reasons and I did not bathe in the cenotes, although we could go through all the facilities and know the place. The staff are a charm, the owner knows how to take good care of the details of the business.


The Kankirixche cenote is located between the town of Abalá and Mucuyché, before reaching the famous cenotes of Hacienda Mucuyché. At the beginning of the 2000 when there was no fever for the cenotes that exist now, little more than divers came to the Kankirixche, it was not even indicated. More or less from the 2015 have the toll booth fixed at the entrance and is well signposted.

The Kankirixché cenote is a semi-cave, of the pretty ones in the area. Wooden stairs lead you to a small wooden platform. It is not very wide, so if there are several people it is annoying, but when you enter the crystalline water everything is forgotten.

  • HOW TO GET TO CENOTE KANKIRIXCHÉ? From Abalá follow the road to Mucuyché, you will see the detour on a blue sign on the road. If you arrive at the town of Mucuyché and did not see it, return on your steps.
  • SERVICES: parking, bathrooms, showers and restaurant.
  • HOURS AND PRICE: They open daily from 8 to 5 in the afternoon and the entrance is 40 pesos.
mucuyche cenotes
mucuyche cenotes


The Yaal Utsil cenote is located in one of the entrances to the town of Mucuyché. I have not been going for years, it was not paid before, it will probably be paid now. Before the cenote neighbors sold snacks and you could occupy your bathroom in exchange for a few pesos.

The cenote Yaal Utsil is a nice open cenote, with wooden entrance that descends 12 meters to the blue, and different platforms from where to launch. The cenote is very cool, the roots looking for water give an impressive view from the water.

  • HOW TO GET TO CENOTE YAAL UTSIL? From Abalá follow the road by road to Mucuyché for 7 kilometers, one block before reaching the center of the town, bends to the left, crossing 100 meters of dirt road.
  • SERVICES: there is a place to park, the neighbors offer you their facilities so you can cooperate with them
  • HOURS AND PRICE: They open daily from 8 to 5 in the afternoon and the entrance is what you pay to the locals, I don't know if they have a fixed price.
mucuyche cenotes
cenote yaal utsil mucuyche


To the cenote Chihuo Hol they go practically the premises near the community, few travelers visit it to be the least spectacular in the area. This means that if you want to cool off at some time of the day in a quiet place, here is a good opportunity. On Sundays it is the worst day to go.

It is a cenote of semi cave of crystal clear water. The bad thing is the amount of garbage that was in the place, at least when we went there were no services or litter bins, and if the many do not use them. If you go to this cenote, be a better example and do not leave trash, little by little we will improve, I am convinced.

  • HOW TO GET TO CENOTE CHIHUO HOL? From Abalá follow the road by road to Mucuyché for 7 kilometers. Leaving Mucuyché address Xcanchacán, on your left hand you will see a wooden sign hanging on a tree indicating this cenote. You will have to travel a dirt road for about a kilometer and a half. You can ask or guide yourself through google maps
  • SERVICES: there's a place to park, just that
  • HOURS AND PRICE: Go in sunny hours.
Cenotes Mucuyché, Abalá 1
Cenotes Mucuyché, Abalá 2

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

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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.
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