The cenotes in Yucatán are one of the main tourist attractions on the Peninsula. The 3 Cuzamá cenotes are three magnificent cenotes that are visited by driving a cart pulled by mules or horses through the mountain.
When we came to live in 2007, one of the most famous cenotes in Yucatan were those of Cuzamá, a Yucatecan town near Mérida. So we went there to meet them from Cancun on our first forays into Yucatan.
The 3 Cuzamá cenotes became more popular than others due to the particularity of the transportation used to get to the cenotes. The old rails of the carts that transported the henequen in the Haciendas through the mount are used. These carts are drawn by horses or mules.
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CIRCUIT LOS 3 CENOTES CUZAMÁ
The three cenotes Cuzamá they are part of the grounds of an old Hacienda. In these haciendas they used wheelbarrows mounted on rails, a technique based on the old system Decauville, to transport the crops. And that's where the curiosity of this place comes from: the old rails are used to get to the cenotes.
Now they change the old trolley by a wooden platform, with its corresponding seats and backs, it is placed on the tracks and is pulled by a mule or horse. It's like going in a small single train car. An invention that created the premises of the community and now they share the management of the place two cooperatives.
Some of the Cenotes railway guides Cuzamá They had come to work these lands and they have some good history of the place to show you the time of the Haciendas. Like good reserved Yucatecans, talkative when they feel like it, it ends up being a most enriching little trip. During the way that enters us to the cenotes fields of henequen are seen.
CENOTES DE CUZAMÁ
The cenotes that are visited are
- Chelentún (stone lying down),
- Chansinic'Ché (ant tree)
- Bolón-Chohol (bat hole).
In these cenotes we can swim, discover our Olympic skills on the natural springboards or simply sit and enjoy the place. Give time for everything, they are incredible places.
In each cenote he calculates to be about 45 minutes, which you don't even know how, but they fly by, really that time in the cenotes passes faster. Surely the most spectacular is the Bolón-Chohol, spending more time here and seeing it alone is a gift that will make you truly magical.
So try to get to the cenotes early, when there are fewer people, and agree with the guide for more time in the cenotes if you want. With a tip it is fixed.
You will find them on the road about the traffic regulations of the place. It is quite an adventure what they have mounted in these Cenotes of Cuzama, it is worth approaching them.
HOW TO GET TO CUZAMÁ
- BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: you can go in trucks (buses) second class or collective (vans) that travel along Highway 180 leaving Mérida (you can also get there from Valladolid by this means). 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 35 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 about 30 pesos. They take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
From Cuzamá to the entrance to the cenotes you can go by motorcycle taxi (local Yucatecan transport), which will charge you 25 pesos per person. They are waiting there, they immediately offer to take you.
- BY CAR: from Mérida take the exit towards Valladolid-Cancún. After about 5 kilometers, there is a detour towards Acancech. You must get to the town and continue to Cuzamá. In one hour you arrive, there are 48 kilometers from Merida.
In the population of Cuzamá there are more cenotes than these three of the truck route. You also have the town of Homún very close with more wonderful cenotes. If you like cenotes, you can stay in the area for a few days to explore it and share with the local population more slowly.
Cuzamá, cenotesLOCATION: the cenotes of Cuzamá are close to the population of Cuzamá, which is 40 Km. from Mérida.
HOW TO GO 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 35 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 30 pesos. The big bus takes between 1 hour and a little longer. Buses also arrive from Piste or Valladolid. From Cuzamá at the entrance to the cenotes you can go by mototaxi.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 8 to 4 in the afternoon every day of the year. They sell food and drinks at the entrance, there are restrooms.
PRICE: 400 mxn per cart, they are from 1 to 4 people. The tour of the three cenotes lasts about 3 hours.
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.
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