The Papakal cenote is on its way from Mérida to Cuzamá and Homún, two of the most visited towns for its cenotes. The tourist agencies of Mérida offer these cenotes, Papakal is something else.
People and go out to discover the corners of this land we are passionate about, there is always a sign to follow or a detour to take. The truth is that the Cenote Papakal is on an increasingly overlapping route between Mérida-Acanceh-Cuzamá-Homún. Many tasty surprises await you on this short stretch, including the temple in Eknakan and the Papakal cenote. Do you feel like looking out?
You won't want to miss the best Yucatan Cenotes near Mérida 🙂
If you like cenotes stay with this route because it will take you to paradise, let's see what is waiting for you between Mérida and Homún.
- ACANCEH: To start this architectural candy, for me essential on this route. Here you will meet the most impressive masks of the Mayan world in Yucatan. A very nutritious stop, in addition there is no better way than to sweat a little and then cool off in a cenote.
- EKNAKÁN AND CENOTE PAPAKAL: The old Hacienda of Eknakan preserves as a curiosity a Gothic-style temple, a different temple where you will want to stop to know it. A little further you reach the Papakal cenote.
- CENOTES CUZAMÁ: of the best known cenotes in Yucatan, its peculiar way of transport to visit these beauties makes it very attractive to visitors.
- MAN'S CENOTS: Here more than a dozen cenotes await you that you can visit in different transports, let yourself be surprised in this population.
It is almost impossible to pass in front of the temple of Eknakan and do not get your attention, is a different church. I think it is the only Gothic temple we can see in Yucatan. He thinks that at the time of the Haciendas, with the money dripping in Yucatan, there were many wastage and nonsense emulating European fashions, especially the French. It is something innate in the human being these demonstration actions of power, any excuse is good to strut us.
The temple of the Eknakan Hacienda imitates the classic German Gothic. The Haciendas of the Yucatan Peninsula used to have church, hospital, school and even jail, they were governed as countries, they even had their own currency. The Catholic Church of La Soledad was built between the 18th and 19th centuries and donated to the town of Eknakan in 2010 by the last owner of the Treasury, Ernesto Molina.
It is worth making a small stop before reaching the cenote to bathe, how good to go out to enjoy this land.
Cenote Papakal was a small paradise where I could enjoy a refreshing bath on my way. Many of the cenotes, whether more or less impressive, what they always offer me is a refreshing natural respite, and I really enjoy it.
The cenotes have become a tourist attraction that no one can stop: Rare is the tour that does not offer a cenote along the way. That means that the number of people attracted to cenotes is much more. Where you used to bathe almost alone, now you share fresh water with several sweet tooth like you. For this reason the Cenote Papakal, on the way between the famous towns of Cuzamá and Homún, is a loner who can give you that natural silence, which in other cenotes we are invading. We could be alone, something that I always appreciate when I walk in natural spaces.
Remember that in our section of the blog about cenotes you find many options to get to know. I hope you enjoy the good, we have a large playground on this earth, hopefully we can take care of it. If you are aware of taking care of the cenotes it is mandatory to go through the shower (shower) even if they do not tell you, it is important to remove from our skin any cream and potingue that we carry in the body that contaminates the delicate waters of the cenotes.
Cenote Papakal CenotesLOCATION: Cenote Papakal is located in Eknakan. 16 km from Acanceh, about 35 km east of Mérida. If you go from Mérida take 59 street to the outskirts of the city, follow; the signal for the road to Chichen Itza, after 5 km there is a detour to Acanceh. Arrive in the town of Acanceh, then cross Cuzamá and 5 km is Homún. ; Entering from Mérida, you must continue to 2 kilometers from the east exit of the town, where a dirt road on the left hand leads you to the Hool Kosom cenote (2 kilometers from the turnoff).
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?You can go intrucks(buses) second class 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 9 to 18 daily. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE: local 10 pesos, national 30 pesos, foreigners 50 pesos. Visors, vests and hammocks are rented each unit for 25 pesos.
WHAT TO BRING TO TOURIST CENOTES? Swimsuit and towel or pareo to dry after bath. A change of clothes to change, hat, insect repellent (use it after bathing if you stay in the area and there are insects). Do not forget the mask or visor (in many cenotes they rent, but that way you save it). You can access most of the tourist cenotes with flip flops, the closed shoe always gives you greater protection, it is my choice almost always. Booties or water shoes are not necessary to access the cenotes. Bring water, the heat squeezes a lot and you need constant hydration.
THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTER: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes do not use body creams, or protectors, or repellents before entering them. Go through the shower before entering the cenote. Do not hang on the roots of the trees, or touch the stalactites, or do any other idiocy that damages the place. If we learn to appreciate the natural environment we will better treat it.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CENOTE PAPAKAL: It is a closed type cenote inside the cave, which has a water mirror of 27 meters long by 29 and a maximum depth of 31 meters.
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