El Papakal Cenote It is on the way from Mérida to Cuzamá and Homún, two of the most visited towns for its cenotes. The Mérida tourism agencies 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 Papakal Cenote It is located on an increasingly long route between Mérida-Acanceh-Cuzamá-Homún.

Many tasty surprises await you on this short stretch, including the temple in Eknakán and the Papakal Cenote. Do you want to look out?

You won't want to miss the best Yucatan Cenotes near Mérida 🙂

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Merida-Hómun Route

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.

Eknakan Hacienda

It is almost impossible to pass in front of the Eknakán temple and it does not attract your attention, it is a different church. I think it is the only Gothic style temple that we can see in Yucatan. He thinks that in the time of the Haciendas, with the money dripping in Yucatan, many wastes and nonsense were made emulating European fashions, especially the French. It is something innate in the human being these actions of demonstration of power, any excuse is good to show off.

The Hacienda Eknakán temple imitates classical German Gothic. The haciendas of the Yucatan Peninsula used to have a 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 2010th and XNUMXth centuries and donated to the town of Eknakán in XNUMX by the last owner of the Hacienda, Ernesto Molina.

It is worth making a small stop before reaching the cenote to bathe, how good to go out to enjoy this land.


Papakal Cenote

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.

Cenotes have become a tourist attraction that no one can stop it: rare is the tour that does not offer a cenote on the way. That means that the number of people attracted to cenotes is considerably more. Where you used to bathe almost alone, now you share fresh waters with several sweet tooths like you.

For this reason the Papakal Cenote, on the way between the famous towns of Cuzamá and Homún, it is a loner that can give you that natural silence, which we are invading in other cenotes. We were able to be alone, something that I always appreciate when I walk in natural spaces.

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Cenote_Papakal, _Eknakán_Yucata

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.

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Cenote Papakal Cenotes

LOCATION: Cenote Papakal is located in Eknakán. 16 km from Acanceh, about 35 km east of Merida. If you go from Mérida, take 59th street to the peripheral of the city, continue; the sign for the road to Chichén Itzá, after 5 km there is a detour for Acanceh. It reaches the town of Acanceh, then crosses Cuzamá and is 5 km away from Homún.
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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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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