The Santa María grotto is one of the points to visit in Homún, one of the towns near Mérida full of surprises in the subsoil. Its cenotes and caves are the focus of tourist attention, Santa María awaits you in Homún.

When I visited Homun the overcast sky dawned, something that does not favor to take photos of cenotes; Always light is the palette with which we write photographers. So I decided to approach the grottos of Santa María, where there is no natural light entering the grotto, and thus go waiting for the day to clear.

In Homún they usually open the cenotes and caves of the 9 onwards, but in this wonderful land they have shown me in more than one occasion the kindness and flexibility if you arrive somewhat earlier. These caves are cared for by the family that lives adjacent to the grounds of the entrance to the cave. When I arrived I screamed, and a nice woman, Susana, appeared. She turned on the lights at the entrance to the cave, explained how to visit the place and told me what I could not do inside. Listening to their recommendations, I entered the caves.

What others cenotes of Homún in Yucatán to visit?

Grottos Santa Maria Homun
Grottos Santa Maria Homun
Grottos Santa Maria Homun

HR caves of Santa María They are popular for their mud bath, a common activity among visitors. Caregivers warn you not to paint the walls with your hands emulating the ancient Mayans, as we see in some caves with bodies of water inside; surely the most remarkable example is the caves of Santa Rita, in X-Can. Remember that your thing is not a ritual, it's a bit of a pain if you do it. Despite the warnings and posters, you can see in the cave the lack of education that many humanoids lack.

Grottos Santa Maria Homun
Painted walls, lack of education to understand that this is a dirty

Within the grotto Santa Maria You can do an interior tour: after descending to the cave you must walk halfway wet and continue along the underground river, at the end of this section you will see the body of water, the cenote of crystalline water. I can't explain more to you because I didn't have the pleasure to do it, because walking alone with the camera and with the day scheduled for a few more cenotes, I didn't have the time. I was left with the desire, so I will return with friends to enjoy the caves again.

Grottos Santa Maria Homun

Like most caves in the Yucatan Peninsula, the grotto of Santa María It is surrounded by stories of grandparents, legends that soak the local culture. We know that the cenotes and caves are an important part of the Maya, being the subsoil one of his existential planes, just like the Mayans divide the world.

Grottos Santa Maria Homun
Good talk with the beautiful Susana
Good talk with the beautiful Susana
Grottos Santa Maria Homun

It was fantastic to peek into this corner of the road. If when you go out you feel like a juice or a snack, surely Susana will serve you with her joy on the porch of her house, where she has set up some bathrooms and tables. It was a pleasure talking with her, of those good moments of my visit to the Cenotes of Homún. In Homún there are several guides that offer their services to visit this cave and other cenotes of the population.


Gruta de Santa María, cenotes

LOCATION: Grotto Santa María is located in  HOW TO GET 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 23 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 25 pesos. The big bus takes between 1 hour and a little longer.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 10 to 17 daily. There are toilet services offered by the neighbor at the entrance to the grotto.
PRICE: 25 mxn (Mexican pesos).
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.
ACCOMMODATION: there is a continuous lodging to the grotto, the Hotel Restaurant Santa María, where I ate deliciously. I could not see the rooms because they were occupied.

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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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