let’s make it clear:
What is a cenote?
According to Wikipedia: „A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings.”
You can find cenotes all around the World, in Canada, Belize or Australia. But in this particular part of Mexico, you can find hundreds of cenotes. Actually, some estimations say, that on the peninsula there are around 8-10 thousand cenotes. 😮
Of course, there are not the same, so it’s awesome to discover some of these beauties.
Before you visit Mexico, I would recommend visiting at least one cenote! There are a lot of really famous cenotes, but you can find places where just locals go.
Here are my 5 favourite cenotes!
1. Cenote Nicte Ha
If you don’t have a car, it’s a bit hard to get here, but I would recommend taking a collectivo (the small buses in Mexico) from Tulum or Playa del Carmen and tell the driver you want to go to this cenote. After you got to the entrance, you can go to other caves as well, they say it’s worth it. But we went to just this cenote it was really awesome! (We were actually hitchhiking because you have to walk from the entrance like 20 minutes :)) a Brazilian couple picked us up, and we became really good friends <3)
2. Grand Cenote
Honestly, I didn’t want to go to this cenote, because it’s really famous, but we got convinced, and I don’t regret it! If you go early in the morning, before the tourists, you can enjoy it just on your own.
3. Cenote Suytun
This place is also quite touristic, but again: if you go in the morning (we went at 8 am and nobody was there) it’s suuuper cool!… BTW this is where I dropped my camera into the water… this is one of the last pictures we took with it.
4. Cenote Suytun 2
I don’t know exactly what is the name of this cenote, because we found it accidentally. After we got out of the cave from Suytun, I was sad because of my camera. So, we were just wondering around the place and in the jungle, we found THIS CENOTE!! It’s true that the water is not clean and you cannot swim in it, but it’s just wonderful and magical! With all these trees…
5. Cenote Zaci
In the centre of Valladolid, there’s this cenote. OhhMy! You can jump into it from like 10-12 m hight! For me it was unbelievable!!! hehe 😀
Usually, you have to pay like 50-70 pesos entrance fee.
And if you don’t want too many people around, go really early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
The truth is that these are not the 5 best cenotes… These are the 5 cenotes we’ve been to :)) But for me, these places were the best! <3
So if you visit any other cenote, and you think they are better than these, please let me know in the comments 😉