The best 3 cenotes in the Riviera Maya


First we have to describe what a cenote is. The cenotes are deep water wells, which are fed by the filtration of the rain and by the currents of the rivers that are born in the heart of the earth. These wells owe their name to the Mayans, who baptized them with the word Dz’onot, which means “cavern with water” and from there it derived its current name: cenotes.


Dos Ojos is the best-known cenote. It translates as “two eyes” which refers to the twin sinkholes that are connected together. You can snorkel in both cenotes but you’ll need to join a guided snorkeling tour to visit the Bat Cave.


It is located about 3.5 kilometers from Tulum and is one of the best known and most visited cenotes in the Riviera Maya in Mexico. It´s crystal clear waters are ideal for diving, since they are inhabited by millions of fish and turtles.

It’s definitely worth a visit and bring a pair of diving goggles, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry! you can rent them on the spot for a surcharge.


The Sacred Cenote is an open cenote that forms a circular depression filled with water. This cenote was considered sacred by the ancient inhabitants of Chichén Itzá, since for them it represented the abode of the rain god.

To get there, there are buses or vans leaving from Piste (the closest town to Chichén Itzá), ADO buses also go to Chichén from Cancun or Playa del Carmen and from the ruins you can take a bus or a taxi to get there

Definitely, any cenote you visit is proof of the wonders of nature and should be on your list of activities to do on your next trip to the Riviera Maya.

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