After years of living in the Riviera Maya, I must confess that if given the choice between visiting the beach and a cenote; I would pick the cenote every time. There are many things I love about the beaches of the Riviera Maya: the white powdery sand, the turquoise colored waters, the sway of the warm Caribbean breeze, the list goes on and on.
However, there is something about the cenotes that simply captivates me, especially those that are underground. The whole experience is mystical: the descent to the cenote, the wonder of seeing the waters incredible colors, the absence of noise, heat, mosquitoes … just you and the water.
If you are in the Riviera Maya, visiting cenotes is ideal for those days when it is too hot or rainy. Being that most of the cenotes are underground means that the temperature is always stable and cool, regardless of the season. Here are some cenotes that you must visit, if you are in the Riviera Maya.
Visit a Natural Park: Kantun Chi
This cenote is conveniently located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, and offers you the opportunity to visit four completely different cenotes for one price in this natural park. Another advantage of this park is the option to access the cenotes on your own, or through a guided adventure tour that includes all the equipment and a delicious meal.
The independent entry fee is $23 USD for adults and $13 USD for children. The 5 cenote guided tour is $71 USD for adults and $35 USD for children.
For more information about Kantun Chi, click here.
Visit a Natural Park: Dos Ojos
Dos Ojos is a unique opportunity to visit one of the largest systems of flooded caverns in the world. With an area of 51 miles, it extends to join the Sac Actun system for a total of 319 km of explored caves.
While Dos Ojos is known to be ideal for cave diving, but you can also visit, relax and snorkel in its beautiful clear water. If you like adventure you can snorkel in the area and hopefully you will see some divers several meters below the water level.
The cost for Dos Ojos is 200 MXP to enter and 35 MXP for a locker to leave your belongings. You can bring your own food and drinks or use their food service for 500 MXP.
For More information about Dos Ojos, click here.
If you are visiting the Riviera Maya, don’t miss the opportunity to visit a cenote. There are hundreds in the area and each one is uniquely different. It is important to remember that when you visit one of these wonders, you should avoid using non-biodegradable insect repellent or sunscreen; as these chemicals affect water quality and the delicate ecosystem of the caverns.
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