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Si for Cenotes

Yucatan, Yuc., Mexico
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First, sorry (not sorry) for the punny title. Second, this post is dedicated to the awesome cenotes I visited during a 5-dy trip to Mexico. While by no means secret, these are not necessarily the most touristed cenotes in the area, which is why I would highly recommend a visit to these rather than the big names like Gran or Ik Kil. Most of these cost around 50-60 pesos each to enter (approximately $3 U.S.)

CENOTE ZACI (Valladolid): If you're visiting Valladolid (and you should!) there's no excuse not to visit, since it's in the middle of town. Above ground but partially covered, this was a fun stop for an hour or so. As it's right in town, it was fairly crowded on a Sunday afternoon (a mix of tourists and locals), but it's large enough that you can find a quiet spot to take in the beauty.

CENOTE X'CANCHE (Valladolid): A must-stop if you visit the Ek Balam ruins north of Valladolid (and you should!). A 20-minute walk or shorter bike ride from the entrance of the ruins, there are changing rooms, showers, hammocks and a restaurant (closed when we were there, but maybe you'll get lucky). Absolutely stunning above-ground cenote with a platform and rope swing for braver souls. We went around late morning and had it to ourselves for a glorious 10 minutes, but it never got overly crowded. This was by far my favorite cenote in Mexico.

CENOTE OXMAN (Valladolid): We took a cab (80-100 pesos each way, so split it with a friend) but it's apparently bikeable from town. Part of Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman, the entrance fee includes access to a lovely swimming pool where you can buy drinks and relax for as long as you want. The cenote itself is fairly deep underground - though exposed - and on the smaller side. There's a very fun rope swing. Of all the spots we visited, this was the most social - we met other travelers from around the world. Between the cenote and the pool, it's easy to spend hours here. Note, if you take a cab there, you'll need to ask the employees to call you cab back, since it's a bit off the beaten path. A great alternative to nearby Dzitnup, which we heard were more touristy and crowded.

CENOTES TANKACH-HA, CHOO-HA & MULTUN-HA (Coba): About a 15-minute drive past the Coba ruins are three underground cenotes. I've bundled them together since that's how tickets are sold - you pay the entrance fee upfront and can choose 1, 2 or all 3 (but why would you choose anything but all 3?!) Tankach-Ha and Choo-Ha are very close together - walking distance - while you'll need to drive a few extra minutes to reach Multun-Ha. These were the most crowded spots we went to as it seems to be a package tour from towns like Cancun or PDC. We rented a car from for the day and drove ourselves, but it's possible you could hire a cab from Tulum or possibly Coba to take you around as well. Of the 3, our favorite was Choo Ha, which was more shallow and a lovely turquoise color (and the least crowded). Tankach was had some impressively high diving platforms to choose from (we passed) and Multun offered the most room to swim. Definitely worth a visit but not as jaw-droppingly beautiful as the others we saw on the trip.
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Cenote Choo-Ha
Cenote Choo-Ha
Along with Tankach-Ha and Multun-Ha, this cenote trio is worth a visit after you're done with exploring the ruins of Coba. Helps to have a car as they're well away from any public transportation options.
Cenote Zaci
Cenote Zaci
Possibly the most convenient cenote in Mexico. Must-visit when in Valladolid.
Cenote Xcanche
Cenote Xcanche
A beautiful cenote in the middle of the Mayan jungle
Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman
Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman
Lovely pool, delicious cocktails, and a stunning cenote in a peaceful setting

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