Visit the Cenotes in Tulum, Mexico

Claire Miles
Jun 13, 2022

Tulum is a haven of sandy shores, salty air, and endless flora and fauna. It lies on the Yucatan Peninsula, near the Mayan ruins. It was inhabited by the Mayan populations between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, who built numerous temples across the city. Due to its coastal location, Tulum was also a popular trading area, especially for Central America. Today, the city is a popular tourist destination that offers the best natural beauty and historical wonders. The best thing to do in Tulum is to visit the cenotes! There are endless choices both within and outside the city, where you can swim, snorkel, scuba dive, or appreciate the majestic beauty of the natural wonder.

Scuba diver inside cenote in Mexico

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Cenote Calavera is one of the famous ones, and is also known as the Skull Cenote or Temple of Doom, it is the first one located on Coba Road. Cenote Calavera is located 5 minutes from Tulum downtown and 2 km away from the Tulum Ruins. Due to its accessibility, it is a famous cenote for tourists to visit. As a result, it tends to get quite crowded. However, this makes for a perfect opportunity to meet people worldwide. In fact, many tourists liked the crowd, with one claiming that it was good to have others cheering them on when they were hesitant to jump into the cenote.

Cenote Zacil-Ha is not a popular tourist destination and is rated highly by visitors. It is located 8 kilometers away from Tulum town on Highway 109. The crystal waters of the cenote make it a picturesque location and the perfect place to spend your afternoons. Many claim that plenty of cenotes in the area are nearly untouched by visitors, making it an excellent site for adventure seekers to explore. The cenote itself and the surrounding areas are part of the Yucatecan ecosystem, which is home to spectacular birds. You will see plenty of blue and yellow feathered birds above the cenote at any particular time.