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Cenotes near Mérida and Valladolid

2 Aug, 2022

As many seek adventure, everybody looks for fun activities to do when traveling. Cenotes are both, fun and mysterious. Cenotes are sacred sites for Mayan people, but thankfully enough, many are open to visitors. You can relax and enjoy the cool underground flows of water in the midst of nature. In this article, we share some of the many cenotes along the route to Chichen Itza. Looking for Cenote Yucatan, Cenote Merida, Cenote Chichen Itza? We’ve got you covered. You can find out more about cenotes here.


Cenotes Merida - Chichen Itza

Cenote Tsukán

Cenote Tsukan

Cenote Tsukán is named after the serpent that protects the Mayan waters. Do not worry, the only animals you will see are little fish. The dzonoot or cenotes were sacred places for the Mayans. It is said that they were considered passages to hell. Today they are a natural attraction of our country.

This is one of the 8 thousand cenotes that exist in the Yucatan Peninsula, which has the largest network of underground rivers in the world. These types of underground water bodies are common in this area of the country because the soil is made of limestone and allows water filtration. If you come to the south of Mexico it is essential that you visit one of the magnificent cenotes and which is better than the Tsúkan Cenote.


Cenote Yokdzonot

Cenote Yokdzonot

The Cenote of Yokdzonot is located 18 kilometers west of Pisté, and 15 kilometers west of Chichén Itzá. If you take the free highway it is only 300 meters from Merida to Chichen Itza. With a width of 40 meters and a depth of 35 to 45 meters approximately (since not even the divers who have come to know this incredible place have been able to find the bottom) it is one of the cenotes that you should definitely visit.


Cenote Chihuan

Chihuan Cenote

This Cenote is considered the most beautiful and safest in the State; It is located on private land and the owner has made it very comfortable and accessible for swimming, snorkeling or diving (he built rustic stairs, a concrete platform, lighting, etc.) so that all families could enjoy this wonderful place.

Located in Holcá, Kantunil, not only allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of Yucatán but also its cultural heritage, since it is located in the heart of the Mayan civilization, about 30 minutes from Chichén Itzá and one hour from Valladolid.

Cenotes Chichen Itza - Valladolid

Cenote Ik Kil

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil cenote is located outside Piste in the Tinum Municipality, Yucatan, Mexico. It is located in the northern center of the Yucatan Peninsula and is part of the Ik Kil Archeological Park near Chichen Itza. Cenote Ik Kil, as we mentioned before, is on the highway to Valladolid Yucatan. In the Mayan language, Ik Kil means The Place of The Winds, and it was considered sacred by the Mayans who used the site as a location for human sacrifice to their rain god, Chaac. Bones and pieces of jewelry were found in the deep waters of this cenote by archaeologists and speleologists.

The water level of Cenote Ik Kil is about 30 meters (90 feet) lower than the surface. The walls of Cenote Ik Kil go straight down to the bottom of the cenote at 50 meters (150 feet) below the water level, which makes this sinkhole 80 meters (240 feet) deep. 


Grutas Balankanche

Balankanche in Yucatan

The explored parts of the grotto comprise more than one kilometer of trails. Along this corridor, the passages are occasionally interrupted by large chambers about 10 meters high and 25 meters wide. At 200 meters from the entrance is the Throne of Balam, a kind of altar where the Maya performed some kind of ceremony and to which the caves owe their name. There is also a semi-dry lake where Mayan offerings, shells, and pieces of jade lie scattered. In addition, incense burners, metals, miniature plates, jewelry, ceramic offerings, figures of the god Chaac, jade jaguars, and hand prints on the walls have been found throughout the interior of the grotto.

Balankanché is worthy of being visited for its archaeological importance, with the respect that a sacred place of the Maya deserves. It is located 6 km from Chichén Itzá and 35 km from Valladolid.


Cenote Saamal

Cenote Saamal

Cenote Saamal is managed by "Hacienda Selva Maya", and is located 4 km from Valladolid, on the federal highway Valladolid-Mérida km 3.5; just at the entrance to Dzitnup.

This is one of the largest cenotes in the area, it is characterized by an opening of approximately 50 meters in diameter; in which to access its fresh waters, you have to descend almost 20 meters through rock stairs and finally, wooden stairs. Its depth is greater than 50 meters and it has an artificial waterfall.

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