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Cenote Calaveras near Chichen Itza, cenote the Riviera Maya

Cenote Calavera is so called because it looks like a skull: there is one main hole and two smaller ones that look like eyes.

The water here is quite clear, and this area is popular with divers because the visibility is very good. Visiting this cenote is definitely one of the best things to do in Tulum.

This cenote is a less popular one in Yucatan, which means that, if you are lucky, you can have it all to yourself.

Cenote Calavera is located approximately 3 kilometers from the Tulum Archaeological Zone in the direction of Coba. Cenote Calavera is a young semi-open cenote with a circumference of approximately 160 meters, and can be accessed by wooden stairs or jumping from the surface in any of its 3 holes.

The Cenote Calavera, when viewed from above, and through which the sun's rays burst into this small vault illuminating its waters creating a spectacle inside. Snorkeling and diving are the most popular activities in this small paradise, thanks to the clarity of the water, its temperature and little influx of tourism.

If you have plans to visit Tulum and do the Cenotes Route, you can't miss Cenote Calavera. It is located just 4 kilometers from the Tulum Archaeological Zone.

How to get to Cenote Calavera.

Chichén Itzá to Cenote Calavera.

You can drive to Cenote Calavera or get there as part of a private tour to Chichen Itza. Driving time is around 2 hours to Cenote Calavera in Tulum, a cenote near Chichén Itzá.

Cancun to Cenote Calavera.

The easiest way to get to Cenote Calavera from Cancun is by car. You can rent a car or book a private tour that drive you there. The private tour includes the 2 hour drive to the cenote, the drive to Chichen Itza, and any stop you want to add. The whole tour lasts 10 hours. This is an ideal option especially if you travel with a group.

Tulum to Cenote Calavera.

Driving time to Cenote Calavera from Downtown Tulum is 10 minutes. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle. People also rent a bike from Tulum Town, and it takes 20 minutes on bike.

Playa del Carmen to Cenote Calavera.

Driving time to Cenote Calavera from Playa del Carmen is 1 hours. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Cenote Calavera admission Fee.

Admission fee to Cenote Calavera is $100 MXN.

Cenote Calavera Opening hours.

Cenote Calavera is open from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

Inclusions and recommendations for Cenote Calavera

  • This place has a resting area, armchairs, lots of vegetation and, of course, a bathroom.

  • Available parking lot.

  • There’s no restaurant on site, but there’s a convenience store close by.

  • Rent of lifejackets is available at the site.

  • The use of any sunblock is forbidden when getting into the cenote. Remember to rinse off any lotion you may have on before swimming in the cenote.

FAQs about Cenotes

  1. What’s a “cenote”?

    Cenotes are underground caves that contain deep waters, created where a cave ceiling has collapsed. Cenotes were the Mayan civilization's only source of water in the jungle and are considered sacred by the Mayan people. The Mayans perceived these natural pools as an entrance to their "underworld" or "Xibalba" where their gods still exist and their spirits live after death.

  2. Can you swim in a cenote?

    In most of them yes! You’re always welcome to swim in a cenote, but some may be restricted to the public due safety measures. You may also encounter cenotes like the Sacred Cenote in Chichén Itzá, that hold a very special value for the culture and are not open for swimming.

  3. How deep are cenotes?

    Some cenotes in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan can go as deep as 10 to 40 meters (32 to 131 ft).

  4. How many cenotes are in Yucatan?

    There are around 7,000 cenotes in Yucatan, and only 142 are available to visit, which means that 98% of the Yucatan cenotes are still unexplored.

Photos of Cenote Calavera.