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Cenote Cristalino near Chichen Itza, cenote Playa del Carmen

Cenote Cristalino is a natural sinkhole that makes honor to its name and has one of the most crystalline waters you’ll find in a cenote.

What makes cenote Cristalino stand out from the rest is the abundance of vegetation around this sinkhole, as it enhance the fact that the cenote is in the middle of the Yucatecan jungle. The fact that its waters are so clear allow you to sea all kind of small fish and the beautiful flora.

Cenote Cristalino is located in the Playa del Carmen, in the heart of the Riviera Maya. This is one of the most beautiful mexican cenotes, and it’s deserving of a whole day of your vacations. You can have a picnic in the area and enjoy the day swimming at the cenotes near by. The depth of cenote Cristalino goes from 3.2 ft to 19.6 ft.

Cenote Cristalino is located in a corner of Playa del Carmen and could be the perfect getaway for you if you are a lover of nature and relaxing places, as it is far away from the crowds and any kind of city noise.

How to get to Cenote Cristalino.

Chichén Itzá to Cenote Cristalino.

You can drive to Cenote Cristalino or get there as part of a private tour to Chichen Itza. Driving time is 2 hrs 30 minutes to Cenote Cristalino in Playa del Carmen. There are two main roads, to drive to Tulum or to Playa del Carmen.

Cancun to Cenote Cristalino.

The easiest way to get to Cenote Cristalino from Cancun is by car. You can rent a car or book a private tour that drive you there. The private tour includes the 1.5 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 Cristalino.

Driving time to Cenote Cristalino from Tulum is 30 minutes. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Playa del Carmen to Cenote Cristalino.

Driving time to Cenote Cristalino from Playa del Carmen is 25 minutes. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Cenote Cristalino admission Fee.

Access to Cenote Cristalino goes around $150 pesos to $200 pesos.

Cenote Cristalino Opening hours.

Cenote Cristalino is open from Monday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm.

Inclusions and recommendations for Cenote Cristalino

  • The price of the ticket includes access to the parking lot and the rent of lifejackets.

  • The use of lifejackets is know mandatory in the cenotes, we kindly ask you to follow the instructions and use it.

  • 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 Cristalino .