Cenote Maya is a natural paradise near Chichén Itzá, in Valladolid, Yucatán. This cenote is located inside an impressive cave and has 55 ft (17 m) of depth. The cave is filled with the roots from the trees from above, making this a place where you can really feel the natural essence. Cenote Maya is also known as Cenote Maya Park, an eco-tourist park that has 10 hectares of mere natural charm and it even has a replica of El Castillo of Chichén Itzá.
One of the main characteristics of the cenote is its impressive 80-meter diameter vault, the largest in the Yucatan Peninsula. To descend and admire its beauty there are two options, both of which are full of adventure and fun.
The first is the most impressive, it consists of rappelling down and reaching the depths of the cenote, during the descent you can admire all the charm of this natural sanctuary. The other option is through a wooden staircase that reaches a platform, whose purpose is for visitors to throw themselves into the void and refresh themselves.
Once down, you can swim calmly and do some snorkeling to enjoy and admire the depths of this body of water, or simply contemplate the beauty of this cavity, attached by the roots of the trees that descend the stone walls.
The easiest way to get to Cenote Maya from Cancun is by car. You can rent a car or book a private tour that drive you there. The private tour includes the 2.5 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.
Driving time to Cenote Maya from Tulum is 1.5 hours . You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.
Driving time to Cenote Maya from Playa del Carmen is 2 hours. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.
Admission fee to Cenote Maya is $390 MXN for national tourists, and $500 MXN for international tourists.
Cenote Maya is open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm.
Available parking lot.
Rent of lifejackets and snorkeling gear 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.