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Cenote Oxman near Chichen Itza, cenote in Valladolid

The main attraction at Cenote Oxman is its huge opening where you can admire the cenote. The top is surrounded by vegetation that invites birds to find a home inside, other species simply come down to drink water or cool off a little.

To access the cenote Oxman you must enter through a hole where you will descend a spiral staircase until you come across a large stone hole. Immediately you can admire the beauty of the cenote, all of it is surrounded by vegetation and the roots of the trees that fall until they touch the water. The song of the birds that flutter and play throughout the place captivate you and surprise you with the ingenuity they have acquired over the years to live between the holes in the stones. The surrounding is stone walls and wooden platforms so that you can enjoy the view from almost every angle and take countless pictures of this beautiful place.

There’s also a rope that’s use to swing and jump into the cenote, it’s a lot of fun!

How to get to Cenote Oxman.

Chichén Itzá to Cenote Oxman.

You can drive to cenote Oxman or get there as part of a private tour to Chichen Itza. Driving time is around 45 minutes to Cenote Oxman in Valladolid, a cenote near Chichén Itzá.

Cancun to Cenote Oxman.

The easiest way to get to Cenote Oxman 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.

Tulum to Cenote Oxman.

Driving time to Cenote Oxman from Tulum is 1.5 hours. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Playa del Carmen to Cenote Oxman.

Driving time to Cenote Oxman from Playa del Carmen is 2 hours. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Cenote Oxman admission Fee.

Access to Cenote Oxman consists on two different ticket options, all cash only. The first option costs 150 MXN ($7.50) and gets you admission into the cenote only. The second option costs 250 MXN ($12.50) but includes a 200 peso credit to the on-site restaurant and access to the pool.

Cenote Oxman Opening hours.

Cenote Oxman is open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Inclusions and recommendations for Cenote Oxman

  • Cenote Oxman has a restaurant that offers local dishes and beverages.

  • There are two parking lots available at cenote Oxman.

  • 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 Oxman.