5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location:Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Xenotes: Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes

Leap into four different cenotes (flooded sinkholes) amid a jungle oasis in the Yucatan – all in one day! Rappel and zipline over rock walls into the crystalline springs, and explore the caverns by kayak, snorkel and inner tube. Enjoy delicious snacks plus a gourmet picnic lunch amid splendid natural surroundings and hear about ancient Mayan legends of mythical guardians that protect these sacred waters. Receive personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 19 people.


  • Mayan cenote adventure tour in the Yucatan
  • Snorkel and kayak in four swimming holes amid aquatic flora and fish
  • Rappel down rock walls in a semi-open cenote and zipline over an ancient cenote
  • Enjoy a variety of cheeses, deli meats, rustic breads and fresh salads for lunch!
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle from Cancun and Riviera Maya hotels
  • Small-group tour limited to 25 ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Not only do you visit four phenomenal cenotes, but you get a chance to snorkel, rappel, kayak and zipline in these gorgeous natural swimming holes!

What You Can Expect

Xenotes: Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes

Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes

Upon hotel pickup in the morning, your friendly guide will greet you with coffee, chocolate and pastries. Sit back and relax aboard your air-conditioned vehicle en route to Puerto Morelos, where cenotes unique to the Yucatan Peninsula await. Learn about the unique geological formations of the water-filled caves, connected by a network of underground rivers, as you explore them with your small group.

The four different types of cenotes you’ll visit symbolize natural elements: fire, water, earth and wind. Each one of these cenotes is a different age, thus giving each a very unique environment from each other. Each Yucatan oasis was considered a source of life to the ancient Maya and represented an entrance to a world of communion with the gods. Your guide will share Mayan legends and mysticism in an atmosphere of fun. Learn about the myth of the alux (spirit beings that guard their cenote domains), which share characteristics of the jungle and its waters.

K’aak (fire) is an open cenote with underground currents, surrounded by vertical walls and exceptional landscapes. Interact with nature as you paddle a kayak or float in an inner tube amid the verdant jungle. Visit Ha’ (water), a cavern cenote with aquatic fauna and beautiful rock formations, and explore underwater gardens of water lilies in a stunning natural setting. Snorkel in calm waters with great visibility as you come face to face with colorful fish.

Next, rappel down the rock walls of Lu’um (earth), a young and semi-open cenote. Here, water flows horizontally and connects to the aquifer through tunnels and caves. Finally, Zoom along parallel ziplines at Lik’ and feel your adrenaline pumping on this high-flying adventure across the pool. Enjoy swimming in the slow-flowing water of this ancient cenote, which is fully exposed to the lush vegetation due to its collapsed walls.

Enjoy chocolate, coffee and oatmeal cookies upon exiting each cenote, except where lunch is served. You’ll dine on a deluxe picnic, including fussily-vegetable soup with a selection of premium quality cheeses and deli meats, accompanied by a variety of rustic breads and fresh salads. Choose from an assortment of water, coffee, wine and beer (in addition to soft drinks and seasonal fruits en route) before drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Mike B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This trip was absolutely brilliant! Amet Diesel is an engaging, amusing and knowledgable guide and makes the whole experience fun. There is some driving between the Cenotes, but Amet's harem scarem technique had us there in no time, bouncing merrily along the way down the potholed and pitted tracks. It is offroad, be aware.

We were lucky to have a small group of 6, adventuresome folk who weren't afraid to get involved in everything and where the chaps involved turned into 12 year old boys at the thought of jumping off things, doing stupid stuff on the zip wires and seeing just how far they could push the activities.

Speaking of the activities, there is plenty of variety throughout the day - the differing cenotes all offer something beautiful and breathtaking and the equipment provided for the activities is new, sturdy and high level. We rappelled, kayaked, zip lines, snorkelled, swam and hiked through the jungle being snapped all the while by the group photographer. The photo's were also surprisingly good value, as unless you have a GoPro you're not going to capture much! You're also not going to capture them from the same angles. 89 for 163 personal photos was certainly much better value that the 38 for 2 photos at Xcaret!!

The food was hot, filling and local - plenty of choice and it felt like lunch was there to be appreciated, not just served as a tick box item on the excursion list.

You do need to be able to swim averagely well, and certainly being able to conquer fears of heights and jumping off things helps. If you're expecting a museum like tour, shuffling round taking photo's, you're not getting it here and frankly, you're just doing it wrong.

If you're going to do a tour excursion, please please do this one, it's worth every penny. Be prepared to get involved, be prepared to be adventurous and be prepared to be blown away by it.

Laura G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing and fun day even in the rain, and our guide Adrien was lovely. Very fun and helpful.

Tori P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We highly recommend doing this! Everything was great from the beginning to the end. They were on time to pick us up. Eduardo was our guide and he was very informative and entertaining. We do recommend bringing water shoes, but they take care of the rest food, towels, gear etc.. The only thing we do not recommend was sitting in the back of the bus. SUPER BUMPY on the non-paved roads. : I would also say buy the pictures! Elias was our photographer and he was great about capturing every moment! It was so nice not to have to worry about capturing everything and they were great quality. We got around 100 photos of just us, on a usb drive for 89 they accept credit cards. Do yourself a favor and book this!! Also, if you have a great time, tip your guide.

Jill M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was amazing! Eduardo, our guide was very informative and made this tour a blast!! And thanks Fredy for the great pictures you took of our family during the tour!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


Cheryl H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Wonderful experience! I felt like our tour guide took excellent care of us. Everything was top notch!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We had a wonderful time on this tour. The cenotes were great. We liked jumping in from the platform where you zipped into the cenote. And you don't just zip once - you do it 3 times! Lunch was good. A photographer took photos at each of the cenotes which we purchased after. It was nice not having to worry about carrying a camera, etc.

Steve G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was a fun adventure with an attentive and helpful staff. The zip lines into the Cenotes are just challenging enough to accommodate the whole family. Those who needed extra help to go down the zip line were treated with respect and encouragement by the staff. I would highly recommend this adventure.

Mario L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a fantastic experience touring the cenotes. Lots of fun! My only regret was it had to end.

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great adventure and great guides. Family had great time at all the Cenotes, a little adventure at each one. Perfect day for the whole family.

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