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  • Location:Merida, Mexico
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Acanceh Ruins and Cuzama Cenotes Tour from Merida

Plunge into the clear waters of three mystical Mexican cenotes on a day trip from Merida. Explore the atmospheric ruins at the ancient Mayan city of Acanceh and discover an enigmatic Gothic-style church. Board a rail-mounted horse-drawn drunk to journey to the subterranean cenotes and descend into the glittering grottos beneath. Revitalize with a refreshing dip in the water while enjoying the tranquil ambience of these natural wonders. The difficulty level of the activity is medium to high and life jackets are available for rental.


  • Day tour of Cuzama cenotes from Merida
  • Visit the excavated Mayan pyramid of Acanceh
  • Admire the Spanish church in Cuzama, built in an unusual Gothic style
  • Ride along the rails atop a horse-drawn buggy at a sisal plantation
  • Swim through the crystalline waters of three cenotes sacred to the Maya
  • Small-group tour limited to 25 people ensures personal attention from your guide

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What You Can Expect

Acanceh Ruins and Cuzama Cenotes Tour from Merida

Spend the day at Cuzama cenote

Rise early and meet your guide at your hotel. Begin your spectacular cenote tour by travelling to the traditional town of Cuzama in a comfortable minivan, stopping along the way to visit the archeological treasures of Acanceh. Marvel at the ancient site founded between 200 and 300 AD, admiring several restored buildings. 

The principal structure is undoubtedly the three-leveled excavated pyramid, whose 36-foot (11-meter) height provides impressive stature. Investigate the intricate carvings of the exterior, looking out for Mayan masks and detailed decorations. Follow your guide and venture inside Palace of the Stuccos, a 164-foot (50-meter) structure that harbors rich friezes and delicate carvings. 

Next, return to your minivan for the short journey to Cuzama. Here, an architectural anomaly resides; the Gothic-style church differs greatly to other colonial Yucatan structures with its splintering spire and vaulted archways. See, too, Cuzama’s charming town square before departing to the next stop. 

Finally, visit a rustic hacienda in order to explore the subterranean cenotes. A rail-mounted horse and cart takes you on a scenic journey through verdant forest to the sparkling pools. Descend the stairs into the gorgeous grottos, appreciating the totally tranquil atmosphere and cavernous beauty. Refresh and revitalize in the crystal clear water, gazing in wonder at the stalagmites and stalactites that decorate the underground wonderland. 

After swimming in these secretive and secluded spots, your driver will return you to your hotel in Merida. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is the most amazing tour I've ever done. Acanceh ruins are not very big but are VERY interesting. The centotes are just incredible, the tructruc little cart pulled by a horse drive through the hacienda is fun, and swimming in the cenotes is a fantastic experience. Great tour, incredible experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We had a great experience! Our guide was awesome! Very informative, friendly, knowledgeable, prompt, and an all-around great tour guide...someone you want to have for every tour in every country you visit. We visited all three cenotes, and spent a long time in the third one as well as had breakfast in the town and enjoyed the market. I would take the tour all over again. Beautiful and very memorable time. THANK YOU!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Excellent day out , lots of fun good family outing - great swimming

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Very enjoyable. We were traveling with 3 teenage children - whom are hard to impress. But they were - amazing. The Cenotes were spectacular and so was our guide Nelson. Well done

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Simply a fantastic day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

But, I can not joy the tour, bacause I must not local people.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Simply awe-inspiring!!!!! I want to go back again ASAP :-)

Rima K

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Great day our guide, Cesar, clearly enjoys his job and has a great rapport with locals at Acanceh. The cenotes are beautiful, and I would definitely recommend swimming in the largest of them.

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