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

Acanceh Ruins and Cuzama Cenotes Tour from Merida

Dive into the clear waters of three Cuzama cenotes on this day trip by minivan from Merida. Stop en route at the Mayan site of Acanceh to view the excavated pyramid before visiting a rare Gothic-style church and an old hacienda. A rail-mounted horse-drawn truck takes you to the caverns, where you’ll descend on foot for a refreshing dip in the pools! This activity has a medium to high difficulty level, and lifejackets are available for rental. Enjoy personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 25 people.


  • 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

After morning pickup from your hotel, head to the town of Cuzama by minivan – an approximate 45-minute drive from Merida, the capital of Yucatán. Along the way, stop in the modern town of Acanceh to visit its Mayan archaeological ruins with your small group. Founded between 200 and 300 AD, the site of Acanceh had about 400 buildings, but just three of them have been restored and are open to the public.

See the main structure, a three-leveled step pyramid reaching 36 feet (11 meters) high. Admire several distinctive Mayan masks carved into its stone walls, whose decorative layers were uncovered by archeologists. Your guide will show you the Palace of the Stuccos, a 164-foot (50-meter) wide structure of complex design, including many rooms with detailed friezes.

After touring the site, your guide will drive you small town located near Cuzama - Eknakan, where a Gothic-style church is located. View the church, built in the 18th century, which reveals atypical construction in the Yucatan, where most of the churches were built in the colonial style. Then, continue on to Cuzama and its town square.

Then, visit the hacienda of a former sisal (agave) plantation and board a rail-mounted truck pulled by a horse, taking you to your final destination – three beautiful cenotes. Descend by stairs to the underground limestone caverns, each filled with refreshingly cool and crystal-clear water. Be amazed by the stalagmites and stalactites in this magnificent underwater world as you swim and dive in the cenotes!

After your adventure, your guide will return you to your Merida hotel at approximately 4:30 pm.

Customer Reviews

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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