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Best Cenotes around Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula

By Viator, February 2016

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Naturally formed sinkholes pockmarking the limestone turf of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, cenotes are among the world’s most unique natural phenomenon. Used as a water source by the Incas and revered as sacred "portals to the underworld," thousands of cenotes of all shapes and sizes can be found around Cancun and the Yucatan region, forming a vast network of underground lakes, caves and caverns begging to be explored. Today, visiting the cenotes is a popular tourist activity with opportunities for swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling inside the cenotes as well as ziplining, kayaking and tubing.

Two of the most famous cenotes of the Yucatan are Ik-Kil, known as the sacred cenote and as one of the most photogenic with its glittering waterfalls, high vertical walls and swinging vines; and Cenote Dos Ojos or Two Eyes, which boasts over 500 meters of underwater caves and is a hotspot for scuba diving. The Gran Cenote, located close to Tulum, is another popular choice, an enormous lake cave, home to a sizable population of sea turtles and tropical fish. Other cenotes worth a visit include Chelentun, known for its azure waters and dripping stalactites, the Chaak Tun caves nearby Playa del Carman, and the many cenotes surrounding Cuzama, Valladolid and Cenotillo.

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Cancun Combo Tour: ATV and Zipline with Cenote Swim, Cancun, null
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Cancun Combo Tour: ATV and Zipline with Cenote Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

Set out on an eco-adventure through the Cancun jungle via zipline and ATV on this exciting combo tour, including a visit to a refreshing cenote! Soar through ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.99
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Turtles, Snorkeling and Cenotes Adventure in Akumal, Cancun, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Turtles, Snorkeling and Cenotes Adventure in Akumal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Enjoy a half-day tour in Akumal as you go snorkeling and visit the coral reef where you can see and closely swim with groupers fish and turtles. Turtle ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.50
Xenotes: Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes, Cancun, Snorkeling
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Xenotes: Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.99
All-Inclusive Self-Drive Hummer Tour: Ziplining, Cenote and Interactive Zoo, Cancun, Day Trips
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All-Inclusive Self-Drive Hummer Tour: Ziplining, Cenote and Interactive Zoo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Explore Cancun like never before - through the jungle and in a Hummer or Jeep! Hop aboard a fully automatic Hummer and take the adventure of a lifetime, ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.99
Cancun Cenote Tour: Snorkeling, Rappelling and Ziplining, Cancun, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Cancun Cenote Tour: Snorkeling, Rappelling and Ziplining

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Experience an action-packed adventure deep inside the Yucatán jungle on this 6-hour tour from Cancun. With the help of a guide, wander through Sac Actun ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99
Cancun Zipline, ATV and Cenote Swim Adventure at Selvatica, Cancun, Cultural Tours
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Cancun Zipline, ATV and Cenote Swim Adventure at Selvatica

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Jump-start your adrenaline with this half-day eco-adventure through Selvatica, an award-winning Cancun jungle park. Soar through the rainforest canopy on 12 ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.99
Cancun 2-Tank Cenote (Cave) Dive, Cancun, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Cancun 2-Tank Cenote (Cave) Dive

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Spend a day in Puerto Aventuras exploring the underwater world of cenotes, the largest underground cavern system in the world. See the fascinating limestone ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $178.99
Cenotes Mayas Adventure from Cancun, Cancun, Scuba Diving
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Cenotes Mayas Adventure from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Mysticism, nature and adventure in 4 different cenotes close to Cancun. Disconnect from the world and connect with nature, in a day filled with exciting ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

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