The Ruta de los Cenotes, a route not to be missed in the Riviera Maya

On your next trip to the Riviera Maya, we highly recommend visiting some of the wonderful cenotes in this area to admire the natural beauty of these places.

The cenotes, considered by the Mayans to be sacred spaces, are natural pools with crystal-clear water connected to each other by means of subterranean currents. They are all located mainly in the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

The Ruta de los Cenotes, which is located near Cancun and Puerto Morelos, includes eight wonderful places with different sizes and depths. Some outdoors and others inside caves, they offer visitors a unique experience since you can go in most of them to cool off.

This route is considered one of the most booming ecotourism attractions and is made up of almost 31 miles of dense jungle. On your route, you can also do different types of activities like rappelling, snorkeling, hiking, diving and zip lining.

Here are the main cenotes that make up the route:

Cenote Siete Bocas

With a unique story, this cenote was well known for its natural gum fields where workers extracted rubber from huge sapodilla trees and exported it to North America and Europe.

Cenote Las Mojarras

Located in Cenote Las Mojarras Park, it is 46 feet deep and 213 meters wide. Here you can jump into the water from a tower. It also has an area to have a picnic and camp.

Cenote Verde Lucero

As its name suggests, the cenote is light green. To get there, you must hike and then go down wooden steps until you reach the wonderful natural pool.

Cenote Boca del Puma

Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, this is one of the most well-known cenotes due to its history and culture. Plus, you can do activities like cycling, snorkeling, rappelling and zip lining.

Chilam Balam

In the impressive Chilam Balam cenote, you can go scuba diving, snorkeling, or simply go swimming to take in the amazing nature that surrounds it.

Kin Ha

It is one of the most visited since its wonderful natural charms attract nature lovers, both tourists and locals.


Famous for its attractive Maya zip line, with green and crystal-clear water, this cenote is approximately 118 feet wide and has lots of fish.

La Noria

This cenote is perfect for diving lovers and is part of the group of cenotes known as Tres Reyes.

The perfect time to visit them is noon since at this time, the dazzling sun creates a spectacle of greens, blues and yellows in the crystal-clear water. Sometimes you can see the bottom of the cenote, which goes from 33, 98 and up to 197 feet deep.

Enjoy the wonderful natural charms that the beautiful Riviera Maya has to offer!

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  • Terry Condon
    25 June, 2019 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    Actually a question. If we rent a car to visit the cenotes in the area, how is parking? If you need to walk aways through jungle to get to one from main road, is there parking on main road or are all accessable by car. Would we need a jeep or a compct would be fine? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Aaron Hernandez (Author)
      25 June, 2019 at 9:34 pm — Reply

      Good afternoon. We recommend to rent a jeep because is more easy to move through the zone and get more easily to the cenotes. These parks generally have parking lot areas and then you have to walk a short distance. Also if you don´t want to drive there are many travel agents that have excursions dialy to many cenotes and other atractions around Cancún. Have a wonderful day!

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