In Quintana Roo, one of the most popular attractions among locals and travelers, besides paradisiacal beaches, is to swim in the crystalline waters of a cenote. These bodies of water I think are the most beautiful and magical places you can be. Either in an open-air cenote, in the middle of its imposing depths, or under an underground river admiring beautiful light shows.
The exact number of cenotes in the state is not known, however, it is estimated that there are more than 2,500.
Some of the activities that can be done in the Ruta de los Cenotes are: snorkeling, diving, free diving, zip-lining, cycling, abseiling, horseback riding, all-terrain excursions, diving and bird watching, among others.
The cenotes were considered sacred places for the Mayans, so it is very important that we as visitors adopt a similar position and respect the environment. These ecosystems are very fragile, so it is NOT allowed to use any type of sunscreen or suntan lotion, and in some places they will ask you to take a shower before entering the water.
The cenotes are usually quite rustic, do not expect to find great infrastructure in bathrooms or restaurants. Go prepared with a small snack and drinks, as well as a bag to take your trash. And remember to leave everything as you found it, and if you can, it’s cleaner.
This article will tell you the information necessary to travel the Ruta de los Cenotes, however it is best to take a couple of days to know 4 or 5 cenotes, and spend at least one night in the jungle. So you will also have time to get to know Puerto Morelos at night or take a snorkel tour on the reef in the morning.
The cenotes route is located very close to Puerto Morelos, only 25 minutes by car from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
If you are traveling from Cancun, take federal highway 307 in the direction of Playa del Carmen. Passing Puerto Morelos, there will be the diversion to Leona Vicario. This is the road known as La Ruta de los Cenotes.
It can also be reached by taking the road Cancún – Valladolid Carretera Federal 180 for 42 km. Once you arrive at Leona Vicario, you will see on the left the deviation to the Ruta de los Cenotes.
This is the route that I recommend the most, since you can admire the remaining Mayan villages and have lunch at Leona Vicario. Later we give you a couple of recommendations to eat here. Back to Cancun, you can do it on the opposite side, by federal highway 307.
If you are traveling from Playa del Carmen, take the federal highway 307 in the direction of Cancun and take the deviation to the Puerto Morelos – Leona Vicario highway.
The easiest way to travel the Ruta de los Cenotes would be to rent a car since it is not easy to do it by public transport.
Las Mojarras Cenote
This cenote is the largest in the area, it is located at km 12.2 of the Ruta de los Cenotes and its name is due to the mojarras that inhabit it.
With a diameter of 67 meters and 14 meters deep, this open cenote has fresh and fresh water throughout the year, although it is not as crystal clear as other cenotes.
They have services such as horseback riding, ATVs, zip lines, hammocks, grills, picnic area and camping area.
Boca del Puma Cenote
Located at km 16 of the Ruta de los Cenotes, Boca del Puma is actually a natural park of 100 hectares and shelters 250 hectares of virgin forest. It has open and underground cenotes, where you can see impressive formations of stalactites, stalagmites and fossils.
It has 7 zip lines of up to 700 meters that reach a speed of 30 km / h. There is also an old chewing gum area among the vegetation where a guide will explain about the interesting chewing gum technique.
Siete Bocas Cenote
The Siete Bocas cenote is located at km 15.5 of the Puerto Morelos – Leona Vicario highway. This cenote is one of the most beautiful in the area, because as its name indicates, it has seven mouths to see the different entrances to the cenote. Between each mouth, you have to travel a certain distance, some of up to 8 km that you can travel by bicycle.
Their entrances are communicated between them and you can submerge and swim from one to another. Under the water it is possible to observe tunnels with stalactites and stalagmites.
It has basic and very rustic services. It offers a space to prepare roast meats.
Verde Lucero Cenote
It is located at km 17 of the Ruta de los Cenotes road. It is an open-air cenote, which allows us to appreciate its beauty and the variety of colors that water acquires depending on the time of day.
The cenote looks like a crystalline pool and the maximum depth is 20 meters and the average is 10 meters. Other activities that can be done here are snorkeling, zip lines and bird watching.
It also has two natural platforms for diving, one 3 meters high and the other 7 meters approximately.
The general areas are rustic and include bathrooms, chairs and palapas.
La Noria Cenote
It is located at km 20 of the Ruta de los Cenotes, on the left in the direction of Leona Vicario. Follow the directions to the Kin Ha cenote until you see a deviation indicating La Noria. From here a dirt road for 1.5 km.
La Noria is an underground cenote and is one of the largest cenotes of the route, 18 meters deep and 47 meters wide.
It offers a circuit of zip lines and ATVs through the jungle, and have a camping area. This site is also known by locals as an excellent option for cycling.
Kin Ha Cenote
It is located at km 20 of the Puerto Morelos – Leona Vicario highway. This unique cenote belongs to a system of underground rivers and its name in Mayan means “sun and water”.
The Kin Ha cenote has a diameter of 40 meters and a depth of 50, making it perfect for diving, free diving and cave diving. The sun’s rays that filter through this body of water create a beautiful spectacle of light. More deep stalactites can be seen in the deep.
Other activities that can be done here are: kayak, zip lines, temazcal, snorkel and diving.
Located at km 19 of the Ruta de los Cenotes, the Toh Reserve is located in the Mayan jungle, and more than a cenote, is a biological reserve of 500 hectares that I consider you should know.
The Toh Reserve is 100% focused on carrying out environmental conservation activities, and so far they have done very well, since in recent years there has been more wildlife in their surroundings such as deer, jaguars, monkeys and tapir. In addition to having the largest plantation in all of Quintana Roo of red cedar, an endangered species.
With the help of a specialized guide, you can tour the jungle and have a unique experience. In this reserve it is possible to observe more than 100 types of birds and, with luck, spot deer, monkeys or some tapir.
Within the reserve there are also three cenotes of great beauty, one of them is known to have a cave inhabited by beautiful birds called Toh, hence the name of this place.
Other activities that can be performed in the Toh Reserve are nocturnal walks and meditations. Lunches are also available if booked in advance.
Escrito por Emilio el 01/06/2019 Categorías: Adventures