The 11 best cenotes of Yucatan in Homun (and Cuzamà) [2022] (2023)

Heritage of the Mayan culture the cenotes of Yucatanare deep underwater lakes where water is filtered through the rocks both from the surface (rain) and from underneath (sea). The result is this beautiful oasis of cold sweet water to cool off during the summer heat.

The entire flat and low Yucatan Peninsula is made of limestone bedrocks which allow the rainwater to filtrate the soil allowing huge deposits of water and underground rivers.

The importance of the cenotes goes back to the Mayan times, the pre-Hispanic population that inhabits this area.

They used the cenotes not only as precious and unique sourcesof water provision but also as sacred places for their religious ceremonies.

Read more about the history and geology of the Cenotes.

In Homun you will find some of the best cenotes in Yucatan and in this post, I am going to tell you how to get there and what you will find.

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Anillo de los Cenotes: Los cenotes de Homun y Cuzama

Situated at about 40 minute drive from Merida, “El Anillo de Los cenotes (the cenotes’ ring) is an area that is blessed with an infinite number of cenotes and not all of them have probably been discovered yet.

Among Merida Cenotes, Homun and Cuzamà are among the most popular sites where to see the best of Yucatan Cenotes.

It’s not by chance that the Anillo de los cenotes are situated right on the same imaginary line caused by the popular meteorites of Chicxulub.

I will talk more inthis article about the history of Yucatan cenotes.

The evidence of so many cenotes helped put the two small towns of Homun and Cuzamà on the map for those savvy travelers in search of natural beauties, as it’s where there is the major concentration of cenotes within the entire Yucatan Peninsula.

After the growth of interest among tourists from all over the world, both towns have been organizing tours for those who prefer to be guided, even though the majority of the cenotes are at an easy reach and well marked.

Of the two towns, Homun has been the one that made the best of it, thanks to the huge number of cenotes on its premises.

I have visited both Homun and Cuzamà. In this post, I am talking about Homun Cenotes only.

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Homun Cenotes

I went twice to visit Homun at different times of the year. The first time it was too late in the afternoon and I had little time for a visit so I checked about 4 cenotes only and I went with a guide just for the sake of trying.

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The second time I was there for a couple of days by car, but my car broke down so I didn’t want to take a chance and again I went with a guide. I have seen about 10 cenotes in one day if I remember well, but I didn’t stay long and take a swim.

I was there to check them all out so that I could write about it. That’s why I could see so many in one day. Here below I will tell you about all the cenotes I have seen.

Cenotes of Homun

In Homun some of the cenotes are within a walking distance of the town such as the caves of Santa Rosa, the cenote Santa Rosa, San Antonio, Tzu jun cat.

All the rest are in the surrounding area but you will need transportation to get there. Here is the list of what I have seen and some others that I have missed.

I really suggest that you should check it out.

1. Cenote Bal-Min

It means “hidden cenote” in the Mayan language (or so I was told) – it’s about 7 mt deep and you can find beautiful giant stalactites and stalagmites formations besiderock paintings.

It’s easily accessible, as two metal stairs are conveniently placed for the descent and ascent, respectively. You can find rustic changing rooms and bathrooms before entering the cenote.

2. Cenote Tzau Jun Cat

Meaning “sounds of mud”, it’s 8 mt ( about 24ft) deep. This one is the oldest, one of the first to be discovered and it’s a public one as opposed to the others which belong to private owners.

It costs 20 pesos only. It’s located right outside town on the way to Cuzamà. It’s a walking distance from the town center.

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3. Cenote Holcosom

Situate on the same unpaved road of Cenote Balmain, it’s smaller and probably less impactful but it’s still worth a visit. The descent is comfortable on metal stairs.

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4. Cenote San Antonio

This is not one of my favorites, because they had to build a concrete platform to access it. The entrance and platform are very small. You cannot jump because the deep water is far from the platform.

Here they also have cabañas with hammocksor where you can set up your tent for 80/100 pesos

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On another side of the main road, you will find another group of cenotes, two of which are quite remarkable.

5. Cenote Santa Rosa

This other beautiful example of the cenote is relatively smaller but certainly worth a visit. They also have cabañas where you can stay and of course, changing rooms and toilets.

6. Cenote Canunchen

On the same road to Bal Mil, they are quite similar in structure. You have stairs to ascent and descent, very easy to access, and a wooden platform. Canunchen is a little smaller inside. Both have changingrooms and bathrooms in the outside area.

7. Santa Maria Caves

I can’t believe I had them right beside the hotel where I was staying and I didn’t go, despite I knew. Mysterious games our minds play every now and then. I hope to go back someday.

They are popular for healing mud that you can wear on your skin. Not sure how healing it is but it’s sure fun. Once you get there they explain how it works.

You will walk into the caves in a subterranean river untilyou will bump into a cenote of crystal clear waters. I am sure it must have been a beauty. Maybe if you are a little claustrophobic consider asking how long the walk last.

8/9. 3 Oches (2 cenotes)

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The meaning is 3 fox. It’s the one on the main picture of this post. As you can see it’s very narrow and deep with wooden made stairs and a wooden platform from where you could jump.

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It’s 9 mt deep in the center. I really love it as it’s more natural without any cement platforms which are helpful to facilitate the access but they take away the charm of such a natural work of art.

I went back to visit these cenotes recently as I am updating this post and they have done a wonderful job to make the descent easier in the first cenote. They are still very natural and kept with their original shape. Here are some pictures.

If you are feeling more adventurous the local guy, which is the son of the owner, can take you down a small cave I didn’t go as I am a little claustrophobic but if you do, please let me know.

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10. Cenote Yaxchabaltun

Yaxchabaltun means green “mazorca” on stone – TUN meaning stone in Mayan ( So I was told)

This is close to Homun town, on the same unpaved road that takes you to 3 Ochos and another.

Man-made stairs will take you to a concrete platform from which you can comfortably step down the stairs or jump in the cenote. The cenote is 15 mt deep. Suitable for family and kids.

11. Cenotes Santa Barbara

It’s a group with 3 cenotes, nicely organized and well maintained, located on the premises of what has been an old hacienda of Yucatan.

You pay 250 mxn to see the 3 cenotes, including the use of the bike, or a ride on the horse chariot, life jacket, which is mandatory for safety reasons and you can include a local lunch for an extra 100 MXN ( I didn’t try it so I am not sure about the quality of the food, but I am sure it’s quite basic)

I choose to ride a bike and got to the 2nd cenote first where I was on my own with other 4 people only.

You should then move on to the first cenote and lastly to the third because it’s on the way back as you ride on a circuit.

But since they are only 50 mt apart you can choose depending on how busy they are.

The first cenote was in fact overcrowded so I decided to just take a couple of shots and leave.

I can’t enjoy a cenote when there are too many people. It takes away the magic.

Here below some pics.

Find the cenotes on Google Map.

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How to get to Homun

If you are traveling by bus you will find regular buses from the bus terminal station in Merida and the “combi” – minivans- leaving from the same road just outside the terminal.

They are very frequent so you don’t have to worry about availability. Busses to Homun leave also from Valladolid and from Pistè (close to Chichen- Iza).

If you are driving your car on the road to or from Merida, you need to follow the indication to Acanchè. Cuzamà is about 5 km after Acanchè and Homun is the following town.


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How to visit the cenotes of Homun

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Whether you arrive on your own vehicle or by bus, you will find a local tricycle bike with a small chart that offers tours and will take you all around the area. Or better said, they will find you.

If you have your own vehicle you have 2 choices go at your own pace by car or leave your car parked and ask one of the guides to take you. Either way is good. If you go on your own you won’t get lost. The cenotes are all well marked and you cannot miss them.

The majority are located all along one small unpaved and narrow path in the jungle you can see them one after the other along the road. The entrance is approximately30 pesos each ( at the time I have visited) – 1,50$.

If you decide to go with one of the tourguides, it’s still a good choice because they know their way around very well and they would tell you stories about the discovery of these cenotes, besides you will help the local economy.

Normally the tour lasts from 9 or 10 until5,you set the time as it’s a private tour. It costs around 300/400 pesos ( about 15USD) and you have the guide all toyourself. A tip is always appreciated if you are happy with the service.

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What to bring

Make sure you have your swimsuit, a towel, and a repellent (better if ecological), sunscreen that you should wear only after swimming in the cenote.

If you want to bring your mask in some cenotes it will turn out useful. Dress light but I would recommend comfortable closed shoes to protect you from insects.

They are not dangerous but certainly annoying.

Cenotes rules

As in every natural place, I always like to recommend following some commonsense rules in order to preserve the environment which I am sure you know already but a gentle reminder is never in excess.

  • don’t wear any sunscreen or repellent before bathing in the cenotes
  • don’t leave anything that doesn’t belong to the place
  • don’t hang on to stalactites or stalagmites or trees roots
  • don’t do anything that can damage the environment

Where to stay in Homun

In town, there is one modest but very decent hotel called Santa Maria, which is actually close to the beautiful Santa Maria Caves.


For sure there are other small hotels in town, which you won’t see on a booking page since are small family-owned properties and they cannot afford to stay on the most popular site.

You can just show up and ask for availability.

If you wish to have a luxury experience, among the luxury haciendas scattered around Yucatan, the closest to the cenotes is the stunningSac chic, in Acanchè, just 5 km from Homun.

I visited the hotel during my stay in the area, and I was totally blown away. Here you can check my review and how to book it.

If you want to learn about more cenotes

Cancun Cenotes: the 21 most spectacular

Cenotes near Cancun

The best cenotes in Riviera Maya – an essential guide

Yucatan cenotes: Cuzama – Is it ethical to visit?

The best cenotes around Valladolid, Mexico

The 15 best cenotes in Tulum that you absolutely cannot miss

How to visit the 3 Coba cenotes – an unmissable experience!

La Ruta de los Cenotes – Cancun closest cenotes to visit in a half-day trip

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Located an hour's colectivo ride from Merida, Homun is a small town with over 20 (yes 20!) drop-dead gorgeous cenotes.

What is the most famous cenote? ›

1. Cenote Dos Ojos. Located halfway between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Cenote Dos Ojos is filled with sparkling, turquoise water and is one of the best cenotes in Tulum as well as one of the most famous on the Yucatan Peninsula. Wooden stairs lead down to the clear water, where limestone rocks hang low over the cenote ...

Which cenote has crocodiles? ›

The crocodile's name is “Panchito.” He is of the. Moreletii species, also known as “Mexican crocodile” and he is the inhabitant of the Cenote Manatí or Casa.

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Do all cenotes have crocodiles? ›

Yes and no. In pretty much any body of fresh water in the Yucatan Peninsula you'll be able to find a croc, but they prefer large bodies of shallow water. Since cenotes are sinkholes that are usually small and deep, there's not a large crocodile issue, since there's nowhere for the crocs to bask in the sun.

Do cenotes have snakes? ›

You may also see other jungle creatures near the cenotes, including iguanas, snakes, and birds.

Can a shark live in a cenote? ›

More remains of the world's largest shark found in the depths of a cenote in Yucatán. Divers discovered another tooth from one of the world's largest predators in an undisclosed cenote in Yucatán.

How much time do you need at a cenote? ›

if you don't have much time then 1 hour is sufficient for gran Cenote. it won't take long to get to tulum ruins from gran Cenote by taxi and I would allocate 2 hours for the ruins.

What is the biggest cenote in Mexico? ›

The Sac Actun system, which has taken the name of the largest cenote of the two that form it, swapped the first position of the ranking with the Ox Bel Ha system. This is 167 miles / 270 kilometers long and it is located south of Tulum.

What is the biggest cenote in the world? ›

The entrance to the cenote is only a part, because inside, a complex network of underground tunnels is connected to each other. Such is the case of the Sac Actun system, the largest in the world, and its entrance, the Nohoch Nah Chich cenote.

Do cenotes have bacteria? ›

According to the Directorate for Protection Against Sanitary Risks of Quintana Roo, also known by its Spanish acronym of COFEPRIS, a significant amount of bacteria, such as Escherichia Coli, commonly known as E. Coli, has been found in at least three cenotes close to Tulum and surrounding areas.

What did Mayans call the cenotes? ›

These wells owe their name to the Mayans, who baptized them with the word Dz'onot, which means 'cavern with water', and from there it derived its current name: cenotes.

What are the 4 types of cenotes? ›

There are 4 different types of cenotes, and they have been grouped into different categories, since they have very clear differences, which we will explain below; the different types of cenotes are open to the ground, semi-open, closed and deep open.

Are there mosquitos at cenotes? ›

Sun, mosquitos, and insects will keep you company during your tour. It is important to care for your health. Please avoid using chemicals as blockers or insect repellents that harm the environment. Water: Hot and humid weather is what you will find at the cenotes area.

Can you drink water from a cenote? ›

Because there are no above-ground rivers in the Yucatan, the cenotes have served as crucial sources of drinking water.

Are there alligators in Mexican cenotes? ›

If you've visited Tulum, Playa del Carmen or one of the surrounding areas, you've probably visited a cenote. But, have you ever wondered if there were any crocodiles in the cenotes? Well, the answer is: yep, crocodiles can be found in some of the cenotes.

Are cenotes in Mexico cold? ›

- Is the water in a cenote cold? On average it is usually 75°F, which may seem cold, but believe me that in spring, summer, and autumn in the Riviera Maya, it will hardly be enough to cool you off from the heat that is usually between 100°F and 107°F.

What does cenote mean in Spanish? ›

masculine noun (Central America, Mexico) natural well.

What is the largest cenote in the Yucatan? ›

The entrance to the cenote is only a part, because inside, a complex network of underground tunnels is connected to each other. Such is the case of the Sac Actun system, the largest in the world, and its entrance, the Nohoch Nah Chich cenote.

Is Uxmal better than Chichen Itza? ›

In summary, if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy getting closer to historical artefacts, Uxmal is your best bet. But if you're aching to see a modern wonder of the world, you should go to Chichen Itza.

Are there crocodiles in Yucatan cenotes? ›

If you've visited Tulum, Playa del Carmen or one of the surrounding areas, you've probably visited a cenote. But, have you ever wondered if there were any crocodiles in the cenotes? Well, the answer is: yep, crocodiles can be found in some of the cenotes.

What is the deepest cenote in Mexico? ›

At a depth of 282 meters, Zacatón, in the state of Tamaulipas is the deepest cenote in Mexico.

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What is the most famous ruin in Mexico? ›

Chichen Itza is the most popular of the Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula and the most visited in all of Mexico. Its striking architecture and unique history earned it a spot on the list of the new 7 Wonders of the World back in 2001.

What is the most beautiful beach in Tulum? ›

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  3. Playa las Palmas. Best swimming beach. ...
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  5. Papaya Playa Project Beach. Best hotel beach. ...
  6. Ahau Tulum Beach. Best active beach. ...
  7. El Último Maya Beach. Best secret beach.

Which is better Tulum or Playa del Carmen? ›

Tulum is more the destination of choice for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path, back-to-nature adventure where everything is much more rustic, small-scale, and low-key than in Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen is the better choice for those looking for a little more action and modern accommodation than in Tulum.

Is Uxmal Aztec or Mayan? ›

Uxmal (Yucatec Maya: Óoxmáal [óˑʃmáˑl]) is an ancient Maya city of the classical period located in present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Palenque, Chichen Itza and Calakmul in Mexico, Caracol and Xunantunich in Belize, and Tikal in Guatemala.

Which Mayan site has the most tourists? ›

Visiting Chichen Itza in 2022, Everything You Need to Know. There are few archaeological sites in the Americas as well known as Chichen Itza. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most popular attractions in Mexico with over two million visitors each year.

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Uxmal was designated a World Heritage site in 1996. The site is the most important representative of the Puuc architectural style, which flourished in the Late Classic Period (ad 600–900).


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