When you visit the Riviera Maya, the Cenote Trail is one destination that you shouldn’t miss. After all, you won’t see cenotes as unique as those in Mexico. And when it comes to cenotes, nothing beats those in the Cenote Trail.
The Cenote Trail is a route near Puerto Morelos (Puerto Morelos is considered part of Cancun), which leads to the forest and branches out into dirt roads leading to different cenotes. Some of these cenotes are very popular and host a great number of travelers all year round – there are eight popular cenotes along this trail; others are not as known or are well hidden into the forest and are yet to be discovered. The entire route stretches for about 20 kilometers, and you can reach the specific cenote that you want to visit by car. You can also explore the route via ATV or by bicycle.
Below are the eight popular cenotes that you can visit along the Cenote Trail:
Boca del Puma
This is an entertainment park with the cenote as its main attraction. It is located deep in the jungle, and it offers various activities and tour packages. The tour packages that the park offers include zip lines (the park has seven of them, allowing a view of the jungle), cycling, horseback riding, ATV, and a cool swim in its cenote. The cenote is underground and is 20 meters deep. There is also a chicle museum inside, where you can learn about the natural gum.
This is actually composed of two cenotes, one underground and one in the open. The one nearer is the underground cenote, which is equipped with a zipline and a wooden platform from which you can dive in the water. Life vest is provided if you want to swim, and there are also fishes to see. You can have an instant foot spa here because the fishes would usually nibble at your feet, eating dead skin cells. Natural spa at its finest! The second cenote, the open one, is just nearby. The water is not as cold here because of the sun, and you might also see some jungle animals around (such as a monkey named Simon).
As the name implies, this cenote is popular for its seven mouths or openings. Three openings provide access to the water below while four openings allow sunlight to enter the cave and illuminate parts of the water. This is a favorite diving spot, and many travelers visit this cenote just to dive or snorkel. In case you do not know how to dive or swim, there is also a surf board that you can use to float around. Again, life vest is a must. Aside from swimming, you can also enjoy the stalactites and stalagmites in the cave, or you can set up camp here.
The Green Star Cenote, Verde Lucero is an open cenote with various small caves that you can explore. Like all the other cenotes, it has a couple of ziplines for splash landing. The length of the zipline is short, but it’s a little high, so it makes for a good adrenaline rush and adventure. The cenote is circular in shape, and you can swim around the wall, circling it. Around the cenote is all jungle and trees, and it makes for a perfect holiday retreat with family and friends.
This cenote has two attractions: the adventure involved in getting to the cenote, which is often through an ATV ride, and the lovely cenote that awaits visitors at the end of the ride. The route offers ATV riders a full experience of the Mayan jungle—you can take in the scenery, hear the sounds of nature, and all while trying to tackle potholes and bumps aboard the ATV. The adventure is extreme! When you reach the cenote, you can swim or dive. If you love looking at underwater life, you can also go snorkeling.
This cenote attracts cyclists and divers alike. It is 47 meters in width and 18 meters in depth, ideal for those looking for a diving adventure. But, while it’s popular among divers, it also accommodates those who merely want to swim and relax. If you’re not into diving, look for a ladder that is sculpted in the rock—designed to lead you to the water. A floating platform is located at the center of the cenote, and you can swim to reach it and float.
This is a popular cenote spot with a long nature trail (about 3km) that will give you a glimpse of different tree and plant species, some of which are poisonous and dangerous. The cenote is an open one, like a pond, with a couple of zip lines and a couple of wooden platforms for all those who might want to dive. For those who might not have the courage to try those, there is a ladder that leads down into the water. Life vest is a must here because the water is deep (about 46 feet). There is also a picnic area with tables around, so you can bring food with you and spend a whole day here.
This cenote is near Kin Ha (same owner) and is named for the zapote trees that abound nearby. It is very popular among divers, and it is especially advised for experience divers only because it’s very deep. It’s inside a cave, and access is through a set of stairs. Divers enjoy exquisite underwater scenery here, which many describe to be breathtaking, due mainly to its hourglass shape. The open area is comparable to the upper part of the hourglass. When you dive a certain distance, it gets narrower and narrower until it opens back up down there (the lower part of the hourglass)—then suddenly, you are transported into a different world. However, there is only an allowed depth for diving here, so be sure to abide by the rules. Divers visiting the Cenote Trail should never miss this attraction.
If you’re visiting the Riviera Maya and you’re planning to check out the Cenote Trail, choose one of the cenotes above and enjoy a cool adventure!