Cenotes, Playa del Carmen

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    Ik Kil Cenote

    by fachd Written Jun 30, 2014

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    We visited cenote call Ik-Kil coming back to Playa from Chichen Itza. Cenote a Mayan word is a natural sinkhole in the earth surface. Ik-Kil (Sacred Blue Cenote) is a picturesque beautiful sinkhole with crystal fresh water. Make sure bring your swimmers. We borrow towels from the resort. If you are going to swim be prepared to walk down the slippery stairs. There are dressing rooms, showers and lockers. After the sun heat from Chichen Itza it was a great relief to dive in to the crystal water and experience for the first time to swim in a natural sinkhole.

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    Chaak Tun Cenote

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    This was a great experience to a less traveled to Cenote. Surprising since it is only 15 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen. Our hotel desk clerk never even heard of this place.

    At the location there are three cenotes. Two have water and one does not. If you search this cenote on line you may see reports to go late in the day to avoid crowds. However I went when they opened at 8am and no one was there. We had nearly two hours to ourselves.

    The main person to see when you arrive is Carlos. He will set you up with a helmet (needed in one location for a very low ceiling) and collect your fee (240 pesos per person). A guide is free and only works for tips. Carlos gave us a guide that I don't know his name and he spoke no English other than "watch your head." This was the only negative because my Spanish is not very good at all. I was able to get a few bits of information such as the stalactites grow 3 centimeters every 9 years. Or it could be 90 years, lol.

    The first cenote that we were taken to was the largest and had two passage ways, one very long and looped around. Just before we arrive there is a stop to get life jackets. This is important and makes it much easier to take photos. The water is deep and cold but soon to get used to. Lighting in this area is not very good. You can rent a water proof flashlight for 100 pesos but Carlos let me use two for free and of course the guide had one.

    The second cenote was really just one very large room with great formations. The water was just as deep but there was plenty of artificial lighting about.

    A few things to note. If you have a fear of close tight space and/or the dark, this may not be a good idea for you. Oh yes, one other things....there are lots of bats!

    This was a great experience and visiting a cenote is a must see when in the Yucatan Peninsula.

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    Dos Ojos cenote

    by Dabs Written Dec 17, 2011

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    We visited the Dos Ojos cenote as part of our tour with Edventures, I assume you can also visit on your own if you wish to snorkel and it looks like there are organized scuba dives.

    Dos Ojos is located in between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, it's one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world. Dos Ojos is Spanish for two eyes for the two neighboring cenotes. We just snorkeled, our guide took us into the bat cave for which you'd want to have some sort of flashlight to avoid knocking your head on the stalagtites and also to be able to see anything at all.

    We didn't see many fish, this is fresh water, not salt water and you visit the cenote to see the rock formations, not the fish. The water is cool, most people had on at least a 1/2 wet suit but after being in the water for a minute I was fine with the temperature.

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  • Cenote/Cave Diving

    by lindaeh Updated Oct 16, 2005

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    Gran Cenote

    The area between Playa del Carmen and Tulum has some of the best cave/cavern diving in the world. Everyone should experience a "cenote" while visiting the Riviera Maya. If you are not a diver, I recommend a swim or a snorkle. Try Armando Elizalde of Scubacenote $85 USD for a double tank dive (lunch and equipment included). Best deal around and an excellent tour with an excellent guide.

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    alltournative cenote tour

    by peggydaly Written May 8, 2005

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    cenote near playa

    i took one of the cenote tours close to playa del carmen (mayan zip-line, riviera may). i thought it was worth the time and money. don't expect a lot of lingering for wildlife viewing, but definitely a way to see the cenote's and see how the mayan culture permeates the yucatan.

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  • Cave/Cenote

    by Erinalicia01 Updated Nov 8, 2004

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    Cenotes outside of Playa called Aktun Chen. It's a hour long tour. A little pricey (no credit cards), but it was a great tour. Our guide was terrific and went back and forth from English to Spanish for the people on the tour.
    The dirt road from the highway to Aktun Chen is about 5km so take a car or taxi. My husband and I made the mistake of taking a Collectivo!!

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    Cenotes

    by sophisticate Written Mar 31, 2004

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    Take a break for the tropical sun and head for the forrest to explore the vast network of underground caves called "cenotes". These caves are occupied by bats, lagoons and Mayan relics. Go with a guide so that you don't end up lost forever in this maze of caverns.

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    Aktun Chen Cenote

    by whitneyone Updated Dec 7, 2003

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    Nice hats

    The little helmets are not a fashion statement. I thought something this small could never protect your head, NOR did I think I would actually run into a stelagmite...wrong on both counts. They worked like a charm. Necessary and provided on the tour.

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    Cenote At AKtun Chen

    by whitneyone Written Dec 7, 2003

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    In the Cenote

    South of Playa Del Carmen you will find endless signs for Cenotes. We didnt have enough time for all of them, so we chose one that combined the cenote with a small wild animal park.
    The Cave was spectacular!

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