Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top three cenotes around Playa del Carmen.

You can earlier in our blog read about cenotes in general. What we would like to do for you now is to give some recommendations about which one we think is while worth a visit. To begin with there are a lot of cenotes to explore in the area around Playa del Carmen. We have visited a total of seven cenotes during our stay here, and there is at least twice as many left to explore!


Grand cenote

Located near Tulum. A very commercialized cenote with many tourists. Grand cenote has nice, clear water and the possibility to swim through a tunnel inhabited by bats to get to another smaller part of the cenote. Stalagmites and stalactites are also seen here. There is a possibility to dive here too.

Azul cenote

Located 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen on the west side of the high way towards Tulum. A smaller cenote with calm atmosphere. Less commercialized. The cenote has actually a lot of marine life, with a lot of fish, and chances of spotting turtles. It has two parts – one pool with few plants and more fish, and one with more plants and less fish. You might at first think that it should be the other way around but it’s not. The turtles can be found in either of the pools. You are also able to jump from a cliff here, measuring about three meters.

Cristaliano cenote

Its name is not to be confused with “Crystal cenote” which is another cenote not as good.
This cenote is actually our favorite, probably since this one is the least commercialized of the ones we’ve so far visited. It has very beautiful surroundings, crystal clear water, many fishes, mangrove, and chances of spotting turtles. Cliff jumping is an alternative as well.

As you might have seen walking down on the fifth avenue in Playa del Carmen, some stores offers “fish-spa”. This is a special species of fish that eats the dead skin on your feet. A treatment like this costs about 300 pesos on avenue 5, but these fish live naturally in this cenote and it’s just an extra experience for you to enjoy! They will immediately swim towards you and begin nibble on your feet. They are harmless and will only nibble if you’re being still. So if you’re uncomfortable with these fish, just swim around or snorkel and they’ll leave you alone. There is also a narrow tunnel under water connecting the two pools this cenote consists of. A fun free-diving challenge for those who dare!





Grand cenote

Grand cenote
Azul cenote

Azul cenote
Cristaliano cenote

Cristaliano cenote, "doctor fish"




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