Tulum is a naturally lush, gorgeous area in Mexico with plenty of hidden treasures that will have you coming back for more adventure year after year. At Namron, we believe in preserving and enjoying the natural beauty of Tulum. Because of this, we want you to be able to experience some of the incredible natural beauty that exists outside of the hotels in Tulum, like cenotes.
Cenotes are underground chambers or caves containing water, like a natural sinkhole where the cave ceiling has collapsed. The word “cenote” is pronounced as “seh-no-tay” and is a Spanish conversion of the Yucatec Maya word “D’zonot” or “Ts’onot,” meaning cavern of water. The Yucatan alone has over 6,000 cenotes and counting.
It might be tempting to stay indoors since Namron Hospitality offers some of the best hotels to stay in Tulum, but you can’t truly experience the culture and beauty of the area without venturing outside. These are our picks for some of the best cenotes to experience in Tulum:
1. Cenote Dos Ojos
Dos Ojos is located 30 minutes northeast of Tulum (Cenote Jaguar Rd, Quintana Roo, Mexico).
Dos Ojos, which translates to “two eyes”, is the most impressive cenote group in Tulum. This impressive natural formation is named for its two largest cenotes: the Blue Eye, which is a sparkling, open-air cenote, and the Black Eye, which is a pitch-dark cavern with stalactites and stalagmites.
While this is quite a bit away from our hotels in Tulum, it’s easy to hire a taxi or rent a car to get there. The cost to visit is 200 pesos or about USD 14, and you can rent snorkel gear for an additional 100 pesos.
2. Jardin de Eden
This cenote trip is more like a day at a nature reserve that is equipped with a diving platform. In the center of the cenote, one can hang out with friends and sunbathe on top of the large flat rocks. This is also great for those who want to dive and explore underground caves. The entry fee is 200 pesos, but it provides a day of fun and adventure away from the city. While the hotels in Tulum, like the La Valise and Nest, are gorgeous places to relax, they don’t quite have the same vacation punch that traveling to a cenote would have.
3. Cenote Cristal and Cenote Escondido
These cenotes are lovely open-air styles and are located across the street from each other for easy access. Because of their proximity to one another, visiting both is easy, and you can even buy a two-for-one ticket for 120 pesos. These are great for seeing more locals and fewer tourists. Bring a book and stay for the day! Make sure not to apply sunscreen before you enter because you won’t be allowed to enjoy swimming in the water. This is to ensure that the water quality is preserved for everyone who comes to visit.
If you’re concerned about not being able to swim without sunscreen, then don’t worry. The best hotels to stay in Tulum – the Namron Hospitality boutique hotels – may offer their own swimming experiences. Check out the amenities when you book!
4. Casa Cenote
Casa Cenote is a bit farther away and is perfect for the adventure-hearted. Casa Cenote is a mix of fresh and saltwater while boasting a “lazy river” current that is perfect for families with kids. The cost is 120 pesos to enter, and there is no guide required to explore.
Don’t be concerned if you see a bit of extra security on the drive. There is a security checkpoint after you turn off the highway on the road to Fraccionamiento Tankah which leads to Casa Cenote. Tell the guards you are headed to Casa Cenote so they can let you pass.
5. Multum Ha
Towards the Coba Ruins are three underground cenotes, each with unique features. One of them, called Multum-Ha, is a dome-shaped crystal clear water cenote that feels like another planet. This cenote will truly blow your mind at the beauty and otherworldliness that seeps from every pore.
You can find it close to Coqui Coqui and the Coba Ruins and it is easily accessible from many hotels in Tulum.
Hotel investment in Tulum has never been easier and has never been more popular. This beautiful area of the world truly deserves to have more visitors to appreciate the culture, the natural beauty, the delicious food, and the incredible environment. With Namron Hospitality, leaping into hotel investment to allow others to have these experiences is easy.
If you’re interested in working with Namron Hospitality to begin your journey into hotel investment, contact us today for more information!