Tip: It is about a 1km walk between the two cenotes down a wooded path

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Cenote Escondido is a hidden gem in Tulum, Mexico, and an absolute must-visit when exploring the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This guide will break down everything you need to know about planning your visit.

girl Spending the day at Cenote Escondido
Spending the day at Cenote Escondido
Cenote Escondido is a hidden gem in Tulum
Cenote Escondido is a hidden gem in Tulum

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What are cenotes?

If you’ve landed on this blog post after doing some research, you may already understand what a cenote is. However, if you’ve never traveled to Mexico and are just starting your travel research, you might be wondering what the heck a cenote is. If so, keep reading to learn more! Cenotes (pronounced sei-now-tay) are sinkholes that were created by the ceiling of caves collapsing. This results in sinkholes that hold salt-free water, making them great areas of swimming, diving, and scoping out the wildlife. Seriously, these cenotes are some underground magic. The water in any of these cenotes tend to be quite cold, but often a refreshing break from Mexico’s heat. There are actually three different types of cenotes. There are covered cenotesopen air cenotes, and a mix of the two. Cenote Escondido is an open air cenote.

Cenotes are extremely popular throughout the Yucatan peninsula. I think it would be impossible to visit the region with hearing about these water pools, and they are definitely something that should be on any Tulum itinerary.

The Yucatan peninsula is full of thousands of cenotes to explore, so you’ll want to narrow down your list of must-visit cenotes. I’ve been to quite a few cenotes throughout Mexico, but this one is easily one of my favorites in Tulum

  • Gran Cenote – just 10 minutes from Tulum and the most “insta-famous” of the cenotes near Tulum
  • Cenote Choo-Ha – located near Coba, this is a great cenote to combine with a day trip to the famous Mayan ruins
  • Cenote Oxman – located in Valladolid, my favorite cenote in Mexico
  • Cenote Azul – located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Cenote Azul is one of the best cenotes for a day of swimming
There are areas to lounge, swim and picnic at Cenote Escondido
There are areas to lounge, swim and picnic at Cenote Escondido

How to get to Cenote Escondido

Cenote Escondido is located right in Tulum approximately 5-10 minutes by car from Tulum’ s city center. It is also located on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, meaning it is not too far from major tourist hot spots such as Playa del Carmen and Cancun.

If you are staying in La Valeta or Tulum center, you could easily bike to Cenote Escondido. The road is a bit busy, so make sure that you are comfortable biking in traffic.

If you are renting a car for your visit, this is definitely the easiest way to get to Cenote Escondido. Otherwise, it is just a short taxi ride from the town or beach area.

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Swimming at Cenote Escondido

By far, the highlight of Cenote Escondido is the rope swing. I think I must have swung at least 10 times, and had such a blast. We arrived as a large group of 14 (we were on my Bachelorette weekend) around 10:30AM, and there were only a few other travelers, even during the high season.

Because the water at Cenote Escondido actually gets a lot of sunlight, the water isn’t too cold. I would highly recommend bringing your own snorkel gear, as the view under the water is absolutely incredible. I was so bummed that I didn’t have an underwater camera or GoPro with me, because the underwater light rays were insane! Apparently there is a cave underneath that you can dive through to find gold!

Enjoying my bachelorette at Cenote Escondido
Enjoying my bachelorette at Cenote Escondido
There is a rope swing to plunge into the cold water
There is a rope swing to plunge into the cold water

Cenote Escondido Hours and Prices

Cenote Escondido Hours

The cenote is currently open daily from 9AM to 4PM daily.

How Much Does it Cost?

The ticket office for Cenote Escondido is actually across the road, by the entrance to Cenote Cristal. You have the option to buy one of three different tickets:

  • Cenote Escondido only: 150 MXN ($8.75) – as of January 2024

If you would rather visit Cenote Escondido with a tour group, rather than on your own, you can join this fun tour that combines the cenote with a trip to Sian Kaan Lagoon. See below for availability and pricing.

The refreshing water of Cenote Escondido
The refreshing water of Cenote Escondido
Cenote Escondido is hidden in forest
Cenote Escondido is hidden in forest

Facilities at Cenote Escondido

  • There are no dining facilities at Cenote Escondido. Wooden picnic tables and benches available for picnics.
  • There are bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms available by the cenote.

Where to Stay

Cenote Escondido is located right in Tulum, just a 5 minute drive from Tulum’s La Veleta neighborhood.

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Una Vida

Una Vida is a more luxury accommodation option in Tulum town that still offers great rates. Located in the town center, Una Vida has a large, very Instagrammable pool, minimalist decor, and a great location for exploring the city.

Prices start around $200 USD/night, but can get much pricier during the busier season. I recommend booking in advance!

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Turquoise Tulum Hotel

I spent 5 nights at Turquoise Tulum Hotel in 2021 and loved it. I was working remote, so I wanted to make sure that I had a spot that was comfortable, quiet, and cute. It is located in La Valeta, so you’ll be close to tons of restaurants and bars.

The hotel has since expanded but reviews are still good!

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Era Hotel & Spa Tulum

Luxury on a budget, with rooms often below $100 USD. Located in the heart of La Valeta neighborhood. A 4-star hotel with a restaurant on site.

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What to Pack

  • Underwater camera or GoPro – don’t be me at forget to bring one along! My biggest regret from visiting this cenote was not being able to capture any epic underwater shots. And I promise you, they will be awesome!
  • Bathing suit – it would be nearly impossible to visit this beautiful cenote and not go for a swim in the crystal clear water. I prefer to wear a one-piece for more support when swinging.
  • Cash – the cenote, like many others in Mexico, is cash only!

TRAVEL TIPS

🏘️Book your accommodation

Booking.com will help you to book accommodation in advance and check availability

✈️Book your flight in advance

To find the cheapest flight options, you can use WayAway and find the most suitable option for you

🧾Get your tickets and tours

with Viator and GetYourGuide to get the most out of your journey

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