Yucatan: 5 Hidden Cenotes in Tulum With Less Crowd!
If you finally made it to Yucatan, I know that you want to jump into the water really soon. I bet you are more than ready to explore all these amazing cenotes and see those natural cave while getting refreshed in the water. But be prepared that you might face way too much crowd in those very famous ones that you visit. Plus, it may take hours to reach some of the popular ones with driving. I’m not gonna tell you not to visit those, but let me give you the best alternatives which are way cheaper and receives very little crowd but still have those cliffs to jump and ropes to swing over.
Before listing them I want to thank our hotel owner Mike here in Tulum, who listed all of them for me and helped me while planning our day full of cenotes! Grand Balam Plaza can be the best place to stay in Tulum, so definitely check them out! Let’s check these awesome cenotes together:
This was our first stop of the day. There was literally no one even we woke up late and arrived there at 11am. The water was at ideal temperature, pure clean and there was a great platform to jump from high. It is also a great location for snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming with its large size. The cenote is located 10 minutes away with car drive from the Tulum centre.
Entry Fee: 5$
Cenote Escondido, Tulum
After Cenote Cristal we just visited Escondido, and once again 1-2 visitors other than us. The water was clean and refreshing again. This cenote also has a jumping platform with an additional rope for you to have fun and swing around. Cenote Escondido is far from being the most beautiful cenote near Tulum, but it’s really hidden and you can enter for free if you visit Cenote Cristal.
Open Daily: 9am-5pm
TulumCenote Calavera, also known as the Temple of Doom
I should admit that Calavera is a bit populated, around 10-15 people were there, and this one is not that big cenote. You can jump into the refreshing water below or there is a slippery wooden ladder you can climb down. There is a rope in the middle of the cenote where you can chill out without having to tread water. You can chill
- 5$ to enter. I can’t say the entry fee was 5$ because I realized that in Yucatan, if you know how to negotiate, there is no fixed price, however, it can also work another way around if you set your price higher than they expect 😉
Cenote Yax Kin
We had a private cenote experience since we arrived here at closing time. General info; almost all the cenotes and parks close at 5 pm, but this special one closes at 5:30. However, I gotta warn you, it is soooo hard to find the entrance for Yax-Kin. It is literally hidden in a jungle where no proper road is present. And the cenote was way bigger than any other ones that we went. It was a great way to end the day in Yax Kin. It was about 5$ per person and water were slightly cold compared to other cenotes, but it was definitely cleaner and has different shades of blue.
This one didn’t have any ropes to play or rocks to jump from, it was more like a private pool where the water is perfectly clean and located in the pure green nature.
My list actually ends here, because those were the big four for budget cenotes that I would like for you to see. Still, I’d list the popular cenotes as well, just in case any of you want to play big, here are the most popular ones closer to Tulum that you should visit if you’re okay with the crowd.
Thanks for checking out, and here are some other posts from Yucatan, Mexico to give you an idea what you can do to have your best time in there, Adios!
By the way as a thank you for reaching the end of this post here is a fun Youtube VIDEO to show you all great cenotes around Tulum, check it out!