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Chaak Tun Cenote: Everything you need to know

Chaak Tun Cenote, situated in Playa del Carmen, is the ideal destination for those looking to embark on a cenote adventure without going too far away from town. In this article we will provide information regarding price points and how to easily get there and visit the magnificent sinkhole! 

Stunning Island in the middle of the pool

Chaak Tun is a truly unforgettable family adventure. It is situated only a short distance from Playa del Carmen and accessible via car or taxi (costing around 250 pesos). As you stroll along the lengthy boardwalk through lush jungles, swim or snorkel in magnificent cenotes filled with refreshing crystal-clear water. Marvel at ancient stalagmites and stalactites while enjoying this unique experience!

What are Cenotes?

If you are hunting for an awe-inspiring experience, then the cenotes of Yucatan Peninsula ought to be your next pit stop. Cenote (seh-NO-tay), a Spanish term for “sinkhole”, is formed when underground cavern walls collapse and expose a water reservoir below. Thousands of these natural wonders have drawn tourists from all over the world eager to marvel at their majestic beauty!


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With soaring temperatures in Mexico? They make ideal swimming spots while providing much needed respite from the heat! The hidden beauty of these underground pools is something that was revered by the Mayans, who offered gold artifacts, pottery and even human or animal sacrifices to its depths. Nowadays it’s a much more peaceful experience – so why not take advantage of this rare opportunity? Go ahead and jump in!

Cave system
Cave system

The cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula are a mix of open, semi-open or underground:  

  • Open cenotes: If you’re ever in Tulum and looking for a few of the area’s best cenotes, then definitely check out Cenote Azul, Zacil-Ha and Car Wash! These stunning collapsed caves offer an incredible experience under open skies with invitingly warm waters. Not to mention there are plenty of comfortable spots along the gorgeous shoreline for relaxing after your swim.
  • Open cenotes: If you’re looking for a truly unique experience near Tulum, visit one of the many cenotes that have collapsed in on themselves and are now open to the sky. You’ll find warm, inviting waters surrounded by plenty of areas perfect for relaxing or sunbathing! We can’t recommend enough Cenote Azul, Cenote Zacil-Ha and Car Wash Cenote—all three provide an invigorating swimming adventure under the beautiful sunlight!
  • Semi-open cenotes: We couldn’t help but be captivated by the breathtaking beauty of these semi-open cenotes: Cenote Suytun, Cenote Hubiku and Cenote Samula. Although they are primarily subterranean, the ceilings feature openings that offer access to natural light and fresh air. The scene is absolutely spellbinding as sunrays illuminate the extraordinarily clear waters beneath!
  • Underground cenotes: In search of a remarkable subterranean cenote journey? Look no further than the three superb options near Coba ruins (Cenote Multum-Ha, Tamchach-Ha and Cenote Choo Ha) or Cenote Xkeken in Valladolid. These caves have zero natural light to brighten the waters contained inside them, making them more arduous to explore. Despite this challenge though, their beauty is truly worth it!

About Chaak Tun Cenote

Playa Del Carmen, a beloved destination on the Riviera Maya of Quintana Roo in Mexico, is home to Cenote Chaak tun. This site has been historically known as Las Brujas caves and explored by the courageous few who ventured through the Mayan jungles for 30 years or more.

View from the bottom
View from the bottom

After 1999, locals and visitors alike were granted the opportunity to explore these stunning cenotes. You don’t need to be a diver; all you need is an appreciation for the exquisite stalactites and stalagmites! To traverse Chaak tun Cenote with ease, join one of many tours organized by its caretakers – it’s not advisable for safety reasons that individuals attempt solo visits. We’ll explain more in due time!

Cenote Chaak Tun Pool Area
Cenote Chaak Tun Pool Area

What does Chaak Tun Mean?

The term Chaak Tun derives from the Mayan language where ‘Chac’ signifies rain and ‘Tun’ translates to stone, thus resulting in a literal translation of Stone Rain or Water that Comes From Stone.

Path to the cave
Path to the cave

How to get to Cenote Chaak Tun

Cenote Chaak Tun is just 4 minutes away from Highway 307 at the end of Avenida Benito Juarez in Playa del Carmen. A short ride from the touristy Quinta Avenida. So if you’re ever in Playa del Carmen, be sure to check out Chaak Tun Cenote!

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Path to the cave
Path to the cave
Stairs to Cenote Chaak Tun
Stairs to Cenote Chaak Tun

By Car 

Whether you are coming from Cancun or Tulum, it is now easier than ever to find our location with the help of Google Maps. If you have rented a car, simply follow the directions and make your way to Avenida Benito Juarez; if driving from Cancun, turn right off Federal Highway onto Benito Juarez Avenue for easy access. From Tulum there may be additional turns required but nothing that can’t easily be conquered by following the helpful maps provided!

Cenote Chaak Tun Island
Cenote Chaak Tun Island

If you are uncertain about renting a car in the Yucatan Peninsula, we would always suggest it. If you feel comfortable driving in an unfamiliar country (not everyone does, and that’s totally fine!), then this is your best bet for independent mobility – allowing you to explore more locations of interest at your own speed without relying on crowded public transportation with unreliable timetables.

Driving in this area of Mexico is usually a breeze, but we always suggest obtaining full insurance with 0 deductible when you rent a car. You never know how events that are beyond your control will unfold, and the security provided by full coverage gives you peace of mind knowing that any damage to the vehicle won’t have to come out of pocket.

Light Beams
Light Beams


Taking a taxi is the simplest way to reach the Cenote. Unfortunately, it’s hard to provide accurate prices since they can fluctuate or vary by driver. That said, we recommend inquiring at your hotel’s reception desk or with your host for a trustworthy driver. Additionally, be sure you agree on an amount and pick up time before starting off on your journey!

Is there Uber in Cancun, Tulum, Valladolid or Playa del Carmen?

Unfortunately, no. Even though the app is functional there has been a lot of push-back from the local taxi-mafia and some violence so for your safety, we would suggest against using it.

Stairs to Cenote Chaak Tun Turtle
Stairs to Cenote Chaak Tun Turtle

Local Bus 

Although public buses are available, the precise information on their schedule is unknown. Our suggestion would be for you to disembark at Avenida Benito Juarez and look out for small minivans that travel towards Cenote. You can ask the driver if they will drop you off there; most likely, they will stop by at its entrance.

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Cenote Entrance
Cenote Entrance

Things to do in the Chaak Tun Cenote

When visiting the awe-inspiring Cenote Chaak Tun, you must be accompanied by a local guide for both safety and educational purposes. Fortunately, this tour is already included in your entrance fee! Your guide will provide invaluable insight on the site’s unique history and geography while ensuring that you are safe during your exploration of this magnificent area.

Underground Adventure tour

Embark on a two-hour exploration of the Yucatan Peninsula and discover three underground Mayan caves, each with its own unique history. Gear up in your safety equipment to plunge into turquoise cenotes – pristine waters that have traveled thousands of kilometers beneath the surface. Revel in this crystal-clear liquid while cooling off from your adventure; it’s an experience unlike any other!

Chaak Tun Cenote Facilities

A wetsuit, life jacket and lockers are essential for your day at the beach. Don’t forget to take advantage of the available restrooms and ample parking lot too!

Chaak Tun Cenote Entrance fees

The 500 pesos entry fee (approximately US$30) includes a guided tour with snorkel gear, swimsuit, life vest, flashlight, and a locker that comes with a key.

Chaak Tun Cenote Opening Hours 

Cnote is open from Monday to Friday, 9 AM–5 PM and Sunday, 9 AM–3PM. To make the most of your visit, we suggest arriving after 1 PM when morning tours have concluded.

What we liked about Chaak Tun Cenote

This cave cenote is truly one of a kind, as similar ones are usually only seen in the center of Yucatan and not in the Riviera Maya. With its luxuriant jungle surrounding it, this rare gem is taken care of by a local family who puts much effort into preserving its delicate environmental balance.

What we didn’t like about Chaak Tun Cenote

In order to dodge the throngs of people, it’s best to bypass weekends and instead arrive at opening time if you’re looking for a more tranquil experience.

Where to stay near Chaak Tun Cenote

Chaak Tun Cenote is bordered by a plethora of lodging options in Playa del Carmen, from luxury resorts to charming apartments. To make your search easier and more efficient, we’ve created an interactive map showcasing various hotels located nearby with different price ranges!

What to Pack for Chaak Tun

For an unforgettable journey to the breathtaking Cenote Chaak Tun, be sure to bring along these must-have items so you can enjoy a stress-free trip!

  • Swimwear: No cenote experience is complete without this one essential item!
  • Snorkel Mask or Goggles: To fully appreciate the captivating depths of these sublime sinkholes, you’ll want all the snorkeling gear. Make sure to miss nothing; don your mask and goggles before beginning this remarkable journey!
  • Water Shoes: Although it’s not a necessity for this open cenote, I always encourage travelers to purchase a pair of water shoes before exploring Mexico’s various cenotes. With their many sharp rocks and slippery surfaces, these grottos can be dangerous without the right type of footwear; but with sturdy shoes on your feet you’ll feel more secure while enjoying yourself! Plus, such waterproof items are perfect when snorkeling around the coral reef too.
  • Water Bottle: Don’t forget to pack your trusty reusable water bottle! With its high temperatures and humidity, you don’t want to risk drinking the unclean tap water. Bring a sturdy container that can survive any adventure — or an even better choice would be a LifeStraw filter bottle — this will guarantee that whatever liquid flows through it is filtered before consumption. That way, not only will you ensure adequate hydration but also reduce your plastic waste footprint in one go!
  • Camera: These cenotes are so captivating that you won’t be able to turn away from them without snapping a few photos. You can take your photography skills further by bringing along a waterproof camera or GoPro and taking pictures while immersed in the water—the outcome will be extraordinary!

Other Things to Do Near Chaak Tun

After you’ve explored the majestic  Gran Cenote, why not take part in some thrilling activities?

    • Take off on an intrepid expedition to uncover Tulum’s wealth of awe-inspiring cenotes! With such a plethora of stunning locations, you and your closest companions will have days full of unforgettable memories. 
    • Unwind and relax at the gorgeous Tulum Beach, and don’t forget to try one of the many amazing restaurants in town (try the tacos and local beer)
    • Take a trip to the ancient Tulum ruins, National Parks and, if you find yourself with extra time, venture even further to ruins of Chichen Itza – a stunning location and one of the 7 Wonders of the World!
    • Enjoy an unforgettable day trip to the magnificent Sian Ka’an Biosphere breathtakingly blue waters and get up close with dolphins and even some crocodiles!


Cenote Chaak Tun opening times?

Cenote Chaak Tun is accessible and welcomes visitors daily, from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Don’t forget your last entrance time of 3 pm!

Do you need to book a tour?

Visiting the beautiful Cenote Chaak Tun is not a solitary endeavor, but instead requires you to join one of many captivating and expert-guided tours.

Do you need to book in advance?

Absolutely! To guarantee your spot, it is highly advisable to book the cenote tour ahead of time.a

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