Cenote Zacil ha Tulum
Located in Tulum, Cenote Zacil Ha is an open-air natural pool with mesmerizing crystal-clear waters that you don’t want to miss … especially if you are traveling with kids!
Quintana Roo is home to numerous cenotes which can make it difficult to choose the right one that isn’t too crowded. However, what makes this cenote special is its family friendliness. It’s not as beloved as other options; however,it offers more privacy and a peaceful experience for visitors and their children.
Touring the cenotes of Tulum is a thrilling experience, but can prove to be difficult when traveling with your children. Luckily, Zacil Ha exists – its name meaning “clear water” and discovered 30 years ago – as it provides all kinds of amenities such as two swimming pools that are nowhere near as deep compared to other local cenotes. It has been developing rapidly over recent years and has become one of my personal favorite spots for adventure-seekers accompanied by their families! To get more insight into some other favorite sites in this area, watch my video now – you won’t regret it!
Have you heard of cenotes? These naturally occurring sinkholes have become increasingly popular on social media, with Instagram users often posting pictures from them. Despite their widespread popularity however, many people are not aware of their true significance to the Mayans and how they were formed. A cenote is a natural pool that dates back thousands of years; when limestone caves collapse it reveals an underground river which then fills up with rainwater – this creates the stunning pools we now know as cenotes!
The etymology of “cenote” is derived from the Mayan term seh-no-teh, or “well”. Despite their origin, cenotes come in all shapes and sizes; there are essentially four kinds.:
Cenotes were of great cultural and religious importance to the ancient Mayans, who believed that they were passages to the underworld. In fact, Mayans performed rituals in cenotes and treated them as sacred sites.
If you’re seeking a delightful dip in the crystal-clear and turquoise water of Cenote Zacil Ha, it’s just 8.5 km away from Tulum along the road that links Coba with Tulum – perfect for those who have spent an entire day exploring the amazing Mayan ruins! Not only does this open-air cenote look like a natural swimming pool, but there are also two pools available to cool down from the sweltering tropical heat.
Come to Cenote Zacil Ha for its soothing respite, and take advantage of all that nature has on offer! With an average depth of three meters, this natural pool is the perfect destination for a family swim. If you’d like to take it further and dive into this cenote, make sure that your open water or cavern diving certification is in-check; allowing you access to explore its connected caves with Cenote Carwash just one of them! You won’t miss the entry point thanks to the deep blue hue tinting one side of the pool.
Exploring the depths of Zazil Ha Cenote is an adventure like no other! From 8 to 35 meters deep, you’ll stumble upon a captivating chamber called “Las Lágrimas,” where glimmering stalactites drip down from the ceiling resembling water droplets. Whether swimming or snorkeling, always be sure to bring your own life jacket for greater security; and if you’d like some underwater views – make sure you equip yourself with necessary snorkeling gear (although renting may not be available at this particular cenote). Soak up all that nature has to offer in one unforgettable trip.
Remember, no sunscreen is allowed in any cenotes throughout Mexico to prevent water pollution. The cenote itself isn’t huge and can become swarmed quickly by a throng of sightseers; therefore it’s essential to plan your visit wisely so you’re not there when a tourist bus or on the weekend arrives!
If you’d like to submerge yourself in this wondrous cenote, make sure to visit on a day when there aren’t too many people. Sundays are the busiest days – so consider visiting another day of the week. You must possess an open water or cavern diving certificate if you wish to plunge into its depths which are around 10 feet deep and not particularly large. Once inside, you can explore the connected cenotes such as Cenote Carwash located within Tulum!
The aquatic beauty of Cenote Zacil-Ha is unparalleled; its deep blue waters a majestic sight to behold. This cenote, or cave, connects with other nearby underground sites and provides an opportunity for your family to observe many species of birds native to the area including fluttering bluebirds and yellow-feathered varieties that adorn the tall trees creating their nests. Additionally, we offer a variety of activities that will ensure each member of your family has an unforgettable experience during your visit!
Depending on your budget, there are numerous transportation options for you to explore when travelling to Cenote Zacil Ha.
If you are wanting to explore Cenote Zacil Ha from Tulum, renting a car is the way to go! It’s only about 8 kilometers away and will save you time as well as money. Take the Tulum/Coba road towards Coba and look for a sign on your left pointing in the direction of this beautiful cenote. Once there, park your car with ease – plentiful parking spots await!
If you’re looking for a more secure choice to travel from Tulum to Cenote Zacil Ha, consider taking a taxi. You can spot one at the center of Tulum or have your hotel contact one on your behalf. In terms of time spent in transit, it’ll take approximately 20-30 minutes if you are situated near Tulum Beach while only 10 minutes if closeby to downtown Tulum. Regardless of where you originate from, make sure not to be taken advantage by overcharging rates! Hire a private driver for the day
Perhaps you could consider hiring a private driver to get around Tulum? It doesn’t make much sense for a one-way trip to Cenote Zacil Ha since the cenote is only just nearby, and it’s quite costly (upwards of 100 USD). But if your plans include visiting other cenotes or exploring locations like Coba Ruins on that same day and do not want anything structured tours, then this might be an ideal solution. I took this option when I was there!
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.
If you’re looking for an exciting way to reach Zacil-Ha Cenote, why not rent a bike? You can find one in Tulum at the economical rate of 150 MXN per day and it’s only 8 kilometers away. Just be sure to stay mindful of the Mexican heat!
Experience the ultimate convenience and affordability with a colectivo (shared van) ride to Cenote Zacil Ha. As you travel from Tulum towards Coba, make sure to notify your driver that they need to drop you off at this destination. For anyone coming from further away such as Cancun or Playa del Carmen, look into how to get there via Tulum first – which is easy since directions on getting both from Cancun and Playa are available online!
Cenote Zacil Ha stands out with the rather generous and wide array of amenities:
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And of course if you are up for a road trip make your way to Chichen Itza and the magical cenotes of the Chichen Itza park. We have also put together guides for the best cenotes for families in Tulum.
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Currently, entrance to Cenote Zacil Ha is 200 Pesos ($15 USD) per person. With its vast array of exceptional amenities and established infrastructure, the cenote offers extraordinary value for your money!
Cenote Zacil Ha is located at km 8.5 on the Tulum-Coba Road and can easily be seen from the left side of the road. If you’re having trouble finding it, just look for Cenote Carwash which is right next to it (and I also recommend checking out – more details here). You can get a better sense of where it’s located with this map:
At Cenote Zacil Ha, guests can enjoy its natural beauty daily from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. During peak times of the year however, it opens even earlier at 9 AM! So don’t miss out on a chance to explore one of Yucatan’s most enchanting cenotes during your stay in Mexico!
Cenote Zacil Ha is a favorite spot for nearby families. To make the most of your visit, arrive when it opens or right before it closes, and try to avoid the weekends if you can— that’s when locals tend to flock here.
For a remarkable and contented time at the gorgeous Cenote Zacil-ha, be sure to have these indispensable items on hand!
After you’ve explored this majestic cenote, why not take part in some thrilling activities?