Below Mexico, there lies a hidden world of underground caverns and lagoons. In some places, these caves are open to the air, thanks to cenotes, or sinkholes. Back in Mayan times, these were places of great spiritual importance, where special religious ceremonies would be held. Nowadays, though, you’re more likely to find someone cave diving into the water than praying!
Our fantastic cenote tours from Tulum let you explore these cenotes for yourself, and have an aquatic adventure that you’ll never forget. Many of them are combined with trips to ancient Mayan ruins, for a full day of exploring. It’s so relaxing to take a dip in the cool waters after a hot day of sightseeing, and you’ll also be able to try your hand at cave diving if you’re feeling brave enough. Our Tulum cenote tours are a lot more fun that just sitting around the hotel pool, so book your place today, and join us for a genuine jungle adventure!
All across this part of Mexico, the landscape is dotted with sinkholes. From the surface, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’re merely stumbled upon a big dip in the ground. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see that it actually opens up into a vast subterranean cavern, partially filled with water. This is a cenote, and they have been used by the people living here for thousands of years. From Mayan ceremonies to the cave divers of today, cenotes play a vital part in forming our region’s identity, so every visitor to the area should definitely make the pilgrimage to one themselves.
Cenotes offer something a bit different from the hotel pool, to say the least! As natural water formations, they are often home to a stunning range of wildlife, and there’s something extremely mystical about swimming around in an underground cavern, surrounded by darting fish and walls of natural rock. For those of you who are feeling particularly brave, you can also try your hand at the ever-popular sport of cave diving. As humans, we feel compelled for some reason to meet any challenge that the natural world presents us with, and cave diving is no exception to this. Leap through the opening of the cenote, and tumble through the air before splashing into the water below you- a truly thrilling experience!
If you would prefer a different kind of adrenaline rush, then we’ve got more to offer you, too. Some of our cenote tours from Tulum also offer you the chance to take an aquatic zipline across the water. You’ll reach high speeds, and feel like you’re a bird flying over the water, a complete sense of freedom. Alternatively, you can rappel your way down into a cenote, letting you take things at your own pace as you make your way down through the thick Mexican jungle. There will always be an expert on hand to guide you, so this is a safe yet exciting way of adding a little extra thrill to your cenote tour.
Surprisingly, many people who visit the cenotes don’t even dip their toes into the water. They are here to see the sights, and for good reason. The caves themselves are often stunning formations, with stalactites and stalagmites poking their way out of the roof and floor like the teeth of some vast stone monster. It’s just so relaxing to be inside these caverns, and take a step away from the tropical heat of Mexico. If you’re here at the right time, though, you’ll be in for a magical treat that you won’t forget in a hurry. As the sun reaches a certain point in the sky and shines directly down into the cenotes, the whole cave becomes lit up with dazzling light reflecting off the water. This is a jaw-dropping sight, and words can’t really do it justice. You’ll have to come along on one of our Tulum cenote tours and see it for yourself!
It’s not just humans who inhabit these cenotes, though. They are also home to a stunning selection of wildlife. Many birds choose to make their nests high up in the caves, where they have some shelter from the weather outside. In addition, you might just see some bats swooping overhead on a trip out for some food, before retreating back into the darkness of the deeper caves. Down in the water, there are plenty of fish to see, and many of the cenotes around Tulum are also home to friendly turtles paddling through the water. This makes a Tulum cenote tour a great opportunity to see for yourself some of the beautiful creatures that inhabit the region, so they are an excellent choice for animal lovers, too! Just strap on your snorkel, and peer down into the depths to see the whole wealth of wildlife that call these ancient caves home.
The majority of our cenote tours from Tulum are also combined with a trip elsewhere, often to a Mayan ruin. There is so much history in this part of Mexico, and if you’re staying in Tulum, much of it is right on your doorstep. The ancient city of Tulum now lies in ruins, but there’s plenty to discover still. Standing on the shores of the crystal-blue Caribbean, it’s the only known Mayan port city, and also one of the few cities with a wall. As you weave your way in and out of the buildings, you’ll start to get a feeling of just why the Mayans chose to live here, it’s filled with a mystical atmosphere that surrounds you. The most spectacular sight on offer, though, is the Temple of the Frescoes, one of the best preserved Mayan buildings around. Inside is a stunning mural depicting the Mayans’ view of life, death, and the heavens, so that you can better understand these often misunderstood ancient people.
Other cenote tours from Tulum include trips through the jungle on an ATV, where you’ll get to see the Mexican jungle in all its glory. Race through the trees, and feel the thrill of speeding through an area that’s otherwise hidden away from mankind. On the other hand, some of our Tulum cenote tours are paired with a snorkeling trip out to sea, so you can see all sides of the region’s marine life. Whatever you choose, rest assured that this will be an unforgettable day out that will mark the high point of your trip to the region. We look forward to welcoming you to Tulum, and taking you on a real adventure into these stunning natural caverns very soon. Make sure you book your place on one of our cenote tours from Tulum today, and we’ll see you very soon!