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Cenote Maya: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ek Balam & Cenote Maya: Full-Day Tour

1. Ek Balam & Cenote Maya: Full-Day Tour

Explore the archaeological site of Ek Balam, a top regional attraction that has been recently restored. You’ll also visit the mysterious Cenote Maya, a natural pool that features beautiful rock formations. Your full-day tour begins at the Cenote Maya Park, where you’ll descend into the region’s most impressive cenote by a large wooden staircase built using ancient Maya techniques. Experience a range of optional adventures at the park, such as swimming in the cenote, diving, rappelling, swinging on a Tarzan vine, and more. Visit a small, colorful handicraft market, where your purchases of locally made items benefit Maya artisans. See a Mayan ritual, and be part of an authentic blessing ceremony performed by a shaman. Enjoy a Mayan buffet of traditional dishes such as lime soup, chaya tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, chicken, handmade tortillas, fruits, and flavored water. Next on the itinerary is visit to the Ek Balam site. Dating from the 11th century, this is one of the most impressive ceremonial centers of the Yucatan peninsula. Admire the temples and plazas and unique high-relief sculptures.

Valladolid: Cenote Maya Native Park Admission Ticket

2. Valladolid: Cenote Maya Native Park Admission Ticket

Spend 2.5 thrilling and adventure-filled hours at the Cenote Maya Native Park. Descend into the region’s most impressive cenote which reaches 60 m (196 feet) in diameter with an almost perfect circular shape. Admire the stunning crystal-clear waters and geological formations which make this swimming hole a great natural jewel. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel or use the large wooden staircase. Take part in optional included adventure activities including swimming, diving, traversing "trepachanga" (ropes),  swinging on Tarzan-style vines, and rappeling down 26 m (85 feet) into the water.  After that, participate in an authentic Mayan ritual. Delve into the natural world and witness a blessing ceremony carried out by a Mayan shaman of the community and scented by copal, a tree resin used for incense. Finally, enjoy a traditional meal made with organic orchard supplies and handmade tortillas.

From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

3. From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

Start your day with pick up from your hotel in the Riviera Maya or Cancun between 6 AM-7:30 AM. After arriving at Chichen Itza between 9:30-10:00 AM, start your 2-hour and 15-minute tour of the archaeological site. The name, Chichen Itza means “water well of the Itzan people” and it was the capital of the Maya area and its most revered center of worship. Walk through remarkable buildings and get detailed explanations provided by your expert guide during the tour. Arrive at Cenote Maya Native Park at approximately 1:30 PM and spend approximately 2.5 hours in the park.  Visit and refresh yourself at Cenote Maya and descend into the region’s most impressive cenote. Its crystal-clear waters and geological formations make it an impressive natural jewel. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel or use the large wooden staircase.   Optional activities include swimming, diving, and rappelling. Delve into the natural wonders and participate in an authentic ceremony of blessings carried out by a Maya shaman. Enjoy a traditional menu made with organic orchard supplies and handmade tortillas. At the end of the day, relax with drop-off back at your hotel at approximately 6:30-7:00 PM.  

From Quintana Roo: Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Day Trip

4. From Quintana Roo: Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Day Trip

Take a day trip to the Ek Balam Mayan ruins and explore its impressive structures. Experience a spiritual Mayan ceremony and enter a cenote, sacred to Mayan culture. Rappel and slackline through geological formations and swim in picturesque waters. Depart from your hotel in Cancún or Riviera Maya and head to Ek Balam, an ancient Mayan complex thought to be a sacred city. Visit the "White House of Reading," constructed by the Maya ruler Ukit Kan Le'k Tok'. View its symbolism with themes relating to the underworld. Experience a shaman-led Mayan ceremony to ask for permission to go inside the cenote. Enter the cenote and enjoy activities such as rappelling, slacklining, or swimming. Have fun with Tarzan-like vines and cool off in crystalline waters.

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What people are saying about Cenote Maya

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 34 reviews

The excursion was great. We stopped at the Maya Cenote. We first experienced a sacred ritual ceremony before continuing to the Maya Cenote, where we were able to repel into the water. It was a once in a life time experience. We then had a wonderful lunch before proceeding to the Ek Balam Ruins. The guide walked us through the entire experience explaining all of the sites and what life would have been like when it was a city. We had a amazing driver who answered all of our questions and made sure our vacation excursion memoriable. The only problem we had was we had a 2 hour pick up delay due to our driver having a flat tire. It was a Sunday morning and he had trouble getting it repaired. However he made up for the time throughout the day.

Tour booked via GetYourGuide= Amazing!! Our tour guide Anita and Maxo (I forget his name), were both so great. Both new multiple languages so fluently and made everyone feel welcomed in our group. Anita is very passionate about what she does and is very knowledgable! What Alltournative tours does for the local Mayan community is beautiful. Alltournative tours give Mayan teenagers the chance to learn photography and help them sells their beautiful crafts (amongst other things). Would definitely go through them again

We really enjoyed this tour. We tried a couple other tours offered at the hotels too, and I wish we would have booked our other trips from them too. I can only recommend this tour. Karina was a really good guide and super helpful. Being early at the Chichen Itza helped a lot to skip crowded times and Cenote experience was just amazing. :)

A nice blend of adventure and culture, including ancient and modern. The cenote is incredible. Ek Balam is preserved so well, it's hard to believe it was excavated only 20+ years ago. The Mayan ceremony and tour of the neighboring towns was an added bonus to the two highlights.

Excellent day, thanks to Anita our guide and Sami our driver