CENOTES ADVENTURE TOURS

The Playa del Carmen area sits on top of a vast system of underground rivers, which are accessible through cenotes, or sinkholes, where the ground has fallen away, revealing the cool, fresh water underneath.  Over the centuries, the rivers have worn away at the limestone shelf creating an awesome array of limestone formations, stalactites and stalagmites that are a real sight to see.  Many tours will take you to swim or snorkel in these cenotes, where you can see these formations above and below the water.  Cenotes are unique to Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya - the area has over 3,000 of them! Our tours take you to some of the best.

Cenotes in Playa del Carmen
   
Rio Secreto (Secret River) Daily at 9:00 AM, 11:00 and 1:00 PM
5 Hrs - $119.00 $109.00 Per Person
Playa del Carmen Rio Secreto Plus Rio Secreto Plus Tour Mon-Sat at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
6.5 Hrs  $129.00 $119.00 Per Person
 
Xenotes Mayan Underworld Mon-Sat from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
9 Hours - Adults $129.00 Kids $99.00
ATV & Canopy Combo Playa del Carmen Xplor Fuego at Night Mon-Sat from 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
6.5 Hours - Adults $169.00 Kids $89.00
 
Aktun Chen National Park Daily from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Up to 3 Hrs. From $29.00 Per Person
Private Tulum & Aktun Chen Mon To Sat on Your Schedule!
Up to 6 Hrs - From $22.00 Per Person!

Our Advice: Xenotes is the most comprehensive tour if you want to explore different types of cenotes. The best cenotes are Aktun Chen but you'll need a car or our private tour to see it.

CENOTES TOURS OF PLAYA DEL CARMEN FAQ's

Q: WHAT IS THE BEST CENOTE IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN?
A: The best cenote in Playa del Carmen is Aktun Chen National Park, located south of town near Tulum. You can explore the fascinating cave and you can snorkel in the underground river as well. It is very cool and is the most famous cenote in the Riviera Maya. However there are dozens of others that are also amazing in their own way. If you don't want to snorkel but want to see underground caverns close to Playa del Carmen, Rio Secreto may be perfect for you. Xenotes immerses you in a variety of incredible cenotes experiences and cultural aspects and is highly recommended if you have the time.

Q: CAN I SNORKEL IN THE CENOTES AND SEE FISH?
A: Snorkeling in the cenotes is amazing in its own way, but don't expect to see many fish. Cenotes are fresh water, not ocean water, and there is no coral reef for them to live on. You will probably see a few small fish, but mostly the attraction of cenotes snorkeling is to see incredible things like tree root systems, stalactites and stalagmites under the water and it is so clear it's surreal.

Q: DO YOU HAVE OTHER TOURS THAT VISIT THE CENOTES?
A: Yes for sure! Many of our other tours in other categories also visit a cenote. Some are caverns you can snorkel in, others are open where you can just swim and cool off. The excursions in the cenotes category are purely focused on cenotes, while the other adventures have other focus points but visit a cenote as part of the experience.

Q: I'M ON A CRUISE SHIP - CAN I DO THESE CENOTES TOURS?
A: Most of them.  You can do excursions that are 6 hours or less, in general.  More than 6 hours and it will be difficult for you to meet your ship's schedule.

Q: DO I NEED TO USE BIODEGRADABLE SUNSCREEN?
A: Yes.  All water activities in Playa del Carmen require that you use only biodegradable sunscreen.  See our biodegradable sunblock page for more information.

Q: ARE ALL CENOTES SIMILAR IN SIZE AND VARIETY OF FORMATIONS?
A: Not at all.  Some cenotes are very small and not very interesting.  Others are fascinating examples of subterranean formations that have been featured in IMAX movies and DVDs.  Every one is unique and different, with very special features.

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