Cenote Caracol is one of Tulum’s hidden gems. While there are many cenotes in the region, this one will require you to unleash the adventurous in you. The air dome style cenote is beyond impressive and it is definitely worth navigating your way through the rugged road.
Cenote Caracol is not one of those on the beaten track. In fact, it can be difficult to get to if you do not look specifically for it. From the tough dirt road to the deep cave that is accessible via a hole in the ground, it is not a cenote that you just stumble into.
Cenote Caracol is a very popular cenote for swimming. But most of those who come here do so for its spectacular diving opportunity. During your dive, you will stumble upon impressive rock formations. As you continue to explore the cave, you can go into small passages that each has something unique to offer. Just be careful so you won’t bump into the speleothem in some areas of the dive.
The cave will offer plenty of surprises throughout your dive. Some areas have wide passages but there are also some narrow ones. The speleothems are also available in a variety of shapes and formations.
All of them are undeniably breathtaking. The great thing about this dive is that it is not deep at all, so you do not need to be an advanced diver to qualify for it. The cenote water has an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.
- Opening hours: 8 AM to 5 PM
- Entrance fee: 100 pesos for the cenote (additional 25 pesos for park admission)
- Good for Scuba diving: Yes
- Good for swimming: Yes
- Facilities: Yes (there is even a camping site and restaurants near the cenote)
- Car parking: Yes
Cenote Caracol is one of the cenotes that is part of the Labnaha group, which belongs to the Sac Actum System. This is one of the world’s largest cave systems. The road to get to this cenote is a bit challenging but totally worth it once you arrive. But for your own safety (and especially when it is raining), it is recommended to bring a 4WD vehicle.
The cenote is frequented by tourists and swimmers. The crystal clear and cool water is a great way to cool off and relax from the Mexican heat. Therefore, you can expect for this cenote to have a substantial crowd.
This cenote is about 40 minutes from Playa del Carmen. It is a part of the Labna Ha Eco Park wherein you can find a wide range of other facilities. There are also restaurants and snack bars on-site that will enable you to enjoy some snack before and after you go swimming.
In order to access Cenote Caracol and enjoy a swim, you need to go down a wooden stairs. The cenote looks like a literal hole in the ground. There is a natural light to the cenote so you will enjoy an impressive view as you swim in the fresh water.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to Cenote Caracol, you must travel via Highway 307 and turn west. You must traverse the Sascab Road that is located half a kilometer from the Oscar & Lalo’s Restaurant.
You will be driving past Rancho Felipe for two more kilometers until you reach an impressive stone wall. You will find the gated entrance with signs to Cenote Caracol.
WHERE TO STAY
Cenote Caracol is accessible both from Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Therefore, you can choose to book your accommodation from any of these towns. You will be able to visit Cenote Caracol (and any other cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula) for a day trip.
A visit to Chichen Itza is the highlight of this tour. This is the most important archaeological ruin from the Mayan civilization, so you will be accompanied by a tour guide who will provide cultural and historical background for each site you visit.
This tour also includes a visit to the cenotes in the area, such as Cenote Caracol. It is the perfect way to end the tour as you can cool off from the Mexican heat.
Get the chance to explore the archaeological ruins and sacred sites for the Mayan civilizations with this private tour. The 12-hour tour comes with a guide wherein you will be going back in time to learn about the history and culture of the Mayans.
The tour will close off with a stop to the cenotes for a chance to swim in the sacred sinkholes. This tour includes a buffet lunch.