Cenote Chac Mool
Cenote Chac Mool is one of the most popular cenotes and diving sites in Playa del Carmen. The deep caves and awe-inspiring stalactite formations in this cenote will give you an adrenaline rush.
Cenote Chac Mool
Cenote Chac Mool has earned its reputation as a paradise for cavern divers. Needless to say, this cenote is popular with tourists especially during summer when water visibility is at its best. The name Chac Mool literally translates to “Red or Great Jaguar Paw”.
The moment you walk into the cenote, you will feel like in the midst of a wilderness. There are trunks and tree branches that block your path and they extend into the waters. The Cavern Zone is another impressive feature of Cenote Chac Mool as there are giant monoliths and awe-inspiring views of the jungle.
During sunny days, light penetrate into the cenote creating an amazing natural light show. Another cenote known as Cenote Kukulkan is part of the larger Chac Mool system, which means you have plenty of areas to explore for swimming or diving.
The cenote water is turquoise and crystal clear. If you enter through the main entrance, you will pass through the Dome Room. This area offers great opportunities for diving that is only suited for experienced and certified divers.
Aside from stalactite formations, the divers at this area can also spot fossils. If you access the side entrances, you will get a glimpse of the Little Brother cenote and Cenote Kukulkan.
Aside from diving and swimming, snorkeling is another popular activity among tourists who visit the cenote.
- Opening hours: 10 AM to 5 PM
- Entrance fee: 200 pesos
- Good for Scuba diving: Yes
- Good for swimming: Yes
- Facilities: Yes
- Car parking: Yes
Cenote Chac Mool is indeed best known for its diving opportunities. Avid cavern divers have this cenote in their bucket list. Diving in this cenote is possible all year round. The average water temperature is at 24 to 25 degrees Celsius. There are no currents inside the cenote.
In terms of water visibility, the maximum depth of visibility is 30 meters or 10 meters on average. It will vary depending on which part of the cenote you are diving in.
Most of the dive sites in this cenote are suited for expert divers, though. Training is required before you are allowed to dive. You must also have complete cave diving gear.
The beautiful formations and fossils underneath the water make underwater photography another popular activity in this cenote. There is a strong halocline in this dive site.
There are also a number of species that you will encounter in this cenote such as cave worms, spiders, and cat fishes. Some of the highlights in this cenote include the air dome, fossils, cave wild life, and tannic water.
When you visit Cenote Chac Mool, it is recommended that you bring your own gear – swimming or diving. The use of life jacket is also recommended, even for those who know how to swim. If you are going swimming, use biodegradable insect repellent or sunscreen.
HOW TO GET THERE
f you want to experience the beauty and diving of Cenote Chac Mool, you can travel to this cenote as part of your day trip from Playa del Carmen. It is about a 30-minute drive to reach the cenote from the center of Playa del Carmen.
Travel northwest on Calle 12 towards 20 Avenida Nte. Turn right towards 50 Avenida Norte and then left at Av Constituyentes. At the second cross street toward 50 Avenida Sur/Cancun Mexico 307 road, you must turn left.
At the end of that road, turn right to reach the Cenote Chac Mool in Quintana Roo.
WHERE TO STAY
There are two options available when looking for places to stay to have access to Cenote Chac Mool. You can stay in Playa del Carmen, wherein you can enjoy a variety of other tourist destinations and activities.
If you are looking for an adventure in Quintana Roo, this tour is for you. With duration of 7 hours, you get to spend your day exploring the most legendary and awe-inspiring caves in the area. With an English-speaking guide, you will learn about the history of the underground Mayan ruins.
After a day-filled exploration of the caves, you will get to end the tour by swimming in the cenote of Chac Mool.
The Chichen Itza is inarguably the most popular archaeological ruins in Mexico, as far as tourist visits are concerned. Grab this opportunity to see the impressive ruins during your stay. Explore the vast temples that are hidden in the middle of the thick Mexican rainforest.
You will also get to visit the cenote Chac Mool and get a glimpse of the well-known sculpture while you are there.