In the list of unique cenotes in Mayan Riviera, Cenote Xlacah is on the list. The cenote is flocked by lots of tourists but that is only because the cenote is located near an archaeological site that is frequented by tourists. This makes it an ideal destination to go to for those who are cenote-hopping because of the unique characteristics and experience that awaits every visit.


Cenote Xlacah is best known as the cenote that is within close proximity to a Mayan archaeological ruin – the Zona Arqueológica de Dzibilchaltún. Both of these destinations offer incredible beauty that is sought after by those who visit the Yucatan Peninsula.

The archaeological site consists of various pyramids, palaces, and historic church ruins. A few meters away from these ruins is a large cenote that is great for swimming. 

One thing that you will notice right away is the group of water lilies that are in the middle of the water. These water lilies add to the beauty of the cenote.

However, the highlight of Cenote Xlacah would have to be the crystal blue water. The water temperature is cool so it is the perfect spot to cool off if you spent some time exploring the ruins in the archaeological site. 

You can enter into the cenote by going down the rocks that form as ledge on the mouth of the cenote. Some parts of the cenote are shallow but the deepest part can reach 15 feet.

For the convenience of those who visit Cenote Xlacah, there are bathrooms available on-site. You can also find a few restaurants so it makes sense to spend a whole day here. You can visit the archaeological sites, swim, or sunbathe.


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  • Opening hours: Open daily from 8AM to 4PM.
  • Entrance fee: The entrance fee is 80 pesos (per person).
  • Good for Scuba diving: yes
  • Good for swimming: Yes
  • Facilities: Yes 
  • Car parking: Yes

Cenote Xlacah is known as the cenote within a Mayan site. Specifically, it is located near the center of the Dzibilchaltún Maya site. This archaeological site and cenote make a combo destination for one trip, which is why tourists love coming to this cenote. 

You will be able to explore the pyramid ruins at the Mayan site and then go swimming at the cenote to cool off from the heat.

The water in the Cenote Xlacah is unique from other cenotes you will find in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is not located deep underground but is accessible from the ground level. This also adds to the popularity of the cenote because it is accessible for people of all ages – from the young to the old.

The peak season of travel to Cenote Xlacah is in May. During this time of the year, the cenote also promises crystalline blue waters and irises that have freshly bloomed. If you are lucky, you can even spot tiny fishes that swim in the cenote.

 It is an experience unlike anything you’ve ever had before, as far as swimming is concerned.


To get to Cenote Xlacah, it is only a 15-minute drive from the city of Merida. You can ride a taxi (the fare costs roughly 200-300 Mexican Pesos) or book one of many tour companies that include a stop to the cenote.

When driving from Merida, take the third exit from the roundabout towards Calle 12 and into Mexico 261/Progreso. Then, use the left lane towards the Mexico 178/Mexico 261 ramp to Progreso. Exit onto Calle 19 before merging into Calle 50. 

Drive for a few minutes until you reach the exit to Mexico 261. Take the first exit at the roundabout. Continue driving until you reach the cenote.


Dzibilchaltun and Progreso: Full-Day Trip from Mérida

When in Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, a visit to the famous archaeological site Dzibilchaltun is a must. This tour will offer you that opportunity to not only see the archaeological site but also explore any other notable attractions within the area.

This tour lasts for 7 hours (or one full day). You will be accompanied by a Spanish- or English-speaking guide, who will provide you with a glimpse of the history of these Mayan ruins. The tour will include a stop in the famous Cenote Xlacah, which is located within the archaeological site that you will be visiting as part of this tour.


If you are planning a visit to the Cenote Xlacah, you can find an accommodation in Merida. This is the closest town to the cenote, which makes it an ideal destination for a day trip or tour. 

As the cultural heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, you will find a variety of tourist destinations to check out, as well as a variety of accommodation for different budget types.

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