Cenote Yax Muul

Cenote Yax Muul is one of the secret gems in Tulum. Although the Yucatan Peninsula is best known for its cenotes, there are so many of them to visit them that some are less crowded than others. If you prefer the one on the latter group, you are guaranteed to love this cenote.

Cenote Yax Muul

Cenote Yax Muul is a breathtaking beautiful cenote with great swimming opportunities and amazing rock formations. As part of a massive underground river system in Mexico, this is a great cenote to visit if you want to cool off with the crystal clear waters and be left in awe by the magnificent caves.

This cenote is ideal for tourists who want to avoid the crowd. It is not as popular as other cenotes in the Tulum area but still very beautiful in its own right. It is located a little bit off the beaten path, so expect the road to get here to be a little rugged. Nonetheless, you will feel indulgent when you get to explore the turquoise waters inside the cave that are so clear you can see the bottom of the floor.

One of the most interesting details about Cenote Yax Muul is the two options that you can choose from to enter the cenote. The first option is to go down a set of stairs to reach the water. The second option is for the more adventurous type – to rappel down into the cave through a set of ropes.

Cenote Yax Muul is located inside a cavern. But there are plenty of facilities such as lighting that would enable you to swim or snorkel with ease even when it is dark inside the cave. The way the trees and their roots push through inside the cave and into the water also makes for an amazing detail. It creates eerily beautiful scenery inside this natural swimming hole.

There are several companies that offer tours to the Cenote Yax Muul. If you book this tour, you will be accompanied by a guide who will provide you with information about the history and culture of the Mayan cenotes, including this one. Some tours even include an ATV tour in the nearby jungle.


  • Opening Hours: 8AM to 5PM
  • Entrance Fee: 500 pesos
  • Good for Scuba Diving: Yes, and snorkeling
  • Good for Swimming: Yes
  • Facilities: Yes
  • Car Parking: Yes

Cenote Yax Muul is one of the hidden gems of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is one of the lesser known cenotes in the Tulum area but that does not take anything away from its beauty or the exhilarating experience that visitors can get here.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing and quiet swim in its crystal clear waters, or an exciting adventure as you rappel down or go an ATV tour of the jungle, this cenote won’t disappoint.

If you go swimming or snorkeling, you will stumble upon a variety of stalactites and stalagmites formations. These rock formations are as equally breathtaking as the crystalline waters that are located inside the cave. Some tours in this cenote will require you to participate in a mystic purification ceremony by the Mayans so you can immerse in the local culture.

Although the road to get to Cenote Yax Muul is a bit rugged, it is worth every ride. All swimmers and snorkelers are required to wear a life jacket while swimming. Once you have your swimming and snorkeling gears on, you are set to go.

There are basic facilities available outside of the cenote, such as rental for swimming and snorkeling equipment. There are also a few huts you can rest in if you are done with your swimming, snorkeling, or jungle tour. Street parking is also available on-site.

The climate in Tulum makes it perfect for a year-round visit to the cenote. If you plan to visit Cenote Yax Muul, you can visit any time of the year.


Cenote Yax Muul is located within the Carretera Federal Tulum in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico. This area is located about 131 kilometers from Cancun. If you are going to visit the cenote, the total travel time (via Mexico Highway 307) is approximately 1 hour.


Cenotes & Cavern Diving Tour

Explore the mystical world of the underground Mayan river system. When you book this tour, you will be able to dive deep into the cenote’s caverns to explore amazing rock formations such as stalagmites and stalactites.

This is a unique experience that is a must when you visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. You will be able to visit different cenotes to witness amazing natural light displays and many fish species.

ATV & Cenote Cave Exploration

The cenotes of Mexico are known for the beauty that awaits those who visit it on land and underground. Start off your cenote adventure with this exhilarating ATV tour wherein you will be able to see the land that the Mayans once lived in.

You will end the tour with an exploration of the underground caves and river system. You can swim, snorkel, or dive to your heart’s content.

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