Tucked away in the middle of a lush jungle is Cenote Lol Ha. This hidden gem is located right in the heart of a thick rainforest in a town called Yaxunah in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It is a quiet cenote that is not as thick with tourists as other cenotes in the state, which is perfect for those seeking an idyllic escape.


Cenote Lol Ha might not be flocked as other cenotes but that does not take away anything from this cenote. In fact, most of those that have visited it claim that it is one of the most beautiful cenotes that they have ever seen. That is saying a lot given there are over 200 cenotes in Mexico.

Most of those who visit Cenote Lol Ha do so through accidental discovery. This cenote can be passed through when you are driving to Merida. The cenote can be hard to find because it is surrounded by ancient endemic trees. It is located approximately 15 miles from Chichen Itza, which is one of the top attractions for tourists in Merida.

Cenote Lol Ha is an open type cenote, which means that there is a large opening in the middle of this underground sinkhole. Several branches and roots hang from the trees that surround the cenote, which creates a mystical detail to the cenote.

To access the deep blue waters of this cenote, you need to make your way down a set of stairs. When you reach the bottom, you can jump right into the crystalline waters for a relaxing swim. In fact, the water is so clear that you can see what is beneath the surface. Depending on which part of the cenote you explore, the depth can vary significantly.

The name of the cenote is derived from a Mayan word, which means “bud of water”. This Mayan reference also speaks to the significance of this cenote to the ancient Mayan people who once inhabited the area.

This cenote is important not just for tourists seeking a quiet and cool escape from the heat, or with the ancient Mayan people. It also serves as home to a variety of animal species such as various bird species (owls and swallows), armadillos, iguanas, squirrels, and raccoons, among other things.


  • Opening Hours: 9AM to 5PM
  • Entrance Fee: 35 pesos
  • Good for Scuba Diving: Yes
  • Good for Swimming: Yes
  • Facilities: Yes
  • Car Parking: Yes

Cenote Lol Ha is a hidden natural pool within the village of Yaxunah. It boasts of deep blue, crystal clear waters that are refreshing enough to swim in, for those wanting relief from the Mexican heat. The water is estimated to go as deep as 30 meters.

If you are looking for a quiet place to swim in, this cenote has got that for you. It is not as crowded as other cenotes with plenty of people from tours stopping by at once. In fact, you can visit at specific times of the day wherein you can have the cenote to yourself.

There are also other attractions in the village and near the jungle where this cenote is located in. The archaeological sites of Yaxunah include a museum and small ruins. These attractions provide other things to see and explore during your visit.

The cenote might not be as commercially developed and maintained as other cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. However, it does provide the basic facilities such as restrooms, changing rooms, and rental facility for life jacket. There is also a parking lot available for those who are going to drive themselves to the cenote.


To get to Cenote Lol Ha, you must travel to the town of Yaxunah. It is both equal in distance if you are traveling from Merida or Cancun. You can take the bus to Yaxunah or a taxi (although bus is cheaper). You need to alight at the town of Piste, which is next to Chichen Itza.


Tulum, ATV, and Open Cenote Tour

This tour is available for one full day that allows you to see the best that Tulum has to offer. You will be joined by a tour guide who will take you to different tourist spots in Tulum to learn about its fascinating culture and history.

You will also get a chance to ride the ATV to explore these different sites. You will end your day with a visit to one of the cenotes in Tulum. This is a natural open water swimming hole that you can dive into to freshen up or discover the marine life beneath the crystal clear waters.

Cenote River: Snorkeling & Paddleboarding Tour

If you love to indulge in water sport activities such as snorkeling and paddleboarding, this is the tour for you. This tour will take place in Tulum and comes with a guide. You will be able to explore the cenotes and cruise the river on a paddleboard or by snorkeling.

Feel relaxed and appreciate the natural beauty that you behold as you immerse in the beautiful, natural setting of the cenotes in Tulum. The tour will provide you with the snorkeling and paddleboarding gear you need.

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