Saturday, 1 February 2014

Cenote Dos Ojos - The gateway to the Mayan Underworld near Cancun

Cenotes (sinkholes) can be found all over the Yucatan Peninsula, especially near Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The word cenote comes from the Mayan word Dzonot, which means sacred well, since they believed it was the gateway to the underworld.

Geologists estimate that there exist over 6,000 cenotes in the area. However, only just over 2,000 have been discovered. These cenotes are estimated to be over 6,500 years old and are only found here.

This amazing set of cenotes is part of the Nohoch Nah Chich system, which is also connected to the Dos Palmas Cenote. The name Dos Ojos means Two Eyes in English and originates from the two circular shaped cenotes that are located close to each other.

This is a divers´ paradise, with 57 Kms of underground rivers with an average depth of around 24 meters. Its understandable why Dos Ojos is very popular among divers and the most experienced ones will be able to dive to the connecting cenote Dos Palmas. This second cenote is perfect for snorkeling and you will be able to float through caverns full of crystal clear waters, stalagmites and stalactites.


Entrance is 180 Mexican pesos per person (14usd approx.). You can rent the snorkel and life jacket at Dos Ojos for an extra charge. 

Diving in Dos Ojos comes with an extra charge too.

Opening time

Open every day 8am–5pm.

How to get to Dos Ojos

From Cancun: located 1 and ½ hour away. Take the Playa Express bus (located in front of the ADO bus station). Upon arrival at Playa del Carmen, head to 5th Avenue and Juarez (opposite the ADO bus station) and take the Tulum Express bus to Cenote Dos Ojos.

From Playa del Carmen: located 35 minutes away. Take the Tulum Express bus, which is located on 5th Avenue and Juarez (opposite the ADO bus station).

From Tulum: located 20 minutes away. Take the Tulum Express bus that goes to Playa del Carmen. Ask the driver to stop outside Dos Ojos. It is a quiet a long walk to the entrance, almost 4 Kms. You can stop a taxi on the main road and he will drive you there.

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NOTE: Information, including prices and opening times are correct at the time of writing (15 February 2013).