The Cenotes are located on the east side of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula. The easiest way to get there would be to fly into Cancun and make the two hour trip to Tulum via bus or shuttle.
Prices vary from about $5-$15 dollars depending on whether they are touristy or not, but I can assure you it is 100% worth it!
Personally I love exploring places on my own without the confinements of a tour. There’s loads of places in town where you can rent a car at a great price. So with our car and google maps we visited all the Cenotes we could get to.
Where to stay
We stayed in Tulum, I’m going to put it out there and say it is one of my favourite places I’ve ever been. Crystal clear water beaches and a great atmosphere in town. We stayed at Playita Playa on the beach (after 6 months of backpacking this was our splurge) and it was absolutely beautiful!
How much time do you need there
We were lucky enough to have a week in Tulum, so we spread out our cenote visits. Ideally you want to have an hour or two at each one, it really is hard to leave! Although it would be possible to see a few in one day with a car if you are under a time constraint.
When is the best time to go
I have visited this part of Mexico twice at different parts of the year and the Cenotes were just as beautiful each time. Most open from 9-5, if you want to avoid the crowds you’ll want to get there at opening or towards the end of the day. They can get pretty crazy with lots of tourists and it kinda loses its magic when you have someone kicking and splashing in your face. We were lucky enough to enjoy most of the Cenotes to ourselves and it was an experience not to be missed!
What should I do there
Make sure you take some snorkels, the water is perfectly clear and you can see into the caves. You can rent snorkels there but it is much more expensive than in town.
Why should it be on my bucket list
You will really need to visit these places to experience the magic! There’s something about the tranquility of the Cenotes that is so calming and breathtaking