Even for me, it is rare that a one-day adventure will include rappelling, cliff jumping, kayaking, snorkeling and zip lining. Very rare. But, all the aforementioned happened on the Xenotes Oasis Maya cenote tour leaving from Cancun and traveling through the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
5 Adventures. 4 Cenotes. 1 Day. Holler.
Cenotes are natural water-filled sinkholes that form when rainfall causes the layer over the cavern to collapse. The Yucatan Peninsula has an estimated 7000 of them. With so many, traveling to only four of them in one day doesn’t seem like such a feat.
Peter and I were picked up from our hotel at 9 in the morning, which was welcome after the 6:25am call time to swim with whale sharks the morning before. We were immediately on our way to the first cenote.
Cenote K’áak´ – Fire
The premiere cenote was named K’áak´, meaning fire. The adventure for this one was to grab onto a zip line, ride it until you are in the middle of the cenote and then drop into the brisk water. I was a little bit afraid of how cold the water was in this first sinkhole, so I may have held onto the zip line a couple seconds too long, which meant that my drop into the water wasn’t so deep.
Cliff jumping from 12 feet up will make up for that.
After the zip line, we took a short swim through the cenote and then reached the optional cliff jump. There was not really an option for me. I knew I was jumping. The platform looked about 12 feet up from the water, which doesn’t sound like that far…until, you are looking down.
I took two steps and jumped. My face said it all. Fear.
Lu’um Cenote – Earth
Cenote Lu’um was of the semi-open variety, a young sinkhole that is still partly closed on the top. This next stop required a short rappel to get inside, a little less scary than my recent rappel down a 100 foot waterfall in Costa Rica. The guide controlled the speed and offered a choice in ride: slow or fast. Since the drop into the dark hole lacked length I opted for the latter of the two, which got me to the waters edge in under ten seconds.
The water was cold.
When my feet hit the water, a chill went up my spine. Though it was frigid, the complete opposite of Cancun’s lukewarm ocean, I didn’t want to pass up swimming inside this semi-closed natural creation while the bats flew overhead. So, I jumped in.
Unfortunately, my flimsy flip flops broke at this stop. The next two spots would have to be done barefoot.
Iik’ Cenote – Wind
The third cenote offered three ways to get inside of it’s lily pad filled waters. You could either do a handheld zipline, a seated zip line or do another cliff jump from the platform that was about 20 feet above the water.
I did two of the three.
After zip lining and plunging into the water, I walked back up to the platform and took a jump off.
After the first three cenotes, and before the last, we fueled up with a buffet style lunch.
Much needed nourishment.
It consisted of all the makings for sandwiches, soup, potato salad and brownies. Plus, we celebrated our prior adventurous feats with cervezas and wine.
Ha’ Cenote – Water
The final cenote, started with a short kayak ride, where I was doing all the work while Peter relaxed after his beers at lunch. What’s up with that?
Then we put on our snorkeling gear and swam through Ha’ exploring the shallow underwater world.
It ended up being a very long, yet adventurous day traveling through the Yucatan Peninsula. What other excursion can you check 6+ goals off your bucket list in one shot? It also turned out to be a great addition to my list of the top things to do before you die.
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17 thoughts on “Zip Line into a Cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico”
I’d like to think I could jump off of a small cliff, but I’m not quite sure :-) Definitely an adrenaline filled day! I do love the photo of Peter just relaxing while you work. HA!
He definitely had it easy on the kayak part!! But, I got more exercise so I could drink more cervezas :)
Hello! Can you please give me more info about the zip line and jumping into the water? Thank you. Alex
The zip line is one you hang onto with your hands, and it takes you a short distance and then you let your hands go to jump into the water. You can book it through Xenotes: http://www.xenotes.com/
Sounds like you had a really fun time, Zip lining looks so much fun but I don’t know about the cold water :)
Me and anything cold is never good! Unless, it’s a margarita :)
I’m so excited the see the pictures & read the blog writing by enjoying the fulfill funn and happiness a full day for this place.
i m so happy to see your blog , it is full day interesting and enjoying destination. Thanks for share it……….
I just loved the places you have visited and I am definitely planning to go to these places. i just love to do zip lining which I first didi at Neemrana Fort Palace in India in the year 2007.
what company did you do this with?
I went with Xenotes Oasis: http://www.xenotes.com.mx/
I love the faces you make while cliff jumping and kayaking! Looks like the faces poor Darcee would make as I dragged her to these places!
I think of the 4 Cenote Lu’um looks the most beautiful though the frigid water would make me a bit sad.
Seeing the Cenotes in the Yucatan are definitely on my bucket list and hopefully I will be able to follow in your footsteps next July or August!
Thanks for the tips
It was definitely a worthwhile trip and I hope you check it off your bucket list!
Hi! I just start reading your blog, and it is wonderful, I love the photos of the amazing cenotes. It looks like you had a great experience. I start my blog two months ago about traveling in Mexico, and I love to read the different experiences for travelers. Thanks to your blog my bucket list will be longer!
Thanks for reading and congrats on starting your blog!!
Hi! How long was this tour with Xenotes? I haven’t been able to find that information but assume it is all day? Was it really worth a full day if we only have 3 days to spend adventuring? Thanks!
the tour was most of the day, and it was definitely a good time. But, with only 3 days you’d have to decide if that’s the adventure you want. If you want something shorter, you could hire a driver to take you directly just one cenote so you’d get the experience but it’d be quicker.