Zip Line into a Cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico

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 & Annette White in Cancun Mexico

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.

Annette White Cliff Jumping into a Cenote in Cancun, Mexico

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.
A Mexican Cenote in Cancun

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.Annette White Swimming in a Cenote in Cancun, Mexico

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.

Annette White Ziplining over a Cenote in Mexico

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.
Lunch while taking a Cenote Tour in Cancun, Mexico

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?
Kayaking in a Cenote in Cancun, Mexico

Cenotes Cancun

Then we put on our snorkeling gear and swam through Ha’ exploring the shallow underwater world.
Swimming in a Cenote in Cancun, Mexico

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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2019-01-26T13:48:20+00:00March 9th, 2015|Categories: Central America, Mexico, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |


  1. Heather March 10, 2015 at 7:13 am - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White March 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      He definitely had it easy on the kayak part!! But, I got more exercise so I could drink more cervezas 🙂

      • Aleksandra February 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm - Reply

        Hello! Can you please give me more info about the zip line and jumping into the water? Thank you. Alex

        • Annette White February 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

          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:

  2. Adam | Adventure awaits us March 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you had a really fun time, Zip lining looks so much fun but I don’t know about the cold water 🙂

    • Annette White March 10, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Me and anything cold is never good! Unless, it’s a margarita 🙂

  3. Tour Packages In India March 16, 2015 at 5:16 am - Reply

    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.

  4. 4 Nights Golden Triangle Tours October 17, 2015 at 5:26 am - Reply

    i m so happy to see your blog , it is full day interesting and enjoying destination. Thanks for share it……….

  5. Jennifer Martin April 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    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.

  6. georgina webb June 2, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

    what company did you do this with?

  7. Eric || The Bucket List Project December 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    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

    • Annette White December 13, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      It was definitely a worthwhile trip and I hope you check it off your bucket list!

  8. Ferny February 24, 2018 at 11:39 am - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White February 26, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading and congrats on starting your blog!!

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