Exploring the enchanting Cenote Azul is a must for visitors to Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, and the Yucatan Peninsula. Here, we’ll offer some useful tips to help you make the most of your visit. Nestled in a verdant garden of tropical plants, it is one of the most stunning open cenotes in the region.
Tulum and the surrounding area are full of cenotes, water-filled sinkholes that naturally occur in limestone rock when an underground cave collapses in on itself and exposes the groundwater underneath.
There are over 6000 cenotes dotted around the Yucatan Peninsula and some of the best ones are located around Tulum and are quite popular with locals and tourists alike.
At Cenote Azul, you could spend the day at this breathtaking cenote and take in the beauty of its surroundings. Alternatively, you could combine the visit to this cenote with a visit to a nearby beach or another cenote, for instance, the neighboring Cenote Cristalino. Whichever option you choose, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable experience.
Where is Cenote Azul?
Cenote Azul is situated on the outskirts of Puerto Aventuras, not far from both Playa del Carmen and Tulum, only 25 kilometers (15 miles) and 40 kilometers (18 miles) away respectively. It is possible to make a day trip to this cenote from either of those locations or even from Cancun, although it would take a longer time to get there.
How to get to Cenote Azul?
The cheapest and easiest way to get to Cenote Azul is via a Colectivo (minivan) from either Tulum or Playa del Carmen. They can be taken from the main road in Tulum Centro or from between 10th and 15th av in Playa.
Request the driver to drop me off at Cenote Azul. It is not far from the entrance and requires minimal walking. The cost is usually around 50 pesos per person.
Our favourite way to travel around Tulum is by simply renting your own car, which can be found at the Cancun airport, or in any town along the Maya Riviera. Having your own mode of transport allows you to go at your own pace and see other cenotes and sites along the way!
Quick Tips & Advice for Cenote Azul
Entrance Fee: 150 pesos ($7 USD). You can rent a lifejacket for 40 pesos and snorkel equipment for 80 pesos.
Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 5 pm every day
This is one of the busiest cenotes in the area, so be sure to come earlier (around 8:30 am) to beat the crowds, and don’t come on weekends if possible.
Make sure to bring mosquito spray, towels, and snorkeling gear. Remember NOT to use sunscreen or bug spray before entering the cenote, shower first if you do.
All About Cenote Azul
The Cenote Azul swimming area is comprised of two distinct pools, which are divided by a raised walkway. Guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in either pool, and the elevated path provides a convenient way to transition between the two.
The first one is a shallow pool which is great for relaxing and taking a leisurely dip and is particularly popular with families because older children can stand up in the water. The second pool is a bit deeper and has a low cliff jumping area which is great for snorkelling and swimming. You can easily move between both pools by swimming beneath the connecting walkway.
The shallow pool of the cenote is a great spot to chill and beat the heat as the water is slightly warmer than the deeper pool. It is also ideal for families with small children as it only goes up to 1 and a half metres in the centre, making it an ideal spot to lounge around in. There are plenty of rocks around the edges to sit on and relax.
Cenote Azul’s deeper pool has a cliff face that visitors can jump off of. The drop is almost 4 metres from the top to the water, which is approximately 6 metres deep. The activity was popular when we were there, and those who decided to take the plunge were greeted with cheers from onlookers.
Cenote Azul has a series of pathways that allow visitors to explore the area with ease. These trails provide access to the different parts of the cenote and let people move around the area with convenience.
What to do at Cenote Azul
The most popular thing to do at Cenote Azul, as with any cenote, is of course snorkelling. You can bring your own snorkel gear, or rent it for around 80 pesos.
The next best thing to do, if you’re up to the challenge, is go cliff jumping. It’s only around 3 and a half to 4 meters high, and the water is deep enough. It’s easy to get to the cliff top, simply walk to the side and up, or just follow the others going there. Do NOT dive into the water, it’s not deep enough.
Another great thing to do at Cenote Azul is to simply swim, relax and cool off. One thing you may notice is a bunch of little fish will start nibbling at your toes. Not to worry, they don’t actually bite, but are in fact cleaning your feet by eating all the microscopic organisms you carry with you. It’s a fun experience.
Cenote Azul Summary
Overall, Cenote Azul is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Tulum. With its crystal clear waters, lush vegetation, and serene atmosphere, this cenote offers a unique and unforgettable experience that is sure to leave you with lasting memories. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful spot to relax and unwind, or an exciting place to swim and dive, Cenote Azul has something for everyone.
So why not pack your swimwear, grab your sunscreen, and head on over to Cenote Azul in Tulum? With its natural beauty, stunning scenery, and endless opportunities for adventure, this cenote is the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature.