Cenote Santa Rosa is a complete tourist destination that includes two cenotes, restaurant services, cabins for rent, and a space for events and celebrations.
Among the more than 20 tourist cenotes in Homún, Santa Rosa cenote stands out for its inclusive services thanks to its lodging and restaurant. They also organize weddings, events that have become quite popular to celebrate in a cenote.
In fact, there are more sites in the Humun areas that offer the same kind of full experience with all the facilities they offer. Besides Santa Rosa, you will find Santa Cruz cenote, San Antonio cenote, San Isidro cenote, and Santa Bárbara.
No worries, we will talk about each of them.
Let’s get to know the Santa Rosa cenote so you can choose what to do on your trip 👍🏽
What are the cenotes?
A cenote is a freshwater sinkhole formed by the collapsing of limestone soil, the type of stone that the Yucatan Peninsula is mainly made of. The cenotes allow us access to the water table. These holes are produced naturally by the collapse of the roof.
Sacred to the Mayan civilization they are now some of the main tourist attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula. Read more about the Mexico cenotes.
Things to know about Cenote Santa Rosa
As we mentioned before, the Santa Rosa cenote is a place to spend the whole day. You can enjoy the two cenotes and have a nice lunch in their restaurant.
The first cenote is a very nice underground cenote. You go down some easy stairs to the crystal clear waters. There is a platform from which you can jump also.
This cenote is illuminated with colorful lights. We usually call among ourselves the cenote-disco, because of its discotheque atmosphere with strobe lights.
The other cenote is an open cenote. In fact, they opened it themselves by excavating the limestone. This practice is becoming more common to adapt nature to humans.
This type of practice is carried out by the Xcaret group in its “natural parks”, something that we do not consider favorable to the preservation of natural places.
We like cenotes as natural as possible, we like nature as it is, as there is no better beauty than nature.
Having said that, our job is to give the information and everyone chooses their place.
The facilities of the Santa Rosa Homún cenote are excellent, we admit. Good restaurant and has comfortable, cute cabins. Several years ago, when they first opened, we stayed for one night and loved it. They have grown a lot by now, as have other Homún businesses.
FUN FACT – the cenote is pet friendly. It is one of the very few cenotes that we know of that you can visit with your pets 🐶
How to get to Cenote Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa cenote is located in Homún, 50 kilometers from Mérida, the capital of Yucatán. Once you get to Homún, on the main road that crosses the town, you will see the sign.
It is easy to find, and we leave you the map for your convenience
How to get to Homún (cenote Santa Rosa) by Car
From Mérida take Calle 59 to the periphery of the city, and follow the sign to Chichén Itzá. Continue on the road for almost 30 kilometers until the detour to Tahmek.
You will drive through Hocabá and then Homún. On the road, you will see several people who will stop you from offering motorcycle taxi tours in Homún.
Sometimes they are a bit pushy. Once you arrive in Homún, you can get to the cenotes on your own or visit them on a moto taxi tour. It’s up to you but if you have your own car, you are better off on your own, especially following our advice 🙂
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How to get to Homún by Local Bus
From Mérida the bus leaves (medium van) from the colonial Centro (calle 52 x 65 y 67). Mini-vans from Mérida to Homún start running from 6 in the morning, and the last departure is at 5:30 pm.
From Homún to Mérida, the first departure is at 5:30 in the morning and the last between 5 and 6 in the afternoon. The price is 34 pesos per person.
The schedules of the buses are approximate as they leave when they are full. It is a very busy route, so it is easy for the bus to fill up quickly.
The ride is approximately 1 hour.
How to get to Cenote Santa Rosa by taxi
Motorcycle taxi services are available in Homún to take you to various cenotes including Tza Ujun Kat.
The guides offer a selection of Homún cenotes to choose from and provide information to help you decide. Usually, they take you to the ones that are closest to Homún, but there are other options available.
As experts in the area, we provide you with the best information on the Homún cenotes. And if you are reading this blog you can easily go on your own, unless you don’t feel comfortable renting a car.
In this case, you can use one of these taxis but tell them which cenotes you are interested in visiting, based on our detailed descriptions. 😊
You can let the guides know which cenote you would like to visit, but keep in mind that if it is further away, the price may increase slightly. It is essential to agree on the price before leaving.
The prices are around 300 pesos for a tour of the cenotes by motorcycle taxi. You can see from 3 to 5 cenotes depending on the time you spend. You can agree on another price to spend more time and go to cenotes further away such as the Mani Chan, Caliskutz, or Che en Yuc cenotes.
Things to do in the Cenote Santa Rosa
- Swim and chill – you can just enjoy the cool waters and the cave
- Snorkel – it is a good idea to wear a diving mask to enjoy more
- Spend the day – the facilities of the Santa Rosa cenote invite you to spend the entire day in this place and enjoy the surroundings
Cenote Santa Rosa Facilities
- Restaurant and bar
- Hammock area
- Craft shop
- Life jackets are included in the price, they are mandatory
- They do weddings inside the cenote with a Mayan ceremony – this tourist practice is becoming common in many cenotes. Whatsaap contact: +52 999 508 5367
It is not allowed to introduce food, drinks, or coolers.
Cenote Santa Rosa Entrance fee –
150 pesos for each person (8 USD approx)
Cenote Santa Rosa Opening Hours
Open every day from 10 to 17
Cenote Santa Rosa offer 3 tipes of bungalows from 800 pesos night to 1200 pesos.
How to visit Cenote Santa Rosa and respect the environment
We hope to maintain the natural beauty of the cenote and its surroundings, and fortunately, it’s not too difficult to do so.
We’ve compiled some simple guidelines to minimize harm to the environment.
✅ Avoid making loud noise
✅ Don’t litter
✅ Don’t use any kind of cream sprays or protectors on your skin as they can contaminate the environment, even if they’re labeled as “eco-friendly.”
✅ Before entering the cenote, it’s important to take a shower, which is available at the entrance.
✅ Avoid touching the stalactites, stalagmites, or roots, and refrain from any behavior that could harm the environment.
If we appreciate the environment we will learn to respect it.
What to bring to Cenote Santa Rosa
- Change of clothes
- Towel to dry off
- Mosquito repellent to wear after you come out of the water as there are many mosquitos around
- Mask and snorkel gear and life jacket are available for rent but it would be much better if you have your own, both for hygienic purposes and saving
- You can walk on your flip flop although I always like to wear closed shoes when I am in the wilderness, mainly to avoid bug bites. But it’s totally up to you
What we like about Cenote Santa Rosa
The cave cenote is very beautiful and access is easy by wooden stairs. The other one is open, and you can still comfortably go down some stone stairs.
The facilities are very comfortable, to enjoy a whole day in the place.
What we don’t like about Cenote Santa Rosa
We do not like the lighting of the cave cenote, it makes it unnatural to our liking. The constant change of colors makes it look like a discotheque.
Likewise, the excavation of the second cenote is somewhat ugly because it is not natural.
We like the more natural cenotes, but that depends on personal taste.
Tips for photographing the cenote Santa Rosa
Cave cenotes are more complicated to photograph than open ones. In this case, the cave is quite illuminated, something that favors taking photos. Since the lights are changing, try taking different photos with the light that best suits you.
The open cenote is much easier to photograph without many contrasts of light and shadow.
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Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
What to visit near Cenote Santa Rosa
- Ruins Acanceh 24 km/15 miles 40 minutes by car
- Ruins Mayapan 46 km/28.5 miles 1 hour by car
- The other cenotes of Homun 😁
Where to stay in Homún
Homun has grown a lot over the years and you can now find many different kinds of stays from the simplest local hotel to more sophisticated luxury places. Here below we will share our hotel recommendations.
Great laid-back luxury glamping just outside Homun downtown. Guests also love their pool and deck chairs and the on-site restaurant offering also vegan dishes.
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🏨 Hotel Santa Maria
Simple local hotel for a budget stay. The rooms are not fancy but spacious and clean. They have a pool and an indoor restaurant with local dishes.
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🏨 Reset Atemporal
Interesting luxury stay just outside Homun downtown. This new hotel offer luxurious cabañas equipped with thoughtful details.
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