Among the Coba Cenotes, Cenote Tankach-Ha is the most thrilling one, especially for those who love to jump from high platforms. If you are up for a challenge this is the one cenote you should go to.
Like the other tree cenotes in Coba, Cenote Tankach-ha is a cave cenote and you need to climb a few set of stairs to get to the water level.
It’s definitely not suitable for those who are claustrophobic and scared of heights. However, to enjoy this cenote you don’t necessarily have to jump.
The lower wooden platform is equipped with comfortable stairs to access the water. Just make sure you wear a life jacket as the water is quite deep and can be scary.
In this post, we will share all the necessary information to visit the Tankach-ha cenote so that you get there prepared.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CENOTE TANKACH-HA
Cenote Tankach-Ha is part of a group of three cenotes that includes Multun-ha and Choo-ha, (“ha” means water in Maya).
The three gorgeous cenotes are located between Coba and San Juan de Dios a spectacular area where you can find many other hidden treasures, including jungle trails, lesser-known cenotes, and Mayan ruins.
It is recommendable to save the entire day for this area for there is so much to see and you wouldn’t want to miss anything while you are here.
Also, there are cute boutique hotels in the small town of Coba where you can spend the night right by the lagoon and enjoy two full days of exploration without rushing it, you will enjoy watching spectacular sunsets over the water and dining in the cute local restaurants and coffee places in town.
We believe this is the best way to travel. Here below we will share also some tips on our favorite hotels and restaurants.
Cenote Tankach-Ha, just like the neighboring cenotes, is surrounded by a beautiful garden where you can find bathrooms and showers.
The shower is mandatory before swimming in the cenote and the community is very strict on that, which is something we really appreciate, seeing how much they care about the environment.
What are the cenotes?
A cenote is a freshwater sinkhole formed by the collapsing of the 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.
WHERE IS CENOTE CENOTE TANKACH-HA LOCATED
Cenote Tankach-Ha is only 6 km from Coba Ruins and 55 km from Tulum, 117 km from Playa del Carmen, and from Cancun is 140 km via Valladolid or 183 km via Tulum depending on your itinerary.
CENOTE TANKACH-HA MAP
HOW TO GET TO CENOTE CENOTE TANKACH-HA
How to get to Cenote Tankach-Ha by Car
We believe it’s the most convenient way to visit these cenotes. Renting a car will allow you to not only get to these cenotes at the time you want and at your own pace but also to explore the surroundings and even drive to the nearby Punta Laguna and the beautiful colonial town of Valladolid.
Getting to the Cenote Tankach-Ha by car is very easy.
If you are coming from Tulum just follow the sign to Coba and once you are in town, pass the archeological site and continue around the Coba Lagoon until you find a sign for the three Coba Cenotes.
Just follow the road and you will find the cenotes’ ticket office. You cannot miss it.
If you are coming from Playa del Carmen, get to Tulum first and then follow the sign to Coba.
If you are driving from Cancun, you could either pass by Tulum along the Federal Highway or take the toll road to Valladolid and then turn to Coba.
This one is much faster, so it really depends on how much time you have available.
But we would recommend staying on the road for a few days and enjoying visiting some of the many attractions that you will meet along the way, more cenotes, amazing archeological sites, and the incredible beaches along the Caribbean coastline.
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How to get to Cenote Tankach-Ha by local bus
Catch a bus in Tulum and get to Coba Ruins. Once there you will find either taxi for hire at 400 MXN per hour or bikes for rent at 80 MXN per hour if you are feeling adventurous.
How to get to Cenote Tankach-Ha by taxi
Getting to Cenote Tankach-Ha by taxi from Tulum or even from Playa del Carmen it’s quite expensive but it can be convenient if you don’t want to drive and you want to visit the cenote on your own and stay comfortable
We are not sure about the price because it depends on many factors. However, we recommend asking your hotel reception for a recommended driver and making sure you agree on the fare before confirming it.
Visit Cenote Tankach-Ha by tour
If you don’t feel like driving and you have a limited time, joining an organized tour can be a great option.
Besides, a knowledgeable guide will share interesting information about Mexican culture and history and if you travel alone you will have the chance to meet like-minded people and share your amazing experience in the Yucatan peninsula.
So here are some high-rated tours we have picked for you.
► Discover Tulum, Visit Coba And Swim In A Real Mayan Cenote Round Trip And Buffet
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 11 Reviews
With this tour, an experienced tour guide will take you to explore two of the Yucatan’s historic highlights: Tulum and Coba, take a swim at the Tankach-Ha and Choo-Ha cenotes and you will enjoy a delicious regional buffet. Round-trip transfers are included as well. BOOK IT HERE
► 4×1! Tulum, Coba, Cenote & Playa del Carmen for 1 price from Cancun and Riviera
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Reviews
Prepare to have a very long day as the tour lasts around 13 hours but you will see so much! Coba, Tulum archaeological site, the spectacular cenote of Tankach-ha, and a shopping stop in Playa del Carmen. This tour is ideal for those who don’t have much time and want to see as much as possible. But if you have time we would rather spread these over two days. BOOK IT HERE
THINGS TO DO IN CENOTE CENOTE TANKACH-HA
✅ Swim and float in the spectacular crystalline water, while admiring the beautiful landscape and rock formations.
✅ jump from the platforms is a great fun
✅ Explore the other nearby cenotes Multum-ha and Choo-ha
Cenote Tankach-Ha Facilities
✔️ Changing rooms
✔️ Life Jacket Rental (50 MXN)
Cenote Tankach-Ha entrance fee
The entrance fee of Cenote Tankach-Ha is 100 MXN pp for (5 USD)
Cenote Tankach-Ha opening hours
Cenote Tankach-Ha is open from 9 to 6 every day
Cenote Tankach-Ha depth
Cenote Tankach-Ha is very shallow so you don’t really need a life jacket, but you can rent it if you want to feel safer.
HOW TO VISIT CENOTE TANKACH-HA AND RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
🔴 Don’t wear any type of sunscreen
🔴 Don’t bring any kinds of speakers for music
🔴 Don’t be loud
🔴 You are not allowed to bring any alcohol
🔴 Don’t smoke
🔴 Pets are NOT allowed
🔴 Don’t trash
🔴 Don’t hold on to the stalagmites and rocks
WHAT TO BRING TO CENOTE CENOTE TANKACH-HA
✔️ Swimsuit and a change for when you leave
✔️ Beach towel
✔️ Go Pro Hero 10 for stunning underwater pictures
✔️ A plastic waterproof phone bag
INSIDER TIP – try to avoid weekends and be there in the early morning when they open if you want to avoid crowds.
THE BEST OF CENOTE TANKACH-HA
The best of Cenote Tankach ha is the spectacular crystal clear blue water and the tall platform for jumping (for the bravest)
THE WORST OF CENOTE TANKACH-HA
It gets crowded during the day and on weekends
TIPS TO PHOTOGRAPH CENOTE TANKACH-HA
This cenote is a bit complicated to photograph for the bad lighting.
It is essential to use the tripod to photograph this cenote. You can use the HDR technique for a better result.
WHAT CAN YOU VISIT NEARBY
Category – jumping
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐/ 5
SUGGESTED HOTELS IN COBA
If you have time we suggest you should spend a few days in Coba and enjoy the peaceful village vibes and the local cuisine while you explore the area at a slow pace.
In fact there are cute lovely hotels where you can stay and get pampered when you finish your explorations.
We have stayed in Coba several times and here are our suggested hotels for different budgets.
- Best luxury hotel in Coba – Coqui Coqui
- Mid-range price – Aldea Cobà
- Best Low Budget – Itza Cobà