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Visit the 5 Spectacular Coba Cenotes: Info & Prices [2022]

Planning to visit Coba? In this complete guide to Coba Cenotes we will share all the travel tips that you will need to visit them.

Most of the time underrated, we believe that the Coba Cenotes are some of the the most beautiful cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. Stay with us and we will tell you all about it.

Sitting by a pretty lagoon, and surrounded by lush vegetation, Coba is a small village situated at only 50-minute drive from Tulum and 1 hour from the pretty colonial town of Valladolid (Yucatan) in the state of Quintana Roo.

That means that whether you are vacationing in Tulum or anywhere in the Yucatan Peninsula, you don’t have excuses not to visit. 😜 Coba is mostly renowned for the beautiful archeological site home to the highest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, Nohoch-Mul.

Choo ha cenote
Choo-ha Cenote

You will definitely need to include Coba ruins in your itinerary and spend a couple of hours walking around this spectacular archeological site hidden in the lush Mayan jungle.

But when you finish your tour you will love to cool off in one of the amazing Coba Cenotes located at only 7 km from the ruins.

In this post, we will tell you how to do it, but first of all a little introduction on what are the cenotes for those who are not familiar with these incredible natural wonders of Mexico.

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.

COBA CENOTES MAP

Coba Cenotes Map
Photo © Google Map

COBA CENOTES ONE BY ONE

There are actually 5 cenotes near Coba but three of them are the most popular and managed by the same community, Cenote Multum-ha, Cenote Choo-ha, and Cenote Tankach-Ha.

However, there are other two small cenotes nearby, that almost nobody knows about (now you do!) located further down the same road in the village of San Juan de Dios.

They are cenote Muul Ichi Ts’ono’ot and Xaman Cave.

But let’s talk about each one of the Coba cenotes and how to reach them.


1. Cenote Multum-ha

Multum ha cenote
Multum Ha Cenote

Cenote Multum ha is located in a beautiful garden with showers and bathrooms. Remember it is mandatory to shower before entering all the cenotes.

Cenote Multum-ha is a cave cenote and you need to climb down a 18 mt tall set of stairs.

Once you reach the wide wooden platform and look up, you will be in awe at the spectacular huge dome with stalactites pointing down to the crystal clear water.

cenote multum ha coba

THINGS TO DO IN CENOTE MULTUM-HA

✅ Float in the spectacular crystalline water, while admiring the stalactites hanging down from the huge natural dome

✅ Snorkel around and look and the amazing rock formations.

✅ Jump from the wooden platform


CENOTE MULTUM HA FACILITIES AND INFO

✔️ Bathrooms

✔️ Showers

✔️ Changing rooms

✔️ Life Jacket Rental (50 MXN)


CENOTE MULTUM-HA ENTRANCE FEE –  100 MXN pp for (5 USD)

CENOTE MULTUM-HA OPENING HOURS – from 9 to 6 every day

CENOTE MULTUM-HA DEPTH – 17mt depth

Interesting fact: Cenote Multum-ha means “hill below the water” in the Mayan language!


2. Cenote Choo-ha

Choo-ha cenote blue water
Choo-ha cenote

Cenote Choo-ha is the most suitable for families, for its shallow water and spacious natural platform with easy access to the water.

It’s a spectacular large cave cenote with incredible rock formations and crystal clear transparent natural pool.

Differently from the other two cenotes, in Cenote Choo-ha you can even see the bottom and swim comfortably.

In this cenote, you are not allowed to jump though, because the water is not deep enough.

Cenote Choo-Ha

THINGS TO DO IN CENOTE CHOO-HA

✅ Float in the spectacular crystalline water, while admiring the beautiful landscape around you.

✅ Admire the amazing rock formations.


CENOTE CHOO-HA FACILITIES AND INFO

✔️ Bathrooms

✔️ Showers

✔️ Changing rooms

✔️ Life Jacket Rental (50 MXN)


CENOTE CHOO-HA ENTRANCE FEE –  100 MXN pp for (5 USD)

CENOTE CHOO-HA OPENING HOURS – from 9 to 6 every day

3. Cenote Tankach-Ha

Cenote Tankach-ha cenote
Cenote Tankach-Ha

Cenote Tankach ha is for the more adventurous. After climbing down some tall wooden snail stairs, you will find yourself on a wide wooden platform from where you can easily step down into the crystal clear water or jump.

In fact, this cenote has two high platforms of 10 and 5-mt respectively, for the adrenaline junkies to jump. Its waters are 27mt deep so there is absolutely no danger of touching the bottom.

The best part of it is that it’s so crystal clear that you can see through quite deep.

Make sure you bring your mask and snorkel to be able to explore more of the precious underwater world.

cenote tankach ha

THINGS TO DO IN CENOTE TANKACH-HA

✅ Float in the spectacular crystalline water and relax

✅ Snorkel around and look and the amazing underwater rock formations.

✅ Jump from the 5 mt and 10 mt platforms

✅ Take beautiful pictures


TANKACH-HA FACILITIES AND INFO

✔️ Bathroom

✔️ Showers

✔️ Changing rooms

✔️ Life Jacket Rental (50 MXN)


CENOTE CHOO-HA ENTRANCE FEE –  100 MXN pp for (5 USD)

CENOTE CHOO-HA OPENING HOURS – from 9 to 6 every day

4. Cenote Muul Ichi Ts’ono’ot

Cenote Muul Ichi Ts'ono'
Cenote Mul’ichi Ts’on’ot

Cenote Muul Ichi Ts’ono’ot is very difficult to pronounce and spell, but I am sure when you see the sign on the road you will know.

It’s an off-the-beaten-path cenote and yet really worth a visit.

Once you climb down a snail stair you will find yourself in the womb of mother earth, on a natural rounded platform surrounded by crystal clear water at the bottom and a sky of stalactites on top.

Cenote Mul’ichi Ts’on’ot

CENOTE MUUL ICHI TS’ONOT FACILITIES AND INFO

✔️ Bathrooms

✔️ Showers


CENOTE MUUL ICHI TS’ONOT ENTRANCE FEE –  100 MXN pp for (5 USD) (include access to Xaman Cave)

CENOTE MUUL ICHI TS’ONOT OPENING HOURS – from 8 to 5 every day

5. Xaman Cave

Xaman Cave is a beautiful cave cenote, which is not swimmable but it’s still worth a visit. In this cenote, they usually do Mayan ceremonies including weddings.

Both cenotes belong to the community of San Juan de Dios at about 10 km from Coba and 2 km from the other above-mentioned cenotes.

cueva xaman
Ceremony at Xaman cave

How to get to the Coba Cenotes

Although they are in different locations the above-mentioned cenotes are scattered around a small area right past the Coba Mayan Ruins and therefore the instructions on how to get there are the same for all of them.

How to get to Coba Cenotes by Car 

Renting a car in the Yucatan Peninsula is our favorite way to move around and even more for these cenotes for which local transportation is not available.

When renting a car in Mexico we recommend Discover Cars because on their website you can compare different companies and their prices and you can choose between their car insurance or the ones offered by the car rental directly, or both.

If you are coming from Tulum take the road to Coba and then once in Coba, keep driving past the Mayan ruins and around the Coba Lagoon until you find a sign for the three Coba Cenotes.

Coba Cenote Sign

Just follow the road and you will find the cenotes’ ticket office. You cannot miss it.

The ticket office is only for the three cenotes Multun-ha, Choo-ha, and Tankach-ha and there you must pay for the cenotes you want to visit.

It’s not mandatory to visit them all although very much recommended if you have time. They are all spectacular each one in its own way.

To get to San Juan de Dios instead, you need to follow the main road until you find the sign of the cenote. Make sure you check on google Maps before hitting the road so that you don’t get lost.


How to get to Coba Cenotes by local bus

There are no buses to take you to Coba cenotes. You can get from Tulum to Coba archeological site, though, and from there you can either hire a taxi or rent a bike which could also be a nice adventure in the jungle.

Keep in mind that you can bike to the first three cenotes while getting all the way to the San Juan de Dios is a little too far away.

As I am writing this, below are the prices from Coba Ruins parking lot. You can ask for a taxi or bike rental.

  • Taxi 400 mxn/hr
  • Bike 80 mxn/hr

How to get to Coba cenotes by taxi

Getting to Coba cenote by taxi from Tulum can get a bit expensive, but doable.

If this is an option that you want to consider, just make sure you ask your hotel for a reliable taxi driver and agree on the price before confirming the trip.

We cannot suggest an ideal price because it all depends on the driver and on the time you are going to keep him, how many stops and other variables.

Choo-ha cenote entrance
Choo-ha entrance

HOW TO VISIT COBA CENOTES 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 COBA CENOTE

✔️ Swimsuit and a change for when you leave
✔️ Beach towel
✔️ Go Pro Hero 10 for stunning underwater pictures
✔️ A plastic waterproof phone bag
✔️ Water

INSIDER TIP – try to avoid weekends and be there in the early morning when they open if you want to avoid crowds. 

Cenote coba

SUGGESTED HOTELS IN COBA

Coba is a beautiful place where to spend a few nights. Just at only 40 minutes from the busy Tulum, you get to enjoy the peaceful vibe of a small tranquil village by the Coba lagoon.

You can enjoy beautiful walks in nature, and visit the cenote and the Mayan Ruins when there are no people around.

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
Coqui Coqui Hotel
Coqui Coqui hotel
Hotel Itza Coba
Hotel Itza Coba

SUGGESTED RESTAURANTS IN COBA

Upscale Restaurant – Coqui Coqui
Local cuisine and delicious juices – El Cocodrilo
Local cuisine and affordable – Chile Picante
Delicious cafes and Snacks – El Encanto