On our most recent trip to Mexico, we stayed in Valladolid and did a variety of different day trips. We rented a car in Cancun, which allowed us to be able to explore a lot of different cenotes. Let me just say that this is one of the nicest cenotes we have visited! If you aren’t familiar with cenotes, water-filled sinkholes that make for wonderful swimming!
This is a newer cenote that was opened to the public in 2019, and so the facilities are relatively new. We were impressed with both the cenote and the facilities.
This cenote is only 20-30 minutes from Valladolid. It is an easy drive and easy to find using Google Maps.
There is a large gate at the entrance, which makes it easy to spot.
Once we went through the main gate, it was not far to the cenote.
There was a nice, big parking lot. We went in the afternoon, and it was not crowded at all.
There is a short path to the main building. For $10 USD, you get access to Cenote Chukum-Ha, parking, life jackets (optional), and lockers. There is another option that includes a buffet.
The bathrooms here are very nice. If you have traveled around Mexico, you are probably familiar with the possibility of bathrooms that are in rough shape. These were quite nice!
The bathrooms had good ventilation (great during Covid) and even extra hand sanitizer and feminine products.
There are lockers here for storing things if needed.
Before entering the cenote, everyone had to take a shower, which is standard practice to clean you off. We are also careful about using reef-safe sunscreens when we travel, to minimize any effects on natural areas.
There is a staircase down to the cenote.
Once you get down to the cenote, there are nice platforms to walk on and put your things. Often, we find there is not much space to set your things or to walk around the cenote.
When we went, water levels were a little higher than normal, and some of the platforms were slightly submerged. I went barefoot on these sections as my husband and kids were swimming, but I was not.
There are several areas to jump in or to wade in to the cenote.
We went on a weekday afternoon, and the only other people there were a handful of divers. This cenote measures 65 feet deep.
Otherwise we had the place to our own!
It is nice to go on a hot, sunny day, as the sun shines down into the cenote as a beam of light.
One of the fantastic things about this cenote is that there is a zipline and a jumping platform. We have been to many cenotes, and swimming is nice, but it can become boring or tiring (at least for the kids). Having a zipline, platform, or rope swing makes a big difference! Not only that, but the zipline automatically returns to the top of the platform! There is no need to retrieve it.
You can even go on both ziplines at the same time, which the kids loved.
In addition to swimming, it was neat to see a variety of cave formations.
Overall, we had a wonderful time at Cenote Chukum. Because of the jumping platforms and zipline, we spent more time here than some of the other cenotes we have been to.
There is a gift shop on the way out. We also enjoyed being able to change in the clean bathrooms as well.
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Very pretty there. I love the cave!
Love the cave too. Seems like a great place to adventure.
Wow! That place is so beautiful. It feels so refreshing to be there. The look of the cave is amazing!
I would love exploring and swimming in that cave! That looks so neat.
What a fun and beautiful experience! This cenote does seem extra nice, I love how big and clean everything looks. I would definitely love to be able to visit a cenote someday.
That blue water on the caves is unreal. I would love to visit someday!:)
This is a cool place to swim. I like that they have clean bathrooms.
I love this place. You’re so lucky, you almost got the place tovyour own. Such a cool place to swim
It looks so pretty there. I’d do the option with the buffet as my kids would probably be hungry after a visit.
I had never heard of cenotes before now. Sounds like you had a fantastic trip!
Oh my goodness this looks absolutely incredible what a place to get to and explore. I would love to spend some time just relaxing in that water.
Such a great place to go on a trip. Perfect for a family vacation. I really love this place.
Oh my! This place is so beautiful ♥ I will definitely add this to my bucket lists.
wow! This is such an amazing place! I am so glad to discover it from your post!
That Cenote looks amazing! I’ve never seen one before and I bet it would be fascinating to see one in person.
The place is so beautiful. I love how blue the water in the cenote looked. I wish we had these kinds of attractions at home.
This looks really cool! Too bad I moved to other side of the Atlantic. I miss going to Mexico 🙁
The place is really beautiful! the blue water is just so amazing to look at!
wow looks like an amazing place to visit! I have never been here before, will have to go here one day
I have been to Mexico but in Cancun only. I didn’t know about this place until I get to read this post. Glad I was able to stumble upon this. I am so looking forward to be able to see this place too!
This is a wonderful looking place to stay! If I ver get there for a trip I will have to check this location out as its beautiful. Right now we are focusing all of jury trips for National Park trips in the USA……starting with Yellowstone as I have never been 😉
We’ve never been to one but we love new facilities. That means clean! Great review and we will have to look for this when we go to Cancun!
Beautiful looking cenote there. When I read it’s compulsory to take a shower, I thought it was something to do with it being spiritual lol. Love how they like and keep the place hygienic.
I was not familiar with cenotes and the one you were at looks amazing. I’d love to take my kids to one. The ziplines would be a hit with my two boys!
Wow what an incredible place to visit and have a swim. This must have been such an amazing experience for you.
Mexico really hides a deep beauty to be explored and with your itinerary you make me want to leave and do it right away!
The water looks so clean and its so clear. I would love to visit this place someday, or when borders start to open again
Your posts make me want to go back to Mexico asap. It’s truly such a beautiful place to visit.
Nnnniiiccceeeee….I love seeing such a depiction of Mexico, away from all the stereotypical bloodshed it’s shown to be in. If it wasn’t for the lockdown here, it would be a great place to visit!
Facility looks incredible. It is also extremely unique spot. I would love to see it in person.
I’m so impressed with this amazing nature and cave, can’t deliver my thoughts. Even the sink looks amazing 🙂
Sounds like a great trip. Love how beautiful the sinks were in your photo.
Looks like you had an amazing trip to Mexico! I can’t wait until I can get back there!
I’m sure the zipline does make a big difference for the kids. This sure is a pretty place to be.
Oh my goodness! I’ve always wanted to visit a place like this. It’s so amazing what’s underground – it’s gorgeous!!
WOW how amazing is this place! A very fun trip and there is so much opportunity to enjoy and take some fab photos too x
I am completely sold out for cenote’s magnificent beauty! That natural pool in a cave is breathtaking, everyone shouldn’t miss the opportunity to swim!
This is a perfect trip for my family. They will surely enjoy it here. They love caves and so am I.
Wow. This place is amazing 😍 thanks for sharing
What a beautiful place! We love visiting Cancun.