We have been to Mexico several times, and this time we visited the large city of Merida. We had wanted to do a day trip to Homun so that we could visit a bunch of cenotes (swimming holes).

We hired a guide to get to the cenote Cenote Chel-Paak. We did a tour through Cenotes Homun Juan May, and communicated through WhatsApp.

The way the tour meets is that you meet in Homun, and the guides take you to a variety of cenotes using a motorized car.

I cannot find a location on Google Maps for this exact cenote, but there is a Facebook page with information.

We took some back roads to get there. (That is a bird nest hanging from the tree).

It was fun riding a motorized cart to get to the cenote!

There is a check-in area. I believe there were also snacks and drinks for sale.

Chel-Paak also means “Rainbow Wall”.

There is a steep staircase to get into the cenote.

There is not much natural light entering the cave, and there is a mirror set up on a stand to shine a ray of sun onto the water. (I also happened to catch a Turquoise-browed motmot “toh” bird in flight! Any time you go to a cenote, you can hear their distinctive call.)

The guides adjusted the mirror to reflect light directly into the water.

At the bottom of the stairs is a small platform that connects to other small platforms to jump or dive from.

The platforms are on the small side, and only a couple people can stand on each one. Since I wasn’t swimming, I took some photos and then headed back up to watch from the top. My kids used the platforms for jumping, and I didn’t want to get in the way or end up falling off! The platforms are probably the size of a coffee table, and without any railings.

This is a small cenote and the platforms are small, so it was good that there were not many visitors. According to the sign, they limit visitors to 30-45 minutes. With three people swimming and getting in and out of the water to jump in, it was just enough space.

There are changing rooms here, which are convenient if you need to change.

There was this taxidermied anteater on the way out! I had no idea there were anteaters in the Yucatan, but apparently there are.

We had a fun time at Cenote Chel-Paak. It was definitely unique and not crowded.

What to bring: towel, change of clothes, money, googles if desired, water shoes if desired.

Skip the sunscreen or bug spray, which is not allowed in cenotes.

Check out our other Mexico blog posts here.


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