We were staying in Akumal, Mexico and decided to do a day trip to a couple cenotes. Cenote Wayak is in the Tulum area, and we decided to check it out.
It was easy to get there using Google Maps, and we drove our rental car that we had rented from Avant Car rental.
The signage by the road was a little confusing as it references “Rancho Santa Cruz”.
However, there were some arrows pointing down the road to Cenote Wayak.
There is a winding dirt road to get to the parking lot and cenote.
There is plenty of parking here.
We headed to the check-in area. It looked like they required life jackets, but we asked if it was required, and they said it was not necessary.
Sunscreen is also not allowed, and you are to shower before entering the cenote. We always use reef-safe sunscreen when it is allowed, and bring rash guards so that we can be as eco-friendly as possible.
This cenote almost looks like a little waterpark. There were a lot of people here and it looked a bit commercial.
The cenote goes in a loop, and it is all open. It looks like most of it was dug out, and I was disappointed that this is more of a man-made cenote.
The water is beautiful and clear, and there are lots of spots to jump in.
However, despite the warm weather, the water was fairly cold.
It looked like there was a swing being built in the water, but it was still under construction.
With so many people there, people were congregating on the stairs and scaring off the fish and turtles as we were trying to quietly observe the wildlife.
There were lots of places to sit and find shade under palapas. It was nice to have a table and chairs to set up at, since a lot of cenotes do not have anywhere to relax.
The park was not crowded, but I did read online that there are tour buses that come here, so it is possible you could come at a time that is very busy.
There are plenty of facilities here, including bathrooms and a restaurant (although the restaurant looked closed).
What to bring:
~ snacks and drinks (the sign says no food, but it didn’t seem like they were concerned)
~ rash guard instead of sunscreen
~ you may want to wear water shoes
~ goggles or snorkel if desired
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