We have been to Mexico several times now, and we enjoy visiting different cenotes. These are natural sinkholes formed from underground caves that have collapsed, revealing crystal clear water. We had heard of Cenote Zacil-Ha before, as it is a popular cenote in the Tulum area. Since we were staying in nearby Akumal, we decided to check it out.

This cenote is easy to get to, located just off the main highway. This is not far from the downtown area of Tulum, only about 10 minutes. We drove from Akumal and it was also easy to get to.

We drove using the rental car we rented in Cancun Avant Car Rental, and found it with no problem using Google Maps.

There are plenty of signs along the highway, as well as along the road in.

There is plenty of parking here, with enough space for tour buses as well.

We paid at the ticket booth before entering. It was 200 MXN to get in, or about $10 USD per person.

There were some snacks set up for the wildlife, and we saw this cute squirrel enjoying a tortilla on our way in!

There was a fun photo opp spot near the entrance.

It is a very short walk to the cenote.

The cenote here is sort of like a swimming pool, as far as size. The cenote was busy, and it seemed to be mostly local visitors and not tourists.

There is a staircase here, or you can jump in.  However, being so busy, the staircase was packed with people, making it difficult to get in or out. (see the photo above)

There was also a zip line here, but we weren’t sure if it was available, and also didn’t want to pay for it.

There is an actual swimming pool here as well, which was very large and clean.

My daughter enjoyed it because it had a fun slide.

There is a smaller children’s pool as well.

Cenote Zacil-Ha also has a restaurant area, and we ordered some beverages.

There are some shops here too, and you can get souvenirs as well as things you might need (such as swimwear).

Overall, we had a relaxing time here when we visited. My main takeaway is that I wish the cenote was a little bit bigger.

The cenote was a bit small, and crowded when we went. I would probably time it a little better so it wasn’t so busy. Zacil-Ha is definitely very well maintained, as things were clean and there were lots of amenities. It is nice to go to one place that has it all – cenote, swimming pool, rest rooms, food, drinks, and shopping.

What to bring:

~ swimwear, towels
~ sunglasses
~ money for food or souvenirs
~ sunscreen not allowed for the cenote

Check out the Zacil Ha Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CenoteZacilHa/

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About the Author: Marysa

Busy blogger and mom of two girls! We love traveling and the great outdoors, and are always looking for our next adventure!