After a visit to the ruins, a stop to the Coba cenotes is what you need. And if there are three cenotes close to each other, even better. In this post I will tell you how to find them and enjoy them to the fullest.
If you don’t know what is a cenote, please check my guide to the cenotes of the Yucatan peninsula for more detailed information.
Right after your historical tour in Coba here it comes the well deserved refreshing moment.
At a few minutes’ drive you can find 3 spectacular cenotes that you can visit.
Here below I will tell you all the necessary information.
Read also: Coba complete guide
Coba cenotes map
How to get to Cobà cenotes
Getting to Cobà cenotes by car
I always suggest to rent a car and drive around because you have the freedom to visit in your own terms, without having the pressure of the tight schedules that groups normally have. I love to drive around a place and find new corners to discover, for as long as I want.
If you are new with driving in Mexico, I have written a useful post with tips and interesting information that might be useful as there are a couple of things you need to know and need to be careful about.
On your way out of the Coba ruins, you should keep driving around the lagoon in the same direction you came from until you will see the signs to the Cenotes (see picture below).
It is a lovely road through the little village and into the jungle again, and you will be escorted by hundreds of yellow and white butterflies which sometimes smash into the car window.
Such a pity… After a few miles, you will see the sign for the first two Cenotes: Tankach-Ha and Choo-Ha.
Here is where you pay the fee and receive a ticket that you will need to show further on. Very organised!
Follow the indications until you get to the cenote Tankach -Ha the farthest of the three.
There, you can secure your stuff in the car and bring just a few belongings down the cenote, where you have some space to leave them.
Remember to shower before entering and to show the guardian the ticket.
You can leave your shoes or flip-flops at the top and descend with just your bathing suit and a camera if you wish, barefoot. Watch out for the slippery stairs, go slow.
Getting to Coba cenotes by local bus from Tulum
First of all you need to get to Coba’ from Tulum.
How to get from Coba to Tulum
First things first, in order to get to the Coba cenote, you need to get from Tulum to Cobà town.
Take a second-class bus Mayab which leaves at 7:20 AM. from ADO bus terminal. (The ticket costs MXN 50)
There are later busses as well but I suggest you should get to Coba early, both because this way you manage to visit both the Coba ruins and the Coba cenotes but also because it’s extremely hot later in the morning and the archeological site would be overcrowded with groups. The ride to Coba village takes about an hour.
Return bus to Tulum leaves Coba at 3 PM (first-class bus ADO), and Mayab leaves at 5 PM.
Very Important to know that you can check the ADO schedule online but the Mayab schedule is not published so you need to ask to the ticket office at the bus station. Please always double-check the time I gave you because they might change.
How to get from Coba to Coba Cenotes
Unless you travel around Mexico by rental car, the only way how to get to Tamcach-Ha, Choo-Ha, and Multum-Ha cenote is either by bike or by taxi as there is no public transportation.
You can find are a couple of rental shops by the entrance to Coba Ruins, no reservation is required. (Follow the map and explanation above on how to get there by car.
The road is safe, flat and there is no traffic at all.
Otherwise, you will find taxis by the Coba’ ruins and you can ask the cost and how long they can wait for you.
Make sure you agree with rates and time before boarding.
I would choose the bike though.
INSIDER TIP: How to have the cenotes all for you
As you might have noticed I don’t like it when there are too many people around. So I have my strategy to visit a cenote alone or with few people.
First of all, you cannot be in a hurry. Whether you are driving or using public transport, I would spend one night in Coba’.
This way you can get to the cenotes early morning or late in the evening before the close, and you don’t have to share that little space with many people. Easy
Down below you can find my suggested hotels in Coba and here below some options on where to stay in Tulum in case you wish to continue your itinerary there (highly suggested)
COBA CENOTES EXPLAINED ONE BY ONE
The first Cenote is Tankach-Ha, 20m deep.
There is a platform with 5m and 8m jumps, from which you can test your courage and hurl yourself.
There is no danger since there are no rocks behind you, and once you try you turn into a child and continue jumping.
Isn’t that what the vacation is for!?
Let me know how high you jumped and how that feels because I didn’t take the leap (Shame on me).
Choo-Ha, the second one, closer to the entrance, has a different shape and a maximum depth of only 10m; you cannot jump from here as the ceiling is quite low, but it has a beautiful configuration with a stalagmite and stalactite sticking out in the middle of the water.
Cenote Multum – ha
The third one is Multun – ha, a bit further up the main road.
Just follow the signs, and don’t feel lost if it seems like you never get there.
It is a white gravel road in the jungle that leads you right to the entrance.
Among the Coba’ cenotes, this one is the deepest, at 32m/90 ft., though there is no high platform to jump off, since the ceiling is quite low here, too. The entrance looks like a well, and it feels a bit scary to think you are so deep down into the earth.
There are quite a lot of stairs but once you get down there it is a magical place, the cave is huge and there is a wide platform where you can leave your dry stuff while you swim in tranquillity and soak up the magic of the place.
Swimming in those waters surrounded by rocks listening to silence is really soothing for the mind and the soul, especially if nobody else is there.
Coba Cenotes Opening Hours
The three cenotes of Coba’ open from 8 to 6, every day
Coba’ cenotes entry fees
110 MXN (6USD approx) per person for both cenotes (Multun-ha has a separate entrance and its fee is 65mxn per person, 4 USD approx)
What to bring when you visit a cenote
- swimsuit and a beach towel
- a mosquito repellent(ecological)
- sunscreen that you should wear only after swimming in the cenote
- if you want to bring your mask in some cenotes it will turn out useful.
- dress light but I would recommend comfortable closed shoes to protect you from insects. They are not dangerous but certainly annoying.
Practical tips and rules on how to visit a cenotes
- shower before entering in the cave in order to get rid of any lotion or chemicals that you may or may not wear, this is in order to preserve the environment.
- keep the ticket you are given at the entrance because you need to show it to the custodian.
- don’t wear any sunscreen or repellent before bathing in the cenotes
- don’t leave anything that doesn’t belong to the place
- don’t hang on to stalactites or stalagmites or trees roots
- don’t do anything that can damage the environment
Where to stay in Cobà
Top Luxury hotel in Cobà
Coqui Coqui > 400$
An exquisite high-end property for the sophisticated traveler who is looking for elegance and tranquility. Located at the very end of the main road of Cobà right on the lagoon.
Mid-range price hotel in Cobà
Aldea Coba > 140 $
If you love luxury and beauty but you are not particularly interested in breaking the bank. This is the hotel for you. A relatively new property (2017) boasts spacious and nicely decorated rooms in a spectacular jungle-garden. Hard to beat for that price. According to previous guests, service is also impeccable. Located on the main road on your way to Coba’.
Budget hotel option in Cobà
Hotel Sac Be’ Cobà > 30$
If you are not interested in luxury but still love nice and cozy, Sac be’ Coba is a cute little property located on the main road on your way to Coba’.
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