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Old 01-10-2010   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for feedback on recent experiences. Would like to visit a cenote that has easy access from playa, has good snorkeleing/swimming with the cave experience and not overly crowded. Have not visisted one since the early '90's and with all the road changes to the south I don't know that I could even locate the one I visited again. Thanks.
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Thought I might try to bring this to the top for another try a response or two. Thanks.
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Are you interesting in doing a tour or going to an eco-park, or just going to take a cab or colectivo to a cenote on your own?

If you would like to do a tour, one like this one combines a trip to Coba to see some Mayan ruins with a stop at a cenote- same as the Chichen Itza tour (look under the 'trip planning' tab at the top of the page).

Or, you can head to one of the parks like Xcaret or Xel Ha or Aktun Chen to see cenotes and/or cave systems too.

OR you can just take a bus, cab or colectivo to one of the ones near to Playa...like Cenote Azul (very nice, small, no cave) or El Eden (also nice, larger, no cave) or maybe head down to Dos Ojos to see ones in a cave and do snorkeling there.
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Not looking for Eco-park really more of the jungle cave thing. Do you know more about Dos Ojos for snorkeling rather than diving?
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Here is a recent discussion that you might find helpful:

http://www.playa.info/playa-del-carm...note-trip.html
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Not looking for Eco-park really more of the jungle cave thing. Do you know more about Dos Ojos for snorkeling rather than diving?

We did two cenotes dives there in August, and we saw quite a few people snorkeling there....it was funny, we could see them about 20 feet above us as we went by.

It was very good...better than Azul or El Eden IMO, because you can see caves too.


Aktun Chen is also good, for the same reason.

Aktunchen Natural Park
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Thanks for your help.
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Went to the Atun Chen website. Quite cool. i ahve drivien by the turn off so many times and always said we should stop. Its on the list
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Went to the Atun Chen website. Quite cool. i ahve drivien by the turn off so many times and always said we should stop. Its on the list

It's pretty good....there is a dry cave tour and a snorkel tour, you can do either, or both, I guess (we just did the dry cave tour).


There is also a small 'zoo' with mostly snakes but also there are those tiny Mexican deer and some monkeys (and a tame monkey at the entrace, she is very friendly).

But here is a tip- it is a LONG walk into the park from the highway, we took a colectivo and had to walk about 3 miles I bet it was, not that bad but it was HOT and the road of course is in direct sunlight ...we did get to see a group of wild coatimundis though, that was cool.

They do give rides back OUT to the highway though. Or did.
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