Cenote Calavera, in my opinion, is one of the best and most underrated cenotes in Tulum. Although it’s not as large as some of the other popular cenotes, Calavera Cenote is equally as impressive and one for the thrill-seekers!
I have put together this complete travel guide of Cenote Calavera including where it is, how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect!
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WHERE IS CENOTE CALAVERA TULUM
Cenote Calavera is located along the main highway in the same direction as the Gran Cenote and Coba.
It’s a short 10-minute drive, a 25-minute bike ride or a 1-hour walk from the center of town to reach Cenote Calavera Tulum. You’ll see a big white sign on the right-hand side of the road that reads CENOTE – you can’t miss it!
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HOW TO GET TO CALAVERA CENOTE
If you are staying in the main town, you must know that it is approximately a 1-hour walk to Cenote Calavera, so if you’re quite fit, go for it, otherwise, I would highly recommend renting a bicycle or taking a taxi from the main town to Cenote Calavera.
Bicycle rental is generally around 150 MXN per day and you can find a set of wheels at your hostel or from one of the many bike rental stores in the main town. If you’re staying along Tulum Beach, there are also a few bicycle rental stores along the main street.
A taxi ride from the main town to Cenote Calavera should be no more than 100 MXN, so if there are a few of you it works out better to split the cost. Some cab drivers will try to charge you 150 – 200 MXN but you shouldn’t pay more than 100 MXN for this short 10-minute drive.
If you have your own rental car then great, you can simply drive to Cenote Calavera and park in the gravel parking lot out the front. Yucatan Peninsula is said to be the safest place to drive in Mexico when it comes to getting behind the wheel yourself, so it’s definitely an option to consider.
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Exploring Tulum by bike!
CENOTE CALAVERA ENTRANCE FEE & OPENING HOURS
Cenote Calavera is open from 9:00 am to 5: 00 pm – 7 days a week.
The general entrance fee at Calavera Cenote is 100 MXN.
Scuba diving at Cenote Calavera is also an option. If this is something you’d be interested in, it’s best to inquire at one of the dive shops in the main town. I believe the cost of a Calavera Cenote dive is around 200 MXN.
ARRIVING AT CENOTE CALAVERA
Whether you arrive by car, bike or on foot, you’ll first have to pay the 100 MXN entrance fee at the small ticket office out the front before passing through the white gates.
Calavera Cenote is, in fact, situated in someone’s backyard… how cool would it be to have your very own cenote out the back of your house? I definitely wouldn’t be opposed, that’s for sure!
It’s an easy 2-minute walk along a rocky path from the front entrance gates till you reach Calavera Cenote.
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Ticket office at Calavera Cenote
The rocky path to Calavera Cenote
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CENOTE CALAVERA
‘Calavera’ is this Spanish word for ‘skull’ but rest assured you won’t find any human remains in this cenote. Its name comes from the shape of the cenote with one large hole that looks like a mouth and two smaller holes that look like eyes.
Cenote Calavera features an almost perfectly round sinkhole filled with freshwater, a wooden ladder, cliff jumps and a chair rope swing, these are just some of the things that make Cenote Calavera so epic and photogenic at the same time.
If you arrive early enough you will get to enjoy Cenote Calavera all to yourself. It’s a great spot for cliff jumping from the edges of the cenote or pin-dropping into the natural pool through one of the cracks in the top of the rock.
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Jumping through the crack at Calavera Cenote
Just hanging out in Cenote Calavera
There are a few wooden benches and tables around the area where you can set your belongings down before going for a swim or even braving a jump off the edge of the sinkhole.
Once you’re in the water, the cenote opens up considerably and you can swim around freely beneath the surface of the open-air hole in the rock above.
You could easily spend a couple of hours hanging out at Cenote Calavera as it’s one of the more adventurous things to do in Tulum! If you do plan to spend some time here, make sure to pack some drinks and snacks to take with you as there is no shop on-site.
Beneath the surface at Cenote Calavera
Scuba diver at Cenote Calavera
WHERE TO STAY IN TULUM
You are spoiled for options when searching for where to stay in Tulum with cheap hostels, luxury hotels and beachside resorts! Tulum has it all to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
The majority of the accommodation in Tulum can be found in 3 main tourist areas: The Main Town, Tulum South Beach and Tulum North Beach.
I have put together a complete guide of Where To Stay In Tulum which you should definitely have a read of. Otherwise, if you’re in a hurry, I have listed a few Tulum accommodations below that I can personally recommend:
Luxury: The Beach Tulum
Receive the celebrity treatment at The Beach Tulum with this adult-only, beachfront resort in South Tulum. With an outdoor pool, a beach club, an onsite restaurant and even a spa. This really is the height of luxury and one of the best things to do in Tulum in itself. Each luxurious, beach-front room has stylish, minimalist décor, air-conditioning, free wifi and a seating area. These deluxe rooms come with large comfortable beds, private entrances, ensuite bathrooms and right on the shoreline in the South Beach area, surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants. This Tulum resort is highly popular with couples. With the smaller, more intimate rooms this makes for the perfect couples getaway.
Mid Range: Playa Esperanza Hotel
This is eco-sensitive hotel and resort boasts unique cabins made from natural materials and is located right on the shoreline on Tulum’s North Beach. With 15 different styles of rooms to choose from, natural interiors, large comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Enjoy the free wifi, beach bar and ocean views. This is great for a group of friends traveling together or couples. Choose between a room with 2 single beds or one with a double bed. Book directly through the hotel and get every 3rd night free!
Budget: Che Tulum Hostel & Bar
One of the most top-rated hostels in Tulum! With an outdoor pool, a lively bar and a large green area to hang out. Free wifi available throughout and even lockers to keep your belongings safe. Each bedroom has been modeled to offer natural lighting and features private bathrooms, air-con, new beds and mattresses. With a huge range of rooms on offer, pick from one of the many dorm rooms or private rooms. This budget hostel in Tulum is great for travelers used to that hostel life.
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