Cenotes are some of the most enchanting attractions in Mexico. A unique type of geological formation found on the Yucatán Peninsula, particularly the Riviera Maya, cenotes are natural sinkholes that were formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock, creating a fresh groundwater pool at the bottom. Many of them have also formed stunning underground cave systems that can be explored by swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving.
If you’re in the mood to go chasing cenotes on your next trip to Mexico, Tulum is a good place to start. Not only is Tulum one of the most popular resorts on the Yucatán Peninsula — famous for its white-sand beaches, warm Caribbean waters, proximity to Mayan ruins, and bohemian atmosphere — but it also provides easy access to some of the area’s most incredible cenotes, including Cenote Minotauro and Cenote Xux-Hah. But if you only have time to visit one or two, consider dedicating your time to the two Tulum cenotes described below.