Cenote Chaak Tun
Hidden behind the beautiful jungle, you will undoubtedly find Cenote Chaak Tun to be a natural gem.
Chaak is the Mayan god of rain, one of the most worshiped Maya gods. The ancient Maya revered this beautiful place so much so they claimed it as their own and named it Chaak Tun. Cenote and cave system is not advertised anywhere near as much as some of the other better known ones like Xel Ha and Xplore all though they do sell their tours to the cruise ship groups so if you want to have the place to yourself get there early(before 10) or late in the afternoon, the cruise ship tours have usually left by 2pm.
Chaak Tun Cenote has some pretty impressive stalactites compared to other cenotes in the region including Dos Ojos near Tulum and Dzitup near Valladolid. It is made up of 2 caves. The main one only having one natural light source – a hole in the ceiling similar to Dzitnup or Samulak near Valladolid only Chaak Tun’s main cave is much bigger with hidden dark corners, nooks and crannies, and mini-chambers.
Chaak Tun cenote is conservatively illuminated with artificial white light – giving the whole cave a mystical kind feel.
You are free to explore this cenote without restrictions except for stepping on and touching the formations.
The second cave is equally impressive, It’s larger than it looks and actually connects to the ranch on the opposite side of the road. You will need a strong headlight or torch to explore this connecting section since this cave has even less light than the main cave.
Tip: Bring waterproof lights (all though you can rent them from reception).
So, if you like to get off the beaten track this is one cenote we can recommend. To get there Drive west on Juarez through the ejido of Playa del Carmen onto the dirt road; a couple of kilometers and one security stop and you’re there! The tour is recommended, but not obligatory – you can spend as much time as you want enjoying the cavern and the snorkeling.
Chaak Tun is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 in the morning till 4:30 in the afternoon.
Entry fee 100 pesos – 50 pesos for Mexicans. (includes life jacket and a hard hat)