This hidden gem north of Tulum will surprise you

On the shores of the Caribbean Sea, in southeastern Mexico, is Tulum National Park, which means “wall” in Mayan and is the same name that received a settlement of Mayan culture that is located in the current city of Quintana Roo

At present, this place is considered an extraordinary tourist attraction that is part of the Riviera Maya. 

Snail cenote


In addition to the vestiges of the Mayan civilization, another of the natural attractions of this area are the cenotes, which are Natural freshwater ponds that form from rivers.

A hidden gem north of Tulum is the Cenote Caracol, this is not included in most tours that have visits to other cenotes because of its location.

To reach it it is necessary to enter about 8 km between a path surrounded by jungle vegetation, to enter the cenote you must go down some wooden stairs and it is completely dark, although there are places where some natural light is filtered. 

Snail cenote

The place is known by that name for the snail fossils that can be seen on its walls, to see them you need a flashlight, as it is very dark when going down it is possible to find bats.

It has crystalline and cold waters excellent for diving, it is also possible to see some small fish.

Inside the cenote you can see tree roots and stalactites, there are very narrow places that you have to be careful so it is advisable to wear a life jacket and have your own attire for the activity.  

This tour can be done with an authorized guide and Its duration is between two to four hours to swim and walk through the extraordinary caves.

This walk is an excellent opportunity to spend a wonderful day surrounded by nature and do some exercise in enigmatic and mysterious places of Mayan culture.

How to get

Another great advantage is that the snail cenote is only 34 minutes away from your stay, so you should not miss the opportunity to visit it.