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All about Cenote San Ignacio in Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

Main Category: Day Trips

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Author: Tobias

Cenote San Ignacio is in Chocholoá. You'll find a garden, hammocks, pool, water landscape and also a restaurant. Cenote San Ignacio is about 40km away from Mérida. The journey by car takes about 44min from the city center of Mérida and the place is most of the time bustling. The admission fee for foreign adults is about 350MXN. Different prices may apply for residents or children.

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Address:

Cenote San Ignacio, Calle 23, Centro, Chocholá, Yucatán, Mexiko

Website:

Category:

Trip

Phone:

+52 999 278 6294

Distance:

40km from Mérida

Travel Time:

44min from Mérida

Admission:

Mex$ 350

Price Level:

High

Since:

March 2020

Google Rating:

average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 6861 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

• Monday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
• Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
• Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
• Thursday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
• Friday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
• Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
• Sunday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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Cenote San Ignacio

Cenote San Ignacio or Tuunich Ha cenote (in Mayan it means "water in the stone") is located on private grounds in the town of Chocholoá.


It is one of the closest cenotes from Mérida. As with some other places, a small hotel and restaurant has also been built around the cenote.


There is a garden with sunbeds and hammocks, a pool, a smallo water landscape and a restaurant serving typical Yucantan food. There is also free WIFI available, lockers, changing rooms and toilets. Furthermore a playground for younger children.


The small and shallow cenote is completely underground. A hole lets in sunlight on one side and the cenote is also lit.


Small fish swim in the clear water, stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites located under the water. You can swim in the cenote, but you can also snorkel if you have an equipment.


Is it worth it?


350 pesos entrance fee is in my opinion actually too much for what is offered. The feedback from our children was mixed and somewhat restrained.


There should only be clear recommendations here, but the entry remains and if you are anyway in the area and the cost does not scare you, it's ok.


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How do you get to Cenote San Ignacio from Mérida?


By car, drive southwest on highway 180 for about 20 minutes and then take the exit to Chocholá. The Cenote San Ignacio is located directly in Chocholá, a small village next to the highway.

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