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All about Cenote Zazil Tunich in Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

Main Category: Day Trips


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Author: Tobias

Cenote Zazil Tunich is a large cenote that is completely underground and a breathtakingly beautiful experience. Cenote Zazil Tunich is about 190km away from Mérida. The journey by car takes about 2h 20min 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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Zazil Tunich - Cenote Museo, X'Tut, Yucatán, Mexiko







190km from Mérida

Travel Time:

2h 20min from Mérida


Mex$ 350

Price Level:




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average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 742 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

• Monday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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Cenote Zazil Tunich

There is a huge variety of cenotes on the Yucatán Peninsula. In some places an old wooden staircase is the maximum comfort and the entrance fee is only a few pesos.

The cenote Zazil Tunich is privately owned, it was opened in 2017, is fully developed and organised - including accommodation, restaurant, a Mayan ceremony on request, etc.

The features are of course also reflected in the prices. If you accept this or are looking for it, the Cenote Zazil Tunich is one of the best options and a breathtakingly beautiful experience.

It is a large cenote that is completely underground. The cenote is 200 metres in diameter and is covered in striking stalactites and stalagmites. The biggest stalactite in Yucatán can also be found here.

The stalactite formations are a good part of the special charm of Zazil Tunich. Not all the ground is covered with water, and it is not very deep, but it is quite enough to swim in. Changing and shower facilities as well as lockers are available.

The world of cenotes

Some interesting figures about cenotes:

Interesting figures about cenotes
Interesting figures about cenotes

Guided tours to Cenote Zazil Tunich

To visit the cenote, you have to book the personalised guided tour "Mayan Underworld", which is offered in the afternoon at different fixed times. The guides speak Spanish and English. There are other VIP offers with very high prices, for example an "Exclusive Romantic Dinner" for 10,400 pesos.

The very best cenotes tour

If you are interested in getting to know the two best places with six cenotes and a 17th century hacienda in a private tour (Cenotes Santa Barbara and Hacienda Mucuyché), you should take a look at this Viator Tour. It's not really cheap, but a memory for life.

A few tips

Due to the proximity of Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Ek' Balam, you can combine a visit to Cenote Zazil Tunich with one of these destinations.

From Valladolid or Ek' Balam it is a 30-40 minute drive to Cenote Zazil Tunich. The cenote is a bit off the beaten track, just behind the Mayan town of Yalcoba.

How to get to Cenote Zazil Tunich from Mérida?

Because of the distance from Mérida, you will combine a visit with Valladolid or Ek' Balam, for example. You can then reach the cenote by car/taxi. You can also book a pick-up service from Valladolid at Cenote Zazil Tunich.


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Best Cenotes Tours

If you would like to explore the Yucatan Peninsula and Mérida with a guided tour, there are wonderful experiences from Viator. We have selected the three best tours for you.

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Private Tour Cenotes of Mucuyche & Santa Barbara in one day

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Tour to Cenotes of Santa Barbara and Acanceh area from Merida

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Cozuma is the place to be for cenotes. Free cancellation. From US-$140

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