How to Visit Cenote Dos Ojos: The “Two-Eyed” Wonder of Tulum

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How to Visit Cenote Dos Ojos: The “Two-Eyed” Wonder of Tulum

Cenote Dos Ojos, or the “Two-Eyed” Cenote, is one of the most amazing natural attractions in Tulum, Mexico.

It is a huge underground cave system that has two circular openings that resemble eyes, hence the name.

Cenote Dos Ojos is a paradise for swimmers, snorkelers, and divers who want to explore the crystal-clear water, the stunning rock formations, and the diverse marine life.

In this blog post, I will tell you everything you need to know about visiting Cenote Dos Ojos, including how to get there, what to bring, what to expect, and what to do.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing or adventurous experience, Cenote Dos Ojos will not disappoint you. Let’s Begin!

Where is Cenote Dos Ojos, Tulum?

The “Two Eyes” Cenote is on the road between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, in the Dos Ojos Park which also houses Cenote Jaguar, Cenote Nicte Ha, Cenote El Pit, and Cenote Los Monos.

Cenote Nicte-Ha is particularly nice because it’s not very touristy and it is quite wild. But they are all different, it depends on what you like!

Dos Ojos Park is also very close to Xel-Ha Park (less than ten minutes away) and the beautiful white sandy beaches of Xcacel and Chemuyil (15 minutes on Highway 307).

Getting to the Cenote Park

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Public transportation is known as “colectivos”

If you’re getting a taxi or planning on renting a car, the drive takes around 20 minutes from Tulum and 35 minutes from Playa del Carmen on Federal Highway 307. Parking is free.

If you don’t want to drive or simply prefer a more affordable option, many public vans run between the Tulum-Playa del Carmen corridor, they are called “Colectivos.”

Don’t forget to ask the driver to stop at Dos Ojos Park.

Also, if you do go by colectivo, keep in mind that the cenote is a little over 2 km from the entrance on a dirt road. Colectivos don’t go inside!

You can walk from there (about 30 minutes), but I recommend renting one of the bicycles that are available.

Diving in Cenote dos Ojos

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This cenote is called “Dos Ojos” (two eyes) because it comprises two cenotes connected by a 420m underwater passage.

It is part of Sac Actun, the largest flooded cave in the world (almost 370 km!).

With its translucent water and many nooks and crannies to explore, it is the ideal place for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts in the Yucatan peninsula.

In the semi-open part of the cenote, the light and colors are really beautiful.

There are 2 diving routes in Cenote Dos Ojos: Barbie and Cueva del Murcielago (bat cave).

  1. Barbie has many fossils, stalactites, and stalagmites with beautiful lights. It has a maximum depth of 6 m and no current (no need to have an advanced level)
  2. Bat cave is a shorter but darker route, almost without natural light, with narrow passages, fossils, and stalactites. There is sediment, so it’s important to have good buoyancy control


No matter which route you take, it’s crucial to follow the lines to get to the exit because it is easy to get lost.

How much is the entrance fee to Cenote Dos Ojos?

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The entrance fee is 350 pesos, including a life jacket, or 800 pesos if you take the snorkeling tour (which gives access to the bat cave).

Are kids allowed to the Cenote?

Yes! This is the perfect cenote for families with children because it has all the facilities: changing rooms, lockers (for rent), showers, and bathrooms.

There is also a restaurant and picnic area if you prefer to bring your own food.

Is it worth going to Cenote Dos Ojos?

Although this is one of the most visited cenotes in the Riviera Maya, I still think is a must-visit in Tulum because it’s really impressive, especially if you love diving!

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And as I mentioned earlier, the fact that there are other cool cenotes in the area makes it a must-visit spot on your list.

When is the best time to visit Cenote Dos Ojos?

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Again, since this is one of the most famous cenotes in the area, it can fill up with visitors very quickly.

I recommend going early, around 8 am when it opens, because most people arrive between 9:30-11 am.

Another option is to go after 4 pm, right after all the groups have left.

What to bring

  • Cash (dollars or pesos, cards are not accepted)
  • Towel
  • Snorkeling gear (you can also rent it at the cenote, but if you can bring yours, it will save you some money)
  • Repellent and biodegradable sunscreen
  • Aqua shoes (they are handy in the cenotes)

Where to sleep in Tulum, near Cenote dos Ojos

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Our Habitas Tulum – A charming eco-friendly hotel

If you’re planning on staying for a few days, here are my recommendations for hotels in Tulum, for all budgets:

Mayan Monkey Tulum: This hostel offers excellent value for the money.

Nice modern decor and good atmosphere, pool, bar, garden, good wifi, kitchen access, yoga classes, coworking, bike and motorcycle rentals.

Dorms and private rooms are available.

Casa Almendro: If you are looking for a little more comfort, you will like this small affordable hotel in the heart of Tulum.

It is a green oasis with a rooftop terrace with chairs and hammocks. With a king-size bed and breakfast included!

Diamante K: This is a higher-end hotel with reasonable rates.

It has direct beach access in the hotel zone! Bohemian chic atmosphere, restaurant, hammocks, lounge beds, and massage service.

Our Habitas Tulum: This small eco-friendly hotel with a chic design is ideal for a romantic stay in Tulum.

It is a true oasis of peace hidden among the palm trees, with a magnificent pool and a private beach.

There are also yoga classes on the terrace at sunset. The rates here are much higher but worth it!

Kanan Tulum Adults Only: This is the ultimate option for a luxury stay in Tulum.

It is an ecological adult-only hotel, located on a beautiful private beach with hammocks and beds.

Fantastic rooftop terrace with a bar; the hotel also has an excellent restaurant, great rooms, and super friendly service.

Cenote Dos Ojos: Conclusion

Cenote Dos Ojos is a unique and unforgettable attraction in Tulum that you should not miss.

It is a place where you can immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery of nature, and enjoy a refreshing and exhilarating adventure.

Cenote Dos Ojos is more than just a cenote, it is a portal to another world.

Whether you choose to swim, snorkel, or dive, you will be amazed by the sights and sounds of this underground wonderland.

Tulum’s two-eyed wonder awaits, ready to unveil its secrets to those willing to dive into its depths.

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