Cenote Jardín del Edén

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Cenote Jardín del Edén, also known as Cenote Ponderosa, is a large natural freshwater pool, surrounded by a lush jungle. With its massive rock formations covered in green moss, its translucent green water and its very specific aquatic life, it is a singular snorkeling spot, which is well-worth exploring.
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How to get there?

Cenote Jardín del Edén is located along the federal route 307, some 15mi/25km south of Playa del Carmen. The cheapest way to reach it is to ride a colectivo (collective taxi) travelling along the road. Ask the driver to drop you off at the cenote: he will stop at the crossing with the little dirty road leading to the site. It is then about 10 minutes’ walk from the highway. You can also reach it with your own car (a free parking is available at the cenote), or book a tour including a visit to Cenote Jardín del Edén with a local tour operator, generally including snorkeling equipment and pick-up at your hotel.

Entry is 200 pesos per adult. The cenote is closed on Saturdays. Snorkeling equipment and life jacket rental are available on-site.

Water entrance

Enter the water from one of the three stairs that have been installed on the wooden decks bordering the cenote.

Aerial view


The area to snorkel covers the whole open-water cenote, which is about 100 meters long and 30 meters wide. The water level in the cenote varies, but is never more than 25 feet (8m) in the deepest part. The water temperature is at a constant 76-77°F (24-25°C) in the cenote throughout the year.

The underwater visibility is amazing and offers wonderful light effects. You will surely enjoy exploring the rocks covered in aquatic plants and moss, where you can spot a fair variety of freshwater fish, including mollies, platys and tetras. If you are lucky, you may also spot slider turtle.

The Jardín del Edén cenote

There are some small underwater caves passages in the cenote that you can free dive through if you are an advanced snorkeler. We advise you to do it only with a guide.

Pay attention to people jumping off the cliffs.

Restaurants and accommodation

Drinks and snacks are available at the cenote. The Barcelo Resorts are set in front of the dirty road leading to the spot, just across the highway.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

Spot’s weather forecasts (°C)

Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
  • Maximum depth
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from wooden ladders
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium to high
  • Access costs
    200 pesos pp.
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Public toilets & showers

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos