The Cenote Pet Cemetery is part of the second longest underground river system in the world. Its name refers to the large number of animal skeleton found in the caves, including that of species long-extinct. This crystal-blue cenote is hidden very deep in the forest, in a natural unspoiled jungle setting. It perfectly suits for snorkeling, with shallow depths and rock formations on all sides, like columns, stalagmites and stalactites, in an amazing clearness of water.

Snorkeling the Cenote Pet Cemetery caves

How to get there?

Cenote Pet Cemetery shares the same entrance with Cenote Dos Ojos, about 30 miles/50km south of Playa del Carmen and 12 miles/20km north of Tulum. All the group taxis (known locally “collectivos”) which travel non-stop along federal route 307 stop there (« Xel Ha » stop, under the bridge). Do not buy your tickets at the main entrance, but at the Cenote Pet Cemetery gate, a 30 minutes’ walk through the jungle from the main road. You cannot visit this Cenote without a guide, contrary to other cenotes like Casa Cenote or Cenote Dos Ojos, for example.

You can also book a day tour including a visit to Cenote Pet Cemetery with a local tour operator. You’ll have a large choice of excursions, as tour organizers are particularly numerous along the Riviera Maya.

Water entrance

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

Snorkeling the Cenote Pet Cemetery caves

Exploration

Exploring Cenote Pet Cemetery consists in swimming through the caves filled with crystalline freshwater and enjoy this totally unique environment. This cenote has one of the finest and most stunning stalactites and stalagmites formations. The visibility is amazing and offers wonderful colors and light effects. The cenotes are not full of fish, but the area, including the jungle, offers nice opportunities of wildlife sightings (bat, motmot bird, snake, iguana, tarantula, fox and many other species). Because of its remoteness, Cenote Pet Cemetery is one of the best cenote if you want to enjoy the nature.

Snorkeling the Cenote Pet Cemetery caves

The water temperature is perfect for snorkeling, at a constant 76-77°F/24-25°C throughout the year. Stalactite and stalagmite are spectacular, but also highly fragile, and can be broken by a passing swimfin. Don’t touch anything, and watch where you are going, especially when your way lies through narrow passages. Roof of the caves is very low in some places: be careful when you go back up to the surface.

Restaurants & accommodation

Two restaurants (Restaurante Dos Ojos and Restaurante Juanita), serving local Mexican food, are located next to the entrance of Cenote Dos Ojos (around 150/200 pesos per person for a meal and drink).



 

  • Level required Intermediary
  • Maximum depth6m
  • Water entranceEasy, from ladders
  • LifeguardNo, but only guided tours
  • Access costs500 pesos pp. (approx. 25€)
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, at Cenote Dos Ojos entrance
  • Public toilets & showersYes

MAP Spot

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.