- Costs: 20 pesos to park, entrance fee for the ruins, cenote, and the museum is 220 pesos ($11.00) – They do not accept credit cards. If you’re a local, it’s free to visit the ruins on Sundays, having said that if you are a tourist, you may want to avoid Sunday.
- Hours: Daily 8 am to 5 pm Museum is closed on Mondays.
Tips when visiting:
- I would suggest visiting Dzibilchaltrun in the morning because of the heat, especially in the summer.
- Make sure you bring lots of water.
- Wear a swimsuit under your clothes, wear biodegradable sunscreen if you plan on getting in the cenote, and probably bring a hat.
- Wear good shoes and come prepared you will be walking a lot, as these ruins are spread out and there are many to see.
*** If you bring a backpack (even if it’s small) they will make you leave it at the front booth. You can have a huge beach bag or purse, but for some reason, they don’t allow ANY type of backpack in.
Note if you are afraid of heights:
These ruins are not as high as Ek Balam; however, they are quite impressive. If you are afraid of heights at all, which we are they can be a bit intimidating to climb. The steps are very steep and they may give you the feeling of falling backward because of the way they are slanted. The steepness resembles that of going up a ladder. Going up is a lot easier than coming down if you are at all afraid of heights or if your balance is a bit off just take it slow.
Xlakah Cenote, Museum & Cenote Chen
The Xlakah Cenote was one of our favorites because it is warmer and bigger than most we have visited, also it’s an open-air cenote which we prefer. The only downside was.. it was the most crowded. We visited on a Saturday, and it was quite busy. If you can go through the week, I would assume it would be less busy. Be prepared to have somewhat of a pedicure, as the little fish will nibble at your toes and feet.
It’s considered one of the largest and deepest (144 feet) open-air cenotes found in the Yucatan. There are beautiful lily pads in the center and one side is deep enough to jump into and the other side shallow.
Divers have found many artifacts, human bones, and pottery in the cenote. Archeological artifacts indicate the cenote may have used for religious purposes.
It was great to have a cenote as part of the excursion because it was so hot and it was great to be able to jump in and cool off in between checking out the ruins.
One of the cool things about visiting Dzibilchaltrun is that we were able to see a cenote, ruins, and go through a cool museum for one price and at one time. The museum has many Mayan and Spanish artifacts and statues from the colonial era, along with many stone monuments.
When walking through the museum, I couldn’t help but imagine what it might have been like to be alive during the Mayan era hundreds of years ago. The museum has a timeline where it shows you the progression throughout the Mayan Era, along with the changing times and economic conditions the Mayans endured. It was quite fascinating.
Many of the artifacts are well preserved, and it’s a fascinating look back into the past imagining what it might have been like to live during that time. The explanations on the wall displays are in English and Spanish. If you go outside of the museum, you will find a traditional Mayan home — such an interesting museum, which takes about a 1/2 hour to go through.
Another relatively close cenote:
After visiting the ruins, we decided to head about 20 minutes southwest to Cenote Chen. This small open-air cenote was a lot of fun because we were the only ones there and we got to swim through caves. It was the first time we have swam through caves, and it was awesome. It was kind of strange to be the only people there. I kept feeling like maybe there was a crocodile that was going to come to get us. LOL
At first, we passed the road because there is no sign. The GPS is correct, except it ends at a dirt road. Take the dirt road to the end, and you will hit the cenote. Part of the fun for us was having the cenote to ourselves out in the middle of nowhere.
We had a great time visiting the ruins, two cenotes, and the museum. Depending on how long you want to spend at these locations this would be considered a 1/2 to a full-day itinerary. We have been on a mission to slow down and enjoy every moment, so this was a full-day itinerary for us.
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