Explore cenotes on a bike challenge

March 18, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More

cenote bike challenge

Something I did differently during my trip to Mexico last December was that I didn’t plan that much.

I just wanted to be in the moment and see who I would meet, then decide on what and where to explore. I had an idea of sites I wanted to see, but I didn’t have set plans to do things on a certain day. I went on this trip with little expectations.

It was the day before the Mayan calendar was to end. I was in Valladolid and stayed at Hostel Calendaria. By the way, I highly recommend this hostel if you ever visit.

I like staying at hostels because its easy to meet other travelers who want do similar things. I knew that I wanted to explore a few cenotes in the area, but didn’t know how I would get to them. In case your wondering, a cenote is a natural lime sink hole filled with ground water.

That morning, I met few travelers during breakfast who were going to a few cenotes on bike. I hadn’t thought of renting one, but it was a cool idea to exercise and explore the area.

The hostel gave us a map that had a bike challenge to explore all the beautiful cenotes and pueblos in the surrounding area. This challenge was easily over 97 km! It wasn’t meant to be done in one afternoon, but over the course of several days.

We decided to explore a circular route on the map that was about 31 km because my friends for the day had to be back to catch a bus late afternoon.

The itinerary we mapped out took us to Cenote X’lakaj, Cenote Tekom and Pueblo, Diztnup Pueblo, Cenote Dzitnup, and back to Valladolid.

Here are pics from Hostel Calendaria’s bike challenge.

We started biking on Calle 40. Once we got out of the center of town, there weren’t that many cars on the road. We rode on bike paths like this.
Cenote bike challenge

After riding for a bit, we spotted a sign that showed us how close we were to the first cenote.

Calle 40

Cenote X’lakaj

We walked down several steps to this cenote, but didn’t swim in it.

Cenote X'la

Tekom Pueblo

One of the hostel guests told us about Cenote Tekom which was underground. He said that we have to ask the policeman in town to unlock the gate.

In the pic below, we found a cop hanging out at the building on the far left. The entrance to the cenote is on the right in the circular tower with windows.

Going inside Cenote Tekom

We told him we were only swimming for 15 minutes. He locked us inside gate. It was weird at first to think that we were getting locked in, but we knew he would come back.

Gate Tekom Cenote

Cenote Tekom

This cenote was beautiful. We walked down several feet of stairs in a low lit tunnel. Cenote Tekom was illuminated with flood lights. We swam for a bit. The water was cool, but refreshing.

Cenote Tekom

This is the ceiling of Cenote Tekom.

Tekom Cenote ceiling

Dzitnup Pueblo

It was a little past lunch time when we made it to Dzitnup Pueblo. We ate tacos from the street vendor which were delicious.

Tacos in Dzitnup Pueblo

These tacos were spicy! Picante means spicy in Spanish.


Cenote Dzitnup

We were running short on time so we decided to explore Cenote Dzitnup instead of Samula.

As we were about to walk into the cave, we saw signs reminding us to swim at our own risk.
Swim at your own risk.

Cenote Dzitnup compared to the others we previously went to was visited by many and well illuminated. There were a lot of families hanging out. It is slippery so you have to mind your step. The water was also cool and refreshing. There are ropes in the water in case you need something to pull on to get you back to the ledge. We saw bats in the cave too.

Cenote Dzitnup

Hostel Candelaria

We finished the afternoon back at the hostel.
Hostel Candelaria

I just went with the flow and everything worked out. I didn’t have to really plan or think as much. It was all about being in the moment.

  • Would you be okay with not planning?
  • What would make you comfortable to go with the flow?

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  1. Andrew says:

    These cenotes look amazing, some great pictures. I agree that it’s so important to keep an open mind about what to do and not to get bogged down with planning everything. We’re in Australia at the moment and haven’t got many concrete plans so we’ll just go with the flow ourselves.
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