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Chaak Tun

Cancun / Riviera Maya / Cozumel / Tulum


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Immerse into the Mayan underworld of “Xibalba” as you discover one of the most exciting activities available in Playa del Carmen. Grab your snorkeling gear and enjoy crystal clear water as you travel back in time and gaze upon centuries-old stalactites and stalagmites. Explore and snorkel two awesome and inspiring underground cenotes as you enjoy de pillars of light that illuminate the caves and create ripples of light on the walls.
  • Descend into the Mayan underworld at two stunning underground cenotes (freshwater sinkhole)
  • Explore the stalactites and stalagmites as you swim and snorkel on the crystalline waters
  • Visit an altar made by the Mayans, and learn about the underworld they called ‘Xibalba’
  • Activity duration: 3 hours (not including transportation time to and from activity)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off available


Discover an almost private oasis

Hidden in the Mayan jungle, Chaak Tun is still relatively unknown and it’ll give you an almost private experience compared to other crowded cenotes. Round-trip, air-conditioned transportation will take you from your resort to these freshwater cenotes, which you’ll access through a long wooden platform that crosses part of the Riviera Maya’s jungle paths.

Strap on your gear and wade through crystalline water as you travel back in time by gazing upon centuries-old stalagmites and stalactites. Flash your headlamp onto the caves’ pillars and create ripples of light on the walls. Follow the illuminated path into the twisting cave as the faint squeaks of bats welcome you into their home.

Enter into ‘Xibalba’, the Mayan underworld

The second cenote is accessible through a spiral staircase. As you marvel at nature’s design, you’ll learn about Mayan traditions, myths, and sacred beliefs all hidden within this powerful place. For the ancient Mayans, bodies of water like cenotes and the ocean were sacred portals to the underworld, which they called ‘Xibalba’.

Upon entering this second cenote, you’ll see a Mayan altar where ceremonial acts were performed. This unique piece stands as a testament to the importance Mayans placed on the cenotes. When you come back above ground and into the sunlight, say goodbye to your guides and hop on your vehicle to head back to your resort before evening time.


  • Transportation
  • Snorkel gear
  • Life vest
  • Wet suit
  • Water shoes
  • Helmet
  • 1 water lamp per couple

Practical Information

  • Biodegradable Sunblock and mosquito repellent must be applied at least 1 hour prior to the activity in order to preserve the environment
  • All participants in this activity must be in good health conditions, and not suffering from diabetes, hypertension, asthma, or heart problems
  • No infants allowed on this activity
  • Please note that our partner will be providing transportation in their vehicle so that you can enjoy this exciting excursion.
  • Important: If you are in Cozumel and wish to have this experience, please select your pick-up location at the meeting point that best suits you.

Good To Know

  • Tour Language: English / Spanish
  • Tour Location(s): Playa del Carmen
  • Season: All year long
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 4 years old
  • Maximum Age Permitted: 80 years old
  • Hotel Pick-up Available: Yes
  • Good Physical Condition Required: Yes
  • Suitable For Children : Yes
  • Suitable For Elderly: Yes
  • Pregnant Woman Allowed: No
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