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Cenote Chaak Tun
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Cenote Chaak Tun Tour in Playa del Carmen
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

While staying in Playa Del Carmen we took a cab to this cenote. Had researched it before hand on TA and thought I had seen the cost was about $100 pesos pp. Well, i was wrong..it is 200 pesos per person. Also we knew to bring our own snorkeling stuff but one of the group did not. It cost her about 50 pesos for the mask and snorkle. However, the guy at the cenote was telling us that the underwater flashlight would be 30 pesos; the locker was 20 pesos and i can't remember what the guide would cost. He told us we could have all the above for 260 pesos each (including the guide) but once we told him we did not need certain things he broke it down to "ala carte" prices.

The first cenote is awesome! it is literally in a cave, which is very dark, but for a couple of lights. When we went there was no one else there (about 11:30am) and it was a little spooky..there were some bats flying around us. It is circular fresh water. Great experience. The second cenote has a small opening which you could see the sky outside. This one was larger then the first but there was alot of parts you really could not swim in. There was heavy "muck" in those places. As long as you stay where the ropes are you will be fine. Really interesting and highly recommended. My only issue is that when we went last year to the Gran Cenote (outside Tulum) it was larger and able to swim all over it for approx 100 pesos. The guy told us the "prices" went up last november.

There is also a dry cave you can explore, we did not as we really just wanted to do swimming.

1  Thank Meander48
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

It is an unbelievable experience with real nature. water is so clear cold beautiful, and the rocks formations are just something else! Very easy to get here, around 10 minutes away from downtown Playa. If you can bring your own waterproof flash light will be better,they will charge you the same fee for the flash light and for the entrance, AND YOU WILL NEED ONE!! But this is a most see place, better than going to any of those fictitious parks.

1  Thank DianitaRamirez
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was approximately 10 minutes from Tulum Ruins. It was great to swim in the cave. Everyone enjoyed it.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Before our family vacationed in Mexico, we researched interesting things to do in the Playa del Carmen area. We came across reviews for Chaak Tun. We read that most hotel staff and taxi drivers would not even know where it was... TRUE. We read that it is off the bumpiest road in Mexico... TRUE. We read that it was not to be missed... VERY, VERY TRUE!!! Amazing doesn't even cover it! We were taken to three cenotes (basically sinkholes). Two of them are filled with water and are absolutely breath-taking!

We had Adam as our guide. He was very fun and knowledgeable. He had us rub decomposed limestone on our faces as a facial... But it didn't stop there! In the next cenote he presented us with our pedicures... little guppies nibbling at our toes! (Beware ladies... do not let your husbands claim this as your spa day, as mine tried!)

I was so worried about what types of life forms we would encounter... We saw bats (we didn't bother them / they didn't bother us), some catfish, tiny guppies, a cricket... That was pretty much it! We searched for "Lupita" - a cricket-eating spider, but did not find her. I was okay with that! :)

To get to the last part of the tour, we had to swim underwater from one cave to the next! It wasn't difficult to do, only a few seconds underwater. My 6 and 8 year olds did it easily with Adam's guidance. Getting to swim into a "secret cave" was one of the highlights of their trip!

The only sketchy thing was that their bathroom facility was currently enjoying a facelift... I'm sure it will be beautiful upon our next visit!

The total cost of our self-made excursion was $120 for our family of four. This included entrance to the cenotes (discounted for the children) and a taxi ride. We negotiated that the taxi driver stayed while we visited, so it cost a little more than normal. It was only about a 20 - 25 minute ride there.

Be sure to take bug spray for the part of the tour. The mosquitoes in Mexico are no joke!

I wish I could give this place more than 5 stars!

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Just like every reviewer has stated. This is a beautiful cenote. But, the base cost for people not in a tour (which are usually overpriced) has doubled from $100 pesos a person to $200 a person. It’s still $100 pesos if you can prove you live or work in Playa.

The guy at the desk said it was orders from the new management/owners. And, he didn't budge and inch on negotiation. With a clear tone of “take it or go F yourself”. For Quintana Roo his behavior was very aggressive, and I’m saying this as a two year resident of Mexico on my 3rd trip to the state. It is especially weird because the guides who work there are quite friendly and helpful.

It’s sad because this is now the most expensive "non-tour" Cenote in the Yucatan with no amenities! No snack bar. No beverages except those provided with a guide package. Not sure what the new owners are thinking, but repeat business doesn’t seem to be a concern.

If you just have time for one cenote and don't care about the cost. It's a good choice, but there are a dozen other great ones usually costing $50 to $100 pesos, with much better service and less hassle.

4  Thank Itsnotatumor
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