• Hacienda Kampepen Cenotes - Homan, Yucatan

      Cenote at Hacienda Kampepen, Yucatan, Mexico
      Photo by Dennis Goza
      Yucatan is home to literally thousands of cenotes, which are deep underground pools of clear water that are often great places for swimming and snorkeling. Several of them are located near the little town of Homun. This includes those at Hacienda Kampepen, which some experienced cenote explorers regard as among the finest. Hacienda Kampepen is also an archaeological site, featuring the intriguing ruins of a 19th Century ranch house and adjoining structures. From there, it's a short walk to the three other attractions. One is a cave, also of archaeological significance because it features ancient handprints made in blood. This cave also contains a mini-cenote. But it doesn't compare to the two main cenotes, which are quite splendid. For best results, bring along a snorkel. You might even spot a small fish or two. There are several plaques posted around the property, in both Spanish and English, to inform you about the sights you are seeing.

      If you go:
      Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Allow at least an hour for the experience. You can catch a shared van ride, called a collectivo, from Merida at a very reasonable cost. Getting back, you'll have to take a tuk-tuk from the site into Homun, and then you can catch a collectivo back to Merida. Keep your eyes open for landmarks of archaeological interest along the way. Bring a towel. Showers on site are mandatory, and life jackets are provided, though it's up to you whether or not you actually use one. Minimize the gear you bring along, and take it down into the cenote area to stash on a platform, as there have been reports of theft when items are left outside. No refreshments are available at the site, so bring your own.


      Homan, Yucatan, 97580 Mexico

      Phone Numbers:

      Hacienda Kampepen
      +52 (988) 103 5337

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      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        Megan was near here today, I hope to have new photos to post soon.