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Kantun-Chi

Hike, swim and kayak through an ancient world of natural labyrinths and vast underground caverns.

Kantun-Chi is an ecological park in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The name Kantun-Chi in Mayan translates to “yellow stone mouth.” The park is filled with tropical gardens teeming with spider monkeys, rare bird species, raccoon, deer and reptiles. It’s the incredible cenotes, however, that are the major attraction here.

Cenotes are sinkholes naturally formed over millions of years. The Yucatán region has a porous bedrock, which means instead of collecting in rivers, rainwater seeps through the rock into underground caves. As it seeps through, the water weakens the bedrock and eventually the ceilings of the caves fall in, creating cenotes.

As the primary source of fresh water on the Yucatán Peninsula, the cenotes were prized by the Mayans who built entire cities around them. The cavernous cenotes were also seen as gateways to the afterlife and were used in various rites.

Explore the park’s four main cenotes on foot, kayak or by snorkeling. The vast underground caverns are filled with incredibly pure water, tropical fish and breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites.

Walk along the naturally formed passages in the Grutaventura cavern to see stalactites. The passages connect two cenotes.

The biggest cenote in Kantun-Chi is Sas ka leen Ha, a name which translates to “transparent water.” All the cenotes have beautifully clear water because, as the rain seeps slowly through the soil and rock, it is filtered, leaving it with very few suspended particles.

The caverns are well-lit, naturally from above and by tasteful artificial lighting. After swimming through the incredible underworld, swing beneath the tree canopy in one of the many hammocks that are strung-up throughout the park.

The park entrance fee includes a tour guide. Allow two to four hours to enjoy the park and the caves. There are regular bus services which stop by Kantun-Chi and parking is available if you are coming by car.

Popular Activities at Ecopark Kantun Chi

Like to make your visit to Ecopark Kantun Chi even more unforgettable? Remember to try out one or two of these activities:

Trying out an Ecopark Kantun Chi - Just Nature will make the visit to this famed attraction all the more memorable!

If you're seeking even more activities, take a look at our Akumal things to do page.


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Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive ¥21,096
Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive

Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive

Cta Chetumal Puerto Juarez KM 266.3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Xpu-Ha property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ecopark Kantun Chi, Xpu-ha Beach, and Dolphin Discovery. Puerto Aventuras Marina and Cenote Cristalino are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Barceló Maya Caribe - All Inclusive ¥16,675
    Barceló Maya Caribe - All Inclusive

    Barceló Maya Caribe - All Inclusive

    Carr. Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juárez, Km. 266,3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Xpu-Ha, this beachfront property is connected to the convention center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ecopark Kantun Chi and Xpu-ha Beach. Dolphin Discovery is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

      Barceló Maya Colonial - All Inclusive ¥16,675
      Barceló Maya Colonial - All Inclusive

      Barceló Maya Colonial - All Inclusive

      Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez, Km. 266.3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Xpu-Ha property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ecopark Kantun Chi and Xpu-ha Beach. Puerto Aventuras Marina and Dolphin Discovery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Barceló Maya Beach - All Inclusive ¥16,675
        Barceló Maya Beach - All Inclusive

        Barceló Maya Beach - All Inclusive

        Carr Chetumal Puerto Juarez Km 266.3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Xpu-Ha, this beachfront property is connected to the convention center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ecopark Kantun Chi, Xpu-ha Beach, and Dolphin Discovery. Cenote Cristalino and Bel Air Animal Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Barceló Maya Tropical - All Inclusive ¥16,675
          Barceló Maya Tropical - All Inclusive

          Barceló Maya Tropical - All Inclusive

          Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez, Km 266.3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Xpu-Ha property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ecopark Kantun Chi and Xpu-ha Beach. Dolphin Discovery is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

            Barcelo Maya Riviera - Adults only (Opening in December 2019) - All Inclusive
            Barcelo Maya Riviera - Adults only (Opening in December 2019) - All Inclusive

            Barcelo Maya Riviera - Adults only (Opening in December 2019) - All Inclusive

            Carr. Chetumal Puerto Juarez km 266.3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the beach, this all-inclusive property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ecopark Kantun Chi and Xpu-ha Beach. Dolphin Discovery is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

              Barcelo Maya Grand Resort
              Barcelo Maya Grand Resort

              Barcelo Maya Grand Resort

              CARRETERA CHETUMAL, PTO. JUAREZ, KM.266,377750 PUERTO AVENTURASMX, Xpu-Ha, Quintana Roo
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Xpu-Ha, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ecopark Kantun Chi and Xpu-ha Beach. Dolphin Discovery is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

                Tropical Location Riviera Maya
                Tropical Location Riviera Maya

                Tropical Location Riviera Maya

                Carreterra Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 265, Xpu-Ha, QROO
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Xpu-Ha resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bel Air Animal Park and Xpu-ha Beach. Dolphin Discovery is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.