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The 25 Best Merida Cenotes That You Must See in 2022 + Practical Tips and Map

If you are staying in Merida for a few days you absolutely cannot miss the spectacular Merida Cenotes.

I mean, they are not right in Merida, although you can find a few private cenotes in the city, here in this post, I will talk more about the cenotes that are at a maximum 1-hour distance from Merida.

As you may already be aware, the Yucatan Peninsula is gifted with something like 6000 cenotes, many of them are still in their original shape hidden among trees and lush vegetation but many others have been cleaned and furnished with stairs and safety cords and protection bars so that we can safely get to the water.

Cenotes are mainly managed by the local communities that own the lands. They charge very little compared to the Cenotes of the Riviera Maya or the Tulum Cenotes or even the Cenotes near Cancun, and they are much more interesting to visit.

On top of that, while driving around Yucatan and visiting the cenotes I am talking about in this post, the people are much nicer and more laidback than in Quintana Roo. Probably less affected by massive tourism, I guess.

Even though these cenotes near Merida are a little off the beaten track you can still find tourists, but it is likely that you have the cenote all for yourself on some occasions.

I will tell you when it’s not the case so that if you are anything like me you will avoid those busier cenotes.

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Table Of Contents
  1. How to visit Merida Cenotes
  2. Merida Cenotes around Abalà (Southeast of Merida)
  3. Merida cenotes around Mayapan archeological site
  4. Cenotes in San Antonio de Mulix (2 cenotes)
  5. Homun Cenotes
  6. Cuzama cenotes
  7. Other cenotes located a 2-hour drive from Merida
  8. What to pack for exploring the cenotes in Mexico
  9. Cenotes rules for a responsible tourism
  10. Merida cenotes FAQ
  11. Merida cenotes Map (click on the image to open Google map)
  12. ✨ Mexico Travel Planning Guide ✨
  13. Isabella, author, editor, and founder

How to visit Merida Cenotes

The best tours to the Merida Cenotes

Ok, although right below this you will read how I would choose a car rental, I have to admit that sometimes I love to stay comfortable and put myself in the wise hands of a trustworthy travel agent so that I don’t have to think about anything and just enjoy the ride. Besides I can always benefit from the knowledge of a local certified guide.

So here below is my pick among the best available tours to the Cenotes near Merida. Click on the tour you want to read more information about and book your trip. It’s advisable to book a few days in advance to secure your space.

Visit the Merida Cenotes by car

Guess what I am going to tell you!

Of course, my favorite way to visit the cenotes near Merida is definitely by car. Differently from the Riviera Maya Cenotes here, you must forget the public transportation.

(If you don’t want to rent a car, worry not, I will share other ways to visit Merida cenotes, in this post)

In fact most of the time you will need to drive through small villages and take back dirt roads to reach the most beautiful ones.

It is different for the cenotes of Humun and Cuzama, where you can reach the village by bus and have locals take you to all the cenotes by their motor tricycles, which is fun. I will tell you all about it in a bit.

But if you want to explore other areas you must rent a car or hire a taxi, or join an organized tour, which is also a great option.

Here below I am sharing the best-rated tours before listing my favorite cenotes that I have personally explored by renting a car in Merida.


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Visit Merida Cenotes by bus

The only cenotes near Merida that are accessible by bus are the ones in Cuzama and in Homun. That is because you can get to each of those towns by colectivo, which you can board in Plaza San Juan in Merida.

Once you get to Cuzama or Homun you will find local motor-taxi drivers and guides that will take you to visit all the cenotes for as little as 300 MXN. So if you love some adventures this is the way to go to Homun.

You can also stay a couple of days as there are quite a few hotels and cabañas available.

Merida Cenotes around Abalà (Southeast of Merida)

1. Cenote Yaal Utzil

Opening hours – 9 am to 5 pm

Entry fee – 60 Mxn (includes changing room and lifevest if needed)

Google Map

Cenote Yaal Utzil stairs
Cenote Yaal Utzil overview

This cenote is one of the few open cenotes in the area. You will find 2 platforms from where to jump one of 10 mt and 3 mt if you feel adventurous.

The cenote is 10 mt deep so you don’t have to worry about crashing on the bottom. 🙂 I would still be scared to jump through.

In this cenote, you can go diving if you book your trip with a dive center. Otherwise, you can also snorkel but you must bring your own equipment.

You can park your car in a nearby space for 50 mxn where you can also use the toilet. Otherwise, you can leave the car on the road. However, there is no toilet at the cenote.

Important information – sometimes the cenote Yaal Utzil is mentioned as the Hacienda Mucuyche but it’s not accurate. The hacienda has a different cenote and separate access (and more expensive) I will talk about it here below.

Surrounding Cenote Yaal Utzil

2. Cenote Hacienda Mucuyche’

Hacienda Mucuyche is a spectacular old hacienda with a restaurant and 2 restructured cenotes inside.

Although they made an amazing job and kept the natural feel of the two cenotes, they are connected by a river which is clearly artificially made.

I always prefer to visit more natural cenote with less man-made construction but many people seem to enjoy this kind of structure which is basically a park and that’s why I thought I would include it in this list.

The two cenotes are really beautiful, especially the second one that you will see since it’s inside a cave which is lit with special blue light for a special effect.

What I don’t love about this place is that you will only be able to visit in groups and therefore you will necessarily be with a whole lot of people.

So they have specific slots that you must book in advance and you can only visit for a limited amount of time following the herd of people like kettles basically.

Other than that it’s a really beautiful place. The hacienda itself is really fascinating and the entry cost includes also a 30 minutes tour around the old hacienda with a local guide.

The hacienda also has a restaurant where you can have a local meal after enjoying the tour.

Mucuyche entry fee

590 MXN ( 30 USD) – includes access to the cenotes and a tour of the hacienda.

How to get to hacienda Mucuyche

There is no public transportation to get there so you either rent a car or hire a private driver.

The alternative option is to book a tour from Merida with Bricio that includes transportation and the completion of Mucuyche with lunch and the visit to another hacienda.

Bricio is a local tour guide very much appreciated by previous tourists who took the same tour.

Here is one.

“Bricio was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was a pleasure to spend a morning with, and the locations were superb. Truly magical. Best thing we’ve done in Mexico so far. I forgot my glasses and he has gone out of his way to return them to me. Book this experience”.

Read more reviews and book your tour

3. Cenote Kankirixche

Entry fee – 100 MXN (80 national)

Opening hours – 8 am to 5 pm

Google Maps

Cenote Kankirixche entrance
Cenote Kankirixche entrance

Cenote Kankirixche was one of my favorite ones around Abalà Yucatan. It’s not very big but it has transparent water and it rarely has a lot of people.

It has easy access to the water which is shallow for most parts but if you don’t feel comfortable you can rent a life vest for 50 MXN (3 USD).

It’s usually frequented by divers coming with dive shops from Merida for its incredible caves underneath. Or you can snorkel around the cenote but remember to bring your own snorkeling equipment.

How to get to Cenote Kankirixche

You must have your own car to get to this cenote or hire private transportation.

Or you can join a combined tour and visit Uxmal and Kabah archeological sites + kankirinxche cenote.

Cenote Kankirixche overview of the water
Cenote Kankirixche
Cenote Kankirixche
Cenote Kankirixche

4. Cenote Chihuo-Hol

Google Maps

I have included this cenote even though I didn’t make it there. It’s close to the Hacienda Mucuyche but the road to get there although just 4 km short, is very rough and I didn’t really want to risk my small car rental, besides I was alone and I don’t want to be left stranded in the middle of the woods alone.

You should need a 4×4 if you want to get there. Or you can walk but don’t do it alone. And I would suggest you should bring some dog food with you in case you meet any random street dogs. You never know how they would react.

The cenote entrance is free because there is no maintenance nor anybody looking after it. So if you feel adventurous here is a tip. But please stay safe!

5. Cenote Sambula (Peba)

Opening hours – 10 am – 5 pm

Entree fee – 100 MXN

Google Maps (please note that on google maps you will find it as Peba, which is actually the name of the closest town, but the real name of the cenote is Sambula and you will find the sign on the rod.

Cenote Sambula Entrance
Cenote Sambula entrance stairs
Cenote Sambula inside

I wasn’t particularly excited at seeing this cenote. It’s very small and when there are 10 people it feels overcrowded. That kind of small.

Merida cenotes around Mayapan archeological site

There are more than 28 cenotes around Mayapan only besides all those that haven’t been discovered and that is one of the reasons the old Mayan city was the last one that disappeared, thanks to the huge water resources that helped the population go through the harsh drought times.

We are in fact close to the more famous Homun and Cuzama, but these cenotes are lesser-known and therefore less crowded.

But if you are driving around the Yucatan Peninsula and you want to stop by you may be lucky and be there on your own.

Mayapan is a spectacular archeological site that you should indeed visit. It’s one of my favorites for its extended number of temples that have been brought to light and it’s never as crowded as the more popular.

Besides, near Mayapan there are incredible hidden cenotes that you can visit right after the tour of the ruins to cool off from the heat. It will make a great day trip from Merida.

I actually did it by car, which is the only way to do it unless you hire private transportation.

6. Cenote Nah Ya

The entry fee is 50 MXN

Open from 8 am to 6 pm

Google Maps

Cenote Nah Ya overview

Mainly for scuba divers and freedivers for its incredible vertical depth and the spectacular effects of the sunlight.

Cenote Nah Ya entrance gate
From this entrance, you have another 5 minutes drive

7. Cenote Su-hem

Access fee 100 MXN

Open from 9 to 18

Google Maps

Su ham cenote

An open cenote with a 10 mt platform for jumps and 45 mt depth for divers to explore its caves.

The road to get there is unpaved but very well kept for any kinds of cars.

Cenotes in San Antonio de Mulix (2 cenotes)

San Antonio de Mulix is a small village in the heart Yucatan. Just driving through it is worth the trip. You will be able to see the remaining old hacienda and old colonial buildings among local homes surrounded by flowery gardens and manicured vegetation.

Once you get to the Cenote entrance you will see the sign where you will have to park and pay for the entrance.

There you can read the cenote rules and get something to drink or eat in the nearby restaurant.

San Antonio Mulix Merida cenotes
Ticket office

Photographer tips – they don’t allow photography with a professional camera. I had my 5D Mark III and didn’t let me use it unless I paid 500 pesos.

On their rule sign, it’s written that doing photo shootings has a cost, but they don’t understand the difference between taking your own pictures and photo shooting with a model. Anyhow, it is what it is.

So the pics you see here are taken with my phone and edited on Snapseed app.

Once you pay your ticket you get a card that you will need to hand over to the first gate a few miles from the office.

DZONBACAL
DZONBACAL CENOTE

The cenotes are at a close distance from one another they are both small but very pretty and enjoyable.

Here below are some pictures.

Opening hours – 9.30 – 17.00

Google Maps

8. Cenote Dzonbacal

The name means Dove hunting ( Dzon= cazeria/hunting and Bakal=paolmas/doves) 

It reaches a maximum of 15 mt depth.

Dzonbacal cenote random girl swimming
DZONBACAL CENOTE - Merida cenotes - Random Girl Swimming

9. Cenote Xbatun

This is the pretties half-open it is surrounded by alamo trees whose roots are hanging from the limestone wall, waterlilies around the transparent water, and a secular tree laying in the cenote crater completely alive thanks to a single root that found its way into the fertile soil when one of the past hurricanes completely eradicated the rest of the tree. Marvels of nature!

Xbatun means embrace of stone (abrazo de piedra in Spanish).

It’s 11 mt deep in its max depth. 

Cenote Xbatun
Cenote Xbatun Cave
Fallen tree
Cenote Xbatun fallen tree
Altar to the Aluxes
The Aluxes are spirits and guardians of the Mayan natural areas. Here there is an altar and a cave dedicated to them. But you should always remember to ask them permission and give thanks every time you enter in a cenote or in nature. They can become mischievous creatures if you don’t show respect to them.
Cenote Xbatun
Cenote Xbatun overview

Homun Cenotes

Santa Barbara Cenotes and Restaurants (3 cenotes)

It’s a group with 3 cenotes, nicely organized and well maintained, located on the premises of what has been an old hacienda of Yucatan.

You pay 250 mxn to see the 3 cenotes, including the use of the bike, or a ride on the horse chariot, life jacket, which is mandatory for safety reasons and you can include a local lunch for an extra 100 MXN (I didn’t try it so I am not sure about the quality of the food, but I am sure it’s quite basic)

I chose to ride a bike and got to the 2nd cenote first where I was on my own with the other 4 people only.

Santa Barbara Cenotes Sign from the road

You should then move on to the first cenote and lastly to the third because it’s on the way back as you ride on a circuit.

But since they are only 50 mt apart you can choose depending on how busy they are.

The first cenote was in fact overcrowded so I decided to just take a couple of shots and leave.

I can’t enjoy a cenote when there are too many people. It takes away the magic.

Here below some pics.

Find the Santa Barbara cenotes on Google Map.

Here below I am including some pictures and a brief description of each of them.

10. Cenote Cascabel (Santa Barbara cenotes)

Cenote Cascabel is the #1 on your itinerary, but as I said you can actually do what you want if you are on your own.

It’s a cave cenote and you will need to climb down quite a bit of wooden stairs. It’s very easy although at the beginning you will have the help of a rope to avoid slippering down as you will need to squat to avoid hitting your head onto the rock.

The cenote is very large and quite deep in certain areas. That is why they made the life jacket mandatory and included in the entrance fees.

No jumps allowed.

Santa Barbara Cascabel Cenote
Santa Barbara Cascabel Cenote side
Santa Barbara Cascabel Cenote platform

11. Cenote Chacksinkin

Opposite the cascabel is the Chacksinkin. Same entrance through wooden stairs but with more light and a wider platform from where to get into the water, which is very shallow at the beginning and it gets deeper as you get to the walls of the cenote.

Santa barbara cenote entrance
Santa Barbara Chacksinkin cenote entrance
Santa Barbara Chacksinkin cenote
Santa Barbara Chacksinkin cenote platform
Santa Barbara Chacksinkin cenote stairs
Santa Barbara Chacksinkin cenote platform

12. Cenote Xooch

Cenote Xooch is my favorite of all the cenotes. The entrance is super easy through man-made rocky stairs and a short tunnel that opens up in a spectacular rounded cenote with an open ceiling and beautiful Alamo trees with giant roots hanging and reflecting in the water.

This cenote is the best for photography but the platform is really small so you really want to be on your own here.

Also in this cenote, the access to the water is made easy with comfortable wooden stairs.

Santa barbara xooch entrance
Santa Barbara Xooch cenote
Santa Barbara Xooch cenote
Cenote Xooch in Santa Barbara Homun

Visiting Santa Barbara Cenotes with a guided tour

If you are not fond of renting a car, but you want to be comfortable and visit the best cenotes in Homun as a day trip from Merida, there are several tours that take you there.

The full package is a little more expensive but you don’t have to think about all the logistics. Just enjoy the trip!

Cenotes and Hacienda Kampepen (2 cenotes)

The hacienda Kampepen is a great place where you can combine the visit of an old hacienda and get to learn the history of this place, with a cave and two cenotes, plus an altar to the Aluxes (very important too).

They have a self-guided tour (180 MXN) that you can do either on foot or by bike (extra 50MXN) however if you are average tall the bikes will be super small.

In fact, I decided to walk and didn’t do the entire tour.

The cenotes are incredibly amazing and here below I will talk about both of them separately.

13. Cenote Kinche’ (Hacienda Kampepen)

It’s located right beyond the Hacienda main building. You can walk down the wooden stairs and you will find yourself in this incredible cave with blue water and alamo tree roots hanging down. There is an open ceiling so the water is not completely pristine.

Here are some pictures.

14. Cenote Noria (Hacienda Kampepen)

The cenote Noria is close to the ticket office and it’s the most amazing because being in a cave the water is crystal clear and very clean. It’s not very deep, so no jumps are possible but it’s a beautiful place to swim.

Because it’s so deep down into mother earth and not much air gets in, it’s super hot and humid, but the water is very chilly.

Cenote Noria Homun

Other cenotes in Homun

Please note that in the Homun area there are something like 300 cenotes of which around 30 are in Homun town. It is my goal to see them all but one at a time. 😆

The cenotes I described on this page are only a very small portion of what is available and they keep finding more.

So I invite you to put on your explorer hat and go find more. I assure you it’s going to be so much fun!

15. Cenote Bal-Min

It means “hidden cenote” in the Mayan language – it’s about 7 mt deep and you can find beautiful giant stalactites and stalagmites formations beside rock paintings.

It’s easily accessible, as two metal stairs are conveniently placed for the descent and ascent, respectively. You can find rustic changing rooms and bathrooms before entering the cenote. 

16. Cenote Tzau Jun Cat

This is one of the first cenotes to be discovered in Homun and it’s public.

It costs 20 pesos only. It’s located right outside town on the way to Cuzamà. 

It’s a walking distance of the town center.

Cenote Tzau Jun Cat

17. Cenote Holcosom

Situate on the same unpaved road of  Cenote Balmain, it’s smaller and probably less impactful but it’s still worth a visit. The descent is comfortable on metal stairs.

18. Cenote San Antonio

This is not one of my favorites, because they had to build a concrete platform to access it. The entrance and platform are very small. You cannot jump because the deep water is far from the platform.

Here they also have cabañas with hammocks or where you can set up your tent for 80/100 pesos

cenotes of Yucatan - Boundless Roads

On another side of the main road, you will find another group of cenotes, two of which are quite remarkable.

19. Cenote Santa Rosa

This other beautiful example of the cenote is relatively smaller but certainly worth a visit. They also have cabañas where you can stay and of course, changing rooms and toilets. When I went to visit it was closed, unfortunately.

20. Santa Maria Caves

They are popular caves where visitors can cover themselves in healing mud. Not sure how healing it is but it’s sure fun. Once you get there they explain how it works.

You will walk into the caves in a subterranean river until you will bump into a cenote of crystal clear waters.

Maybe if you are a little claustrophobic consider asking how long the walk last.

21/22. 3 Oches (2 cenotes and a cave)

Entry fee – 50 mxn

Opening hours – 9 to 17

Google Maps

Cenote # 1 from below
3 oches cenotes homun

The meaning is 3 foxes which I am not sure how can be related to the cenotes.

There are 3 cenotes anyway. The first is 9 mt deep in the center.

I went back to visit these cenotes recently as I am updating this post and they have done a wonderful job to make the descent easier in the first cenote. They are still very natural and kept with their original shape. Here are some pictures.

If you are feeling more adventurous the local guy, which is the son of the owner, can take you down a small cave I didn’t go as I am a little claustrophobic but if you do, please let me know.

3 cenote in 3 oches Homun
If you are brave enough to get through that hole, please let me know how it went
3 oches cenote # 2 stairs
3 oches cenote #2
3 oches cenote #2

23. Cenote Yaxchabaltun

Yaxchabaltun means green “mazorca” on stone – TUN meaning stone in Mayan ( So I was told)

This is close to Homun town, on the same unpaved road that takes you to 3 Ochos and another.

Man-made stairs will take you to a concrete platform from which you can comfortably step down the stairs or jump in the cenote.  The cenote is 15 mt deep. Suitable for family and kids.

Where to stay in Homun

If you have the time it will be a great idea to spend a couple of nights in Homun and visit as many cenotes as possible while relaxing in a nice comfortable lodging surrounded by the magical nature.

Here are a few hotel options:

Cabañas Santa Cruz

Hameki

Cabañas Quetzal

Cuzama cenotes

Since the time I was there, they have opened more cenotes. But these below are the first three that you could visit in Cuzama.

There has been a debate on whether it’s ethical to go there because you can only access these cenotes on old caravans trailed by horses that appear not to be in very good condition.

And since there are so many cenotes in the area you really have a lot of options and skip this one visit until they fix the horse situation.

Having said that, I am going to give you the information just because I went to check it out.

They are all cave cenotes with narrow but easy stairs to take you down into the underworld.

Not so difficult to climb if you are not particularly sensitive to narrow caves.

24. Cenote Chan Ucil

The name means Mosco pequeño = small fly

Chan

25. Cenote Chacsinicche

The name means Hormiga roja de madera= wooden red ants

Chacsinicche cenote
Chacsinicche

26. Cenote Bolonchojool

The Cenote Bolonchojool has the longes stairs and is completely vertical but if I did it, anybody that doesn’t suffer from any physical challenge can do it.

The name means 9 agujeros de raton= 9 mouse holes

Bolonchojool entrance
Bolonchojool Cenote entrance

Cenotes Cuzama entry fee

The entrance fee has a minimum of 400MXN for 1 to 4 people.

If you are 5 you would pay 100 MXN each.

5 is the maximum number of people (of average size) that a cart can hold.

Opening hours

Cuzama opens from 8 am to 5 pm every day.

About the tour in Cuzama

You will need to consider that the farthest cenote is at a 40-minute ride and then you will have maximum leisure time for each cenote of 30 minutes.

So I would consider 3 hours and 30 minutes to be on the safe side.

How to get to Cuzama

Visiting Cuzama’ by bus from Merida

There are “colectivos” (small vans that leave Merida every 20 minutes from Parque San Juan)

 Getting to Cuzama’ by taxi from Merida

That would be a little more expensive. It will cost about 1500 MXN. In this case, if the first two options are not suitable for you and you are flexible on the cenotes to visit you might want to consider joining an organized tour.

Join an organized tour to visit the cenotes in Cuzama’

Not all travelers are happy with going on their own to places and I get that.

I get it, sometimes it really feels like a job, especially if you don’t know the area very well.

Therefore I have researched companies where you can actually pre-book your tour if you are like me and want to plan ahead of time.

Click on the link to find the available tours to Cuzama from Merida  Please make sure you read in detail what it’s included or not.

If you are in Cancun or on the Riviera Maya it would be too far to get to Cuzama on a day trip. So I would recommend planning a 3 or 4 days Yucatan itinerary so that you can include some cenotes along the way.

Other cenotes located a 2-hour drive from Merida

Although it may be quite a trip to make in one day, I did it and it was all worth it. I am talking about the cenotes near Valladolid there are so many and really beautiful and completely worth the trip.

However, since there are so many things to do in Valladolid, I would suggest you plan around 3 or 4 days in the area to visit as much as you can.

Valladolid hotels are also very cute and charming and it’s really worth a stay.

If you visit Chichen-Itza, check out my guide to the top 5 cenotes near Chichen-Itza so that you can combine both visits. Or you can join a tour to the Mayan site from Merida which always includes a visit to a cenote. Here below I am sharing some of them.

What to pack for exploring the cenotes in Mexico

✔ Shorts and tank top (see below)

Hat (for the strong sun)

Beach towel

Swimsuits

Dry bag for your belonging

Snorkeling gear – I know that you can rent it or if you book a tour it’s included but it’s much better if you have your own.

waterproof pouch for your phone

GoPro Hero10 for amazing pictures

Mosquito Repellent (eco friendly)

Sunscreen (eco friendly)

Cenotes rules for a responsible tourism

As in every natural place, I always like to recommend following some commonsense rules in order to preserve the environment, which I am sure you know already, but a gentle reminder is never in excess.

🔴 don’t wear any sunscreen or repellent before bathing in the cenotes

🔴 don’t leave anything that doesn’t belong to the place

🔴 don’t hang on to stalactites or stalagmites or trees roots

🔴 don’t do anything that can damage the environment

🔴 don’t shout in the cenote. Remember it was a sacred place for the Mayan civilization but it’s still seen as a place of peace and tranquillity. Even if you don’t think so, at least respect the others’ silence.

✅ ask permission from the Aluxes before entering. They are the spiritual guardian of the place and they can get mischievous if they don’t feel respected.

✅ Enjoy!

Merida cenotes FAQ

Does Merida have cenotes?

The short answer is yes. Although in this post I mainly talked about the cenotes near Merida, there are a few cenotes in the city and many in private homes. A small cenote but not accessible is located in the Cosco parking lot in Merida. Imagine that!

Another very close one is on the way to Progreso, within the archeological site of Dzibichaltun, and it’s called Xlacah. Unfortunately, they are both close to the public as I am writing this, due to some conflict of interest between the government and the owners of the land. Hopefully, this will change soon.

How many cenotes are in Merida?

If you count only the one within the city perimeter there are about 5.

What is the most beautiful cenote in Yucatan?

This is hard to say with about 6000 cenotes around. I suggest you start visiting them and you’ll let me know which one is your favorite.

Merida cenotes Map (click on the image to open Google map)

Merida cenotes Map
Click on the image to open the map – Photo © Google Maps

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Read more on my guide on Renting a car in Mexico.

📱 Will my phone work in Mexico?

It will probably work, especially if you have a European or US phone, but your roaming rates may be to the stars (check with your SIM provider). Even if have an affordable international rate, you will be much better off by buying a Mexican SIM Card. It’s cheap, easy to set up, and it will keep you connected with your friends, family, and, more important, google Maps so you will never get lost!

🤕 Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now?

The short answer is, yes it is. However, there are parts of Mexico that are indeed troubled and you should avoid for now, and others that are super safe and easy to travel around.

Regardless of where you are you should always use some common sense rules such as, never flaunting expensive clothing, accessories, electronics, or money and keeping a low profile.

Read more on my detailed guide on safety in Mexico. If you are traveling to a specific destination I have got you covered as well:

💉 Do I need any vaccine to travel to Mexico?

No, there is no vaccine requirement (of any kind) to travel to Mexico

🇲🇽 Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

If you are coming from the US or Europe you don’t need a VISA to enter Mexico. Once you get in you need to fill out a form that you need to keep with you until you leave. If you don’t have it you will pay a fine.

Although the tourist visa for US and European travelers used to be 6 months long which you could easily renew by leaving the country for a couple of days and going back, nowadays they have been stricter. You may be asked how you would sustain your living and other similar questions. Sometimes they even ask you to show your credit cards.

It seems odd but they can do that. If you intend to stay longer than a usual couple of weeks’ vacation time, just be honest and explain your plans. If you are not from the US, check this site to see if you need a visa

💸 Where do I find the best travel deals for Mexico? 💸

A trip to Mexico can be expensive if you love to travel with all the comforts (like I do). There are a few tricks that will help you find the best deals. Here are my tips:

👉 DON’T travel in the high season, which is Holy week, Christmas and winter in general, and August.
👉 Book months in advance to find early booking discounts
👉 Use aggregators such as Discover Cars to find price comparisons and VRBO for vacation rentals!
👉 Look for packages flights+hotels on Expedia or Skyscanner as usually, that’s where the best deals are.
👉 Check on Booking.com or Hotels.com for hotel deals

Happy travels!!