Do you want to visit Eden Cenote in Playa del Carmen? You’ve come to the right place!
Cenote Eden is the very first cenote I visited after moving to Mexico and still remains as one of my favorite cenotes in Playa del Carmen.
Also known as the Garden of Eden Cenote (“Cenote Jardin del Eden” in Spanish), it offers a lush natural setting for adventurous travelers.
In this post, I’m sharing everything you need to know about Eden Cenote including how to get there, entrance fees, opening hours, and top tips for visiting.
What is a cenote?
A cenote (pronounced SAY-KNOW-TAY) is a freshwater swimming hole that is very common in the Yucatan peninsula.
There are literally hundreds of cenotes in Mexico of all shapes and sizes that can be found throughout the Yucatan region. And what’s amazing is that more and more are being discovered each year.
Cenotes are formed when limestone collapses to create a natural sinkhole, which can be open, closed, or underground.
Each cenote is different but you can typically swim, snorkel, or scuba dive to explore the underwater fish, plants, and rock formations. If you are feeling bold, many also offer places to jump or dive into the water.
Where is Cenote Eden?
It takes about 30 minutes driving from Playa del Carmen and it’s located just a few minutes past Puerto Aventuras.
If you’re staying at Barcelo Hotels, Eden Cenote Playa del Carmen is located right across the highway from the hotel entrance which makes it very accessible for hotel guests.
How to Get to Cenote Eden Playa del Carmen
If you have a rental car, it’s very easy to get to the Garden of Eden Cenote Mexico by driving south from Playa del Carmen on the main highway 307.
The cenote is located on the right side just past Puerto Aventuras and there are highway signs to direct you. Free parking is available once you arrive at the cenote.
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If you don’t have a car, the easiest way to get to Cenote Garden of Eden is to take a colectivo (shared van) from the main bus depot in Playa del Carmen at Avenida Juarez and Highway 307 (underneath the highway overpass).
Make sure you get on one that is headed towards Tulum. Cenote Eden is located just past Puerto Aventuras and you will have to tell the driver where you would like to get off. It takes about 30 minutes and the cost is around $40 pesos (~$2 USD).
For the return trip, you’ll have to cross to the other side of the highway and flag down a colectivo headed towards Playa del Carmen.
Eden Cenote Entrance Fee
The entrance fee for Eden Cenote is $200 pesos (~$10 USD) for adults. Make sure to bring cash as credit cards are not accepted.
When to visit Jardin del Eden Mexico
Eden Cenote is open every day except Saturdays from 9AM-5PM. Generally speaking, the best time to visit any cenote is during the week, as most locals have the day off on Sundays and it can get very crowded.
I would also recommend visiting Cenote Eden on a sunny day as the water can get VERY cold, especially if you’re visiting during the winter months.
What is Eden Cenote like?
Upon arriving to Eden Cenote, the secluded setting feels like you are stepping into a completely different world.
Lush green wildlife surrounds a deep swimming hole in the center filled with crystal clear dark turquoise water.
Even though it is several feet deep, the water is so clear you can see straight to the bottom.
Surrounding the cenote, you will not find tropical palm trees, but rather lush green ferns, moss-covered rocks, overgrown foliage, and age-old trees.
To the right, you will find elevated ledges where you can jump into the water (at your own risk!).
If you venture further towards the back of the main cenote, there are hidden rock formations where the only way to reach the other side is to swim under the water.
It’s a little terrifying as you have to take a deep breath and make your way through the narrow tunnel.
Upon surfacing, it feels like you’ve entered a secret hiding place or a naturally hidden room in such a beautiful setting.
Things to Do at Cenote Eden
Here are the top things to do at Cenote Eden:
At Cenote Eden Riviera Maya there are a few different ledges where you can jump into the water.
To the right side there is a large tree branch that extends out over the water, which is the highest jumping point.
I definitely had to work up the courage to jump from the tree branch but in the end it was such a rush! Check out my video below!
The water at Eden Cenote is so clear which makes it a great place to snorkel and view the many different varieties of fish and unique rock formations.
If you don’t have your own, snorkel equipment and life vests can be rented for a small fee.
Who needs to pay for a fish spa on 5th Avenue when you can get one for free at a cenote?
If you swim to the far side of the Cenote Eden there are shallow rocks where you can sit and see tons of little fish under the water.
Simply hold your feet still and let the tiny fish in the cenote begin to attack your feet. It’s an odd tickly feeling but great for exfoliation!
At 15 meters deep and connected to an underwater cave system, Cenote Eden is also a popular spot for scuba diving.
When visiting, you’ll likely see the dark figures and air bubbles of scuba divers lurking deep below.
What to Bring to Cenote Eden
Here are a few essential items I would recommend bringing to Eden Cenote:
- Beach towel: You’ll definitely want to bring a towel to dry off after you get out of the cenote. These microfiber beach towels are great as they are lightweight and dry quickly.
- Biodegradable sunscreen: Be sure to bring biodegradable sunscreen as regular sunscreen is prohibited.
- Water shoes: It’s a good idea to wear water shoes or bring a pair of inexpensive flip flops as the ground is very rocky outside the water. Use extra caution when walking on the rocks or the wooden stairs as they are extremely slippery.
- GoPro or waterproof camera: Be sure to bring a GoPro or waterproof camera to take some fun underwater pictures.
- Snacks and drinks: If you plan to stay there for most of the day, I would recommend bringing some snacks and drinks or packing a small picnic to enjoy around the cenote.
- Cash: Don’t forget cash for the Jardin del Eden Cenote entrance fee ($200 pesos).
Expect to spend a few hours in total exploring Cenote Eden Mexico. It’s a great alternative to your typical beach experience and definitely provides a more authentic way to discover the destination.
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