Wondering if you should visit the cenote Boca del Puma while you’re in Cancun or Puerto Morelos?
Well, recently, I went there with my girlfriend Alejandra, and I’m here to give you the inside scoop.
In short, Boca del Puma is an excellent choice for travelers seeking a more authentic and less commercialized cenote experience. It offers a mix of activities that cater to adrenaline junkies, families with children, and those looking for a half-day adventure.
Although it may not be the largest cenote (nor the most beautiful), its unique atmosphere and friendly staff make it worth visiting. Oh, and you’ll meet curious and mischievous monkeys!
Keep reading to get more information.
This article is part of our series on the best cenotes around Cancun.
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The Scenic Beauty of Boca del Puma
Boca del Puma’s surroundings are enchanting, with crystal clear water and lush jungle vegetation. The serene and calming atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for relaxation and enjoying nature. The closed cenote has a sacred and peaceful ambiance, while the open cenote provides a fun and refreshing environment with a mix of sun and shade.
The open cenote has a large pool of clear water surrounded by lush vegetation. I’ll be frank with you; it looks a bit like an artificial pool, but the setting is still beautiful. And you can swing above it. It was a blast!
The closed cenote is a cave with stalactites and stalagmites that create a mystical atmosphere. The transparent water allows visitors to see the beauty of the cenote’s depths when the natural light enters (around 11 AM). This cenote is relatively small and about 15m deep.
The decoration of the park is rustic and natural, blending with the jungle environment—various papalas made with wood and leaf. There is a massive head of a wooden jaguar above the ground.
|Location||Located on the Cenote Route, about 16 km from Puerto Morelos town|
|Activities||Zip-lining, ATV Riding, Cenote Swimming, Guided Tours|
|Price||Open cenote surrounded by lush vegetation closed cenote with stalactites and stalagmites|
|Scenic Beauty||Open cenote surrounded by lush vegetation, closed cenote with stalactites and stalagmites|
|Downsides||Short zip lines and ATVs, park maintenance could be improved|
|Tips||Wear comfortable and durable shoes, bring a drawstring bag, carry cash|
|Opening Hours||From 9 AM to 5 PM|
Unleash Your Inner Adventurer at Boca del Puma
Boca del Puma is more than just two cenotes – it’s an eco-adventure park that will satisfy your craving for adrenaline and excitement. From zip-lining to ATV riding and even diving into cenotes, there’s something for everyone at this thrilling destination. So, strap on your adventure gear and get ready to explore the heart of the Mayan jungle!
The park boasts several zip lines, with the longest stretching a whopping 700 meters. As you soar through the air, you’ll be flying among the sacred trees of the Chicozapote, truly immersing yourself in the Mayan jungle experience.
ATV Riding Adventure
Feel the wind in your hair as you embark on a 40-minute ATV ride through the jungle. Navigate muddy, rocky trails that will make your heart race and leave you wanting more.
Refreshing Cenote Swims
After working up a sweat, dive into the open and closed cenotes for a refreshing swim. One cenote offers a rope swing for fun! Knowledgeable and friendly guides will lead you on tours within the cenotes, sharing exciting information about their history and geography.
The All-Inclusive Package
For $80 per person, the agency offers a package with transportation included. This action-packed tour includes:
- 7 zip line adventures
- An ATV ride through the jungle
- A swim in the Boca del Puma Cenotes
- Round-trip transportation service
- Safety equipment for all activities
- Mexican snack
This package lasts for 3 hours (+2h transportation from Cancun in total)
Restrictions and Extra Costs
- The minimum age for all activities is 6 years old
- The maximum weight for the zip line is 120 kg
- Pregnant women and individuals with health problems cannot participate in the tour
- Cenotes are for swimming only, not snorkeling
- Locker rental costs USD 3
- ATV insurance costs USD 15
While Boca del Puma offers an exciting experience, there are a few potential downsides:
- Some of you may find the zip lines and ATVs to be too short and not challenging enough
- The park’s maintenance could be improved.
How to Get to Boca del Puma
When visiting Boca del Puma, the best time to catch the perfect lighting in the cave cenote is around 11 AM.
The “Classic” entrance for the 2 cenotes (about 20 USD) is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and always includes a local guide.
To get to Boca del Puma from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, you have three options:
- Book a tour that includes transportation, zip lines, ATVs, and a cenote swim. The tour begins when the staff picks you up at your hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and takes you to Boca del Puma Park.
- Take a bus or taxi to Puerto Morelos town, then hop on a colectivo (shared van) to Boca del Puma park. The colectivo runs along the Cenote Route every hour or so and costs about 35 pesos per person.
- Rent a car and drive to Boca del Puma Park. The park is located on the Cenote Route, about 16 km from Puerto Morelos town, and the drive takes approximately 20 minutes.
Tips to Improve Your Experience at Boca del Puma
To make the most of your visit to Boca del Puma, consider these insider tips:
- Sport comfortable and durable shoes that can withstand a little dirt.
- Bring a drawstring bag to carry your belongings.
- Carry cash for locker rentals and staff tips.
- Bring your snorkel gear to free dive in the cave cenote. I loved it. Only for experienced free divers.
- Pack a swimsuit and towel.
- Be cautious of the monkeys and follow staff warnings about keeping your belongings safe.
- Coordinate with your guide if you plan to take photos to ensure you receive them.
- Don’t use repellent or sunscreen before getting in the cenote.
Pair Boca del Puma Cenote with Another Activity!
If you find yourself with a rental car or taxi in town, why not make the most of your Boca del Puma Cenote adventure and visit other exciting spots nearby?
1# Discover the Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin
Just a short 18km drive from Boca del Puma, you’ll find the Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin, a sprawling 65-hectare botanical garden with 2 km of trails. This lush paradise is home to an array of plants, such as orchids, bromeliads, palms, ferns, cacti, succulents, and plants used in traditional Maya medicine. Keep an eye out for the garden’s wildlife, with coastal troops of spider monkeys, coatis, agoutis, iguanas, and birds calling this place home.
Located on Highway 307 km 320, about 1.3 km south of the Puerto Morelos turnoff, it’s open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (closed on weekends). The entrance fee is about USD 6 for adults and USD 3 for children.
Make sure to swing by on your way back from Boca del Puma, ideally around 3 PM.
2# Get Your Adrenaline Fix at Selvatica
- 10-cable zip line circuit + 1 cenote
- Adrenaline and fun in the Mexican jungle
Selvatica is the perfect destination for adrenaline junkies seeking an exhilarating experience. This adventure park, situated in the heart of the Mexican jungle, boasts many activities. The park has three sections: the Jungle, the Lagoon, and the River. Visitors can enjoy a thrilling 10-cable zip line circuit, the Tarzania jungle coaster, the Superflight aerial experience, the Sky Walk aerial-trek (featuring bridges and high rope adventure), the Giant Jungle bungee swing, and ATV and Polaris RZR buggies. While the cenote is a lot of fun, the water was not crystal clear when I went there. Selvatica offers various packages to cater to your needs, so explore your options!
3# Dive into Cenote Zapote Ecopark
Looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventure? Check out Cenote Zapote Ecopark! Just 30 minutes from Puerto Morelos, it has four incredible cenotes with jumping platforms and zip lines. Open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM. Bring your wallet – admission prices vary.
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