From above ground, Cenote Choo-Ha is not much to look at. There is a jungle hut, slightly reminiscent of a guerilla fighters hideout! Also, there are some basic changing rooms. But get below ground and wow!
Cenote Choo Ha is part of a group of 3 Cenotes: Tamcach-Ha, Multum-Ha and Choo-Ha. The other two have docks and diving platforms. But, without a doubt, Cenote Choo-Ha was my favourite. If you are pushed for time and are after a true cave experience, this is the one to do. At the main entrance, you can specify whether you want to do all the cenotes or just a specific one.
The entrance to Choo-Ha is only a few metres across and this Cenote gives you a real cave experience. The steps can be damp so be careful going up and down them. The stairs are well made and not at all rickety. It’s just with the humidity they can be a bit slick. And they are an impressive set of stairs, as can be seen below! As with other Cenotes we visited, you are required to shower before swimming. This is to wash off any insect repellent and sunscreen, that might damage the fragile ecosystem.
Cenote Choo-Ha Snorkelling
If you are looking for a quiet cenote, then this is it! While we were there we had it to ourselves for about 15 minutes before some people joined us. For a time it was just us and the echoing steady drip drip of water.
The most we saw down there was 8 people – such a change from Gran Cenote! Also, there are fish in it. I saw only catfish – not like the guppies and mollies of Car Wash Cenote. It really was a great ‘cave’ experience. To be sure, you really get that underground feeling with the roof arching over you. Lighting is provided by electric lights. Because it would just be too dark otherwise. And that would explain the dreadful quality of the video below!
But dodgy lighting aside, it does give you an impression of what a fab place Cenote Choo-Ha is.
The cost for Cenote Choo Ha is $100 Pesos at the time of writing. That’s about $4 USD per person. And, for what you get it is an absolute bargain. Be that as it may, I’ve heard reports of people paying more and less. Of course, it seems you are charged what they think they can get away with!
Sinkholes or, to give them their proper name, Cenotes, are numerous in this area of Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula. Indeed, they can just be holes in the ground, open to the air like little lakes and ponds. Also, they can have very small openings widening out to big cave areas underneath. And any mix, of course, of the two.
Usually, the waters are crystal clear! This is due to rainwater having been filtered through the limestone rock that makes up the Yucatan Peninsula.
There are over 6000 known Cenotes in Mexico, with more being discovered. For more on how and what Cenotes are, see here.
How to get there
Address: Chanchen 1, Cobá, Q.R., Mexico
Cenote Choo-Ha is near Coba, about 10 minutes away by car. Indeed, it’s a great way to cool off after visiting the Coba Ruins.
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