Cenote Aldea Zama: Tulum’s Secret Free Cenote

Cenote Aldea Zama is a hidden gem in Tulum, unique for being the only free cenote accessible on foot from Tulum Centro. This small but beautiful cenote in the Aldea Zama neighborhood is a favorite among locals, offering a more authentic and family-friendly atmosphere away from the typical tourist spots.

Cenote Aldea Aama in Tulum

What Makes Cenote Aldea Zama Special?

  • Accessibility: It’s within walking distance from Tulum Centro, making it a convenient and cost-effective choice.
  • Local Charm: The cenote’s non-commercial nature means you’ll experience it just like the locals do.
  • Scenic Beauty: Despite its size, the cenote’s crystal-clear waters and natural surroundings are stunning.

Visiting Essentials: What to Know Before You Go

  • No Fixed Hours: Visit any time; weekdays are less crowded.
  • Respectful Visiting: As a local hangout, it’s important to be considerate and clean up after your visit.
  • Essentials to Bring: Swimsuits, snorkeling gear, bug spray, water shoes, and a camera are recommended for a fun and comfortable experience.

How to Find Cenote Aldea Zama

The cenote is a short 15-minute walk from El Centro, slightly off the path for those coming from the beach. It can be tricky to find without clear signage, but a simple Google Maps search and following paths near Kokoro Tulum and Baktun Aldea Zama should lead you there.

Google Maps Location: 📍 Cenote Aldea Zamá

Activities at Cenote Aldea Zama

  • Swimming and Snorkeling: A great spot for a refreshing swim and underwater exploration.
  • Cliff Jumping: Safe and approachable cliff-jumping opportunities from smaller boulders.

boulders for jumping into a cenote

FAQs: Everything You Need to Know

Is It Safe To Swim In Cenotes?

This cenote is ideal for both casual swimmers and snorkelers. While most cenotes, including Aldea Zama, are safe, some cenotes in the Tulum area including (Cenote Cristal, Calavera, and Casa Cenote) have been known to have contaminants. 

Pro Tip: I recommend doing some research ahead for safety

Swimming in a cenote

Is Cenote Aldea Zama Safe For Swimming For Non-Swimmers?

This cenote offers shallow areas, but caution is advised. Non-swimmers should stay in shallower parts for safety.

What Should I Bring To Cenote Aldea Zama?

There are no changing rooms available. Bring your essentials including: 

  • Swimsuit
  • Eco-friendly mosquito repellent & sunscreen (for after swimming)
  • Sandals or water shoes
  • Water bottle and snacks 
  • Optional: goggles or snorkeling gear

➡️ Check out this preparation guide for more information to help you on your cenote adventure. 

Swimming in a Cenote

Are There Signs For Cenote Aldea Zama?

No – there are no signs. Follow the Google Maps marker and look for paths near Kokoro Tulum restaurant and Baktun Aldea Zama apartment complex. Follow one of the paths to the jungle, and it will lead you to the cenote. 

Are There Any Restaurants Near Cenote Aldea Zama?

Yes – there are plenty of great food options around, however, there are no food options at the cenote site. I recommend having a good breakfast to start your day. 

➡️ Here are some of our favorite breakfast spots in Tulum. 


This cenote is quite small compared to other cenotes near Tulum, It can fit maybe 5 or 6 people comfortably swimming. 

Other Notable Cenotes NEAR Tulum

  • Cenote Car Wash: A natural retreat away from crowds featuring diverse wildlife.
  • Cenote Zacil-Ha: They have a restaurant, regular swimming pools, and even cabanas if you want to spend the night. Perfect for families!
  • Cenotes Dos Ojos: Renowned for snorkeling and diving, located 15 minutes from Tulum Centro.
  • Laguna Kaan Luum: A HUGE open-air cenote – you don’t want to miss this one!
  • VESICA Cenote Sanctuary: Offers more than just a beautiful swimming spot. It’s an experience where nature, dining, and wellness activities come together.
  • Casa Tortuga Cenotes: There are 4 stunning cenotes, each offering a distinct experience.
  • Gran Cenote: Known for its turtles and tropical birds, just outside Tulum town.

Cenote Aldea Zama stands out in Tulum for its free access and local atmosphere, offering visitors a chance to enjoy natural beauty without commercializing more popular cenotes.

➡️ For more information on cenotes and activities in Tulum, check out Aqua Apple’s guide Tulum.

Cenote Aldea Zama in Tulum

Feel free to drop your questions in the comment section below! And if you enjoyed your time at Cenote Aldea Zama, let me know!

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Cenote Aldea Zama

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