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“Awesome Cenote - to be explored at your leisure”

Cenote Jardin del Eden
Ranked #32 of 242 things to do in Yucatan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Beautiful, crystal-clear lagoon surrounded by lush rainforest and containing underwater caves: a great destination for snorkelers and scuba divers.
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Right in the middle of Cenote row sits this perfect swimming hole. Well worth the bit of a rough drive in and a steal at 60 pesos. The water was crystal clear, warmer than the ocean and mainly fresh water. Lots of undewater nooks and crannies to snorkel into and for fish to hide in. Lots of abovewater nooks and crannies to be part of the crowd or be alone with someone special. Ringed with a number of great palapas, this would be the perfect place on those hot days when you have to hide from the sun when not in the water. But it's hard not to want to be in the water here. Awesome diving cliff which attracts the kids in droves ( and us 'antiques ' too). It's also a great diving spot for accessing the underwater river system that interconnects all the nearby cenotes and finds it's way to the ocean. Unfortunately we could only spend a few hours here - someone had to catch a plane - but we will be back. I could easily see packing a lunch and killing most of the day here - very peaceful - very tranquil - very perfect.

video @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTTzxjmTpio

location @ googlemap of Quintana Roo @ www.yolotraveller.com

4  Thank yolotraveller
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

I spent a day visiting 3 different cenotes (Gran, Dos Ojos, Jardin del Eden or Ponderosa). The Gran and Dos Ojos are more enclosed and Ponderosa is an open type cenote. This place is good for swimming or snorkeling and I assume diving. There was a small dive party when I was there but I never saw them go in the water. When I went it was just me and my wife and that small dive party. I was surprised no other people where there. The water was warmer here than compared to the Gran or Dos Ojos. This is because this cenote is open and the water gets warmed by the sun. The water was still cool but not really cold. There were more fish in this cenote than compared to the other 2 I went to. This is a nice place if you want to swim or jump off the cliff into the water. I liked the snorkeling better at Dos Ojos and the Gran because they were more enclosed and I liked that better. The entrance to this place is well marked with a big sign. It is a little ways down a dirt road to get to the actual cenote. You need a rental car or a taxi to get down the road. It’s not a bad walk but I would rather have a ride to get there. It was shorter than the 4km like the road to get to Dos Ojos. I liked Dos Ojos the best of the 3 I visited because it has 2 centoes and I thought the scenery was better at dos ojos. If I could only pick one to go back to it would be Dos Ojos. If you just want to swim or jump off the cliff Ponderosa is fine. If you really want to see some cool stuff go to Dos Ojos. Both the Gran and Dos Ojos were 100 peso entry fee and Ponderosa was 60 pesos.

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Reviewed 3 March 2007

Ponderosa Cenote - also known as The Garden of Eden or Jardin de Eden. Easy to spot from the main road south of Playa del Carmen about 20 miles.

Got a tip from a tourista advisor in Playa del Carmen..... just ask for the Garden of Eden and the bus/cab driver will drop you at the entrance. Walk of 1/8 mile on dirt road to gate where a Mexican family lives. They charge 2 dollars PP to access. Another 1/2 mile to the cenote. Plumbed bathrooms but that is all. Covered area with picnic benches for divers to prepare equipment. Good access for snorkeling. Clearest water you have ever seen.

I watched four divers go down and tie off safety line. Their flashlights went on and they were gone into the caverns. Remarkable view as I was fifty feet above them.

You can dive off the overhang but do not try it from the tree. Dangerous.

Water is warm..... attendant was named Alex. He had four sets of snorkels/masks for $3 rent PP but no fins. We had a great time here.

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