One of the biggest issues with riding in Mexico in the spring/summer is the heat. It’s horrible, hot, humid and gross, to combat that we usually ride super early, road rides leave at 6 am, MTB tours usually have 7 am pick-ups.
We pick up the clients and head towards Puerto Morelos and the Ruta de los Cenotes. An area here with tons of cenotes and natural parks. Here in the peninsula we don’t have above ground rivers, there is a system of underground rivers which over time have created sinkholes that are now beautiful swimming holes for us. Today we’ll visit 3 cenotes during our ride on mostly double-track trails. We pack up our gear and head out for 4 km on the road and then into the jungle.
Once we jump into the jungle we hit a first bit of technical “single track,” the peninsula is as flat as can be but full of rocks and roots. So while we don’t have any actual climbs the rocks and roots will eat you up and slow you down.
After about 2 km of the technical stuff we head out onto a gravel road and bust out 5 k quickly. Our first stop in the tour is to Cenote la Noria.
Cenote la Noria is a rather unknown centoe and most days we have the cenote and park to ourselves. Today was no exception. Our first activity is to fly through the jungle on the zip-line system.
From there we take our first swim in a cenote, the water is a bit cold so the best way in is just to jump right in.
After a quick swim we head off to cenote number two, Kin-ha, it’s a quick 5 minute ride over there and the cenote is fairly similar in size and design but still an amazing sight to see.
After another great swim we head off to our final cenote, it’s a bit longer of a ride to get there, about 25 minutes. Once again the trail is mostly double track with rocks and roots littered everywhere to keep it interesting.
Blanca Flor is our third cenote, it’s an open cenote with zip-lines criss-crossing the cenote allowing you to fly over and drop down into the water.
The only good thing about the heat is that it allows you to dry off almost instantly once you get out of the water. The ride back to the vehicle is a bit easier, 3 km double track, 8 km gravel road and 4 more on the road to get back to the vehicle.
Overall it’s a great ride, not super technical or demanding but the views, the swims and the time on the bike is more than enjoyable and we always end the day with smiles on everyone’s face.
Route: 30.8 km
Doug Depies is a tour guide for Elite Cyclery Tours based in Cancun, Mexico. They offer road and off-road rides for riders of all levels visiting the Cancun/Playa del Carmen area.