Cenote Maya Park, Valladolid

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Escape to Cenote Maya Park, a secret Mayan underworld of tranquillity, where you can dip into crisp water that was once used by the Mayans for both rituals and relaxation. Descend down vines that begin at the opening and lead 26 m (85 ft) below ground into the cenote, where you can swim in the company of black catfish. The body of water itself is about 40 m (130 ft) deep and 60 m (200 ft) in diameter. It can also be reached by taking a manmade staircase, which leads to a platform sitting in the middle of the water. Plan your visit to Cenote Maya Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Valladolid day trip planning site .
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  • we left chichen itza when it got too crowded (which was pretty early) and headed to cenote maya park. we were able to walk right up and purchase tickets to enter (no tour necessary if you have your ow...  more »
  • Staying on the peninsula of Yucatán you have the opportunity to visit numerous cenotes, majestic caves whose time is partly or completely collapsed and the presence of fresh water. The Native Maya Cenote Park is located near the city of Valladolid and is easily accessible by car or tour organized by Riviera Maya. Upon entering we got to attend a rite of purification conducted by a shaman. The cenote is one of the greatest, but you can't say it was natural: inside wooden stairs and walkways were built to facilitate access to tourists. Of course, before you enter you must take a shower (a towel and use a locker are included in the ticket price). Swim in its cool, clear waters was still relaxing; magical play of light; impressive long roots hanging from the ceiling. The more adventurous can also descend from above using special harnesses. It is not allowed to take photographs inside the cenote, but you can buy a cd of photos taken by staff during the visit. We then had lunch on site and the buffet meal was simple and good. All in all, it's well worth a stop and visit him.
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  • We visited Cenote Maya while on an excursion with allTOURnative experiences. Our guide was great and we learned a lot about the Mayan culture while visiting. My husband was able to do the repelling an...  more »
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  • The Cenote (meaning sinkhole) was a fun excursion. Apparently all privately owned by the remaining indigenous Mayan people, they are believed to be the entrance to the underground world. The Mayans thought them too dangerous for people to explore mainly for spiritual reasons. Now they grant access to the large caverns which are their underground water supplies, but you must first attend a brief blessing by a shaman to protect your spirit. Also you are made to shower off before descending into the Cenote. After all preparations are complete, you are welcome to walk down or repel into the cool waters below. There are zip lines and diving platforms to enhance the activities in the Cenote. Afterwards they offer authentic Mayan dishes prepared and served on site to visitors. Overall a very different and interesting activity. The only drawback may be the travel time if you are booked in a large group picking up from multiple resorts. I was told it was a two hour trip by van, which became four hours one way after making four additional stops for other tourists. I'm still happy I went, but I was misinformed by the booking company about the travel time involved. Its a full day but worth it. Just know what you're in for.
  • This has been the most refreshing experience in our trip... Beautiful water, amazing cave and a great cultural interaction.
  • An incredible experience and well worth it. First your given a cleansing and protection of spirits as the Cenote is said to be an underworld in the Mayan culture. A native Mayan priest/witch doctor did a ceremony to protect us from any negative spirits. Then by rope, you can drop about 100 feet into the Cenote. It was cold, but you get to soak in all the natural minerals the water and land has to offer. The Cenote also has zip lining, tubes, and piers to jump off of. Then an authentic Mexican buffet with beans, rice, mole, chicken and hand made tortillas. Friendly staff and an amazing experience to see the Mayan culture. Only draw back is your not really allowed to take pictures. They have people taking pictures for you, but the prices are high. 1 photo about $35 USD and to get all photos taken of you it was close to $90 USD.
  • We had an enjoyable couple of hours at Cenote Maya Park. The food was good and plentiful. Rappelling down into the cenote was one of the most memorable parts of our vacation. The water is a little cold, but it was a neat experience. I'm sure we will go again.
  • This was so much fun. The food was good and going into the cenote was amazing.
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