Cenote Maya Park, Valladolid

4.5
#4 of 7 in Parks in Valladolid
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 .
Create an itinerary including Cenote Maya Park
map
Cenote Maya Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
287 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • We loved loved loved this Park. If you're looking for an authentic experience that doesn't feel ruined by tourists visit. The blessing before entering the Cenote was particularly beautiful and it felt...  more »
  • Had a fantastic time with a very knowledgeable guid "Malu".. a personable young lady. The temple ruins of EkBalam were recently discovered and are in pristine condition. A breathtaking view awaits you...  more »
  • This is a beautiful cenote run by the local Mayan village. You get a special Mayan blessing to enter the cenote, can rapell down into the refreshing water, enjoy the 2 zip lines inside and more. The b...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A magical place. The cenote is really cool, the Mayan priest blessed us in a neat ceremony in the jungle and the buffet lunch was delish.
  • This place is breathtaking. Of course you get a lot more out of it if you book a trip to Ek Balam, which includes a rapell and swim in the Cenote Maya. Highly recommended.
  • This was definitely the highlight of my trip! Rappelling was amazing and the ziplines were so much fun!

Plan your trip to Valladolid

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Valladolid

Valladolid offers an impressive range of budget-friendly accommodations, with very reasonable prices for comfortable hotels that would be much more expensive in other Mexican destinations. Parque Francisco Canton, at the very heart of the city's central grid, contains small, affordable hotels within walking distance of the best Valladolid attractions. You can also look on the western fringes of town, where you'll find several places to stay near the meeting point of routes 180 and 79.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Valladolid by other users

7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Valladolid BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Yucatan BY A USER FROM MEXICO February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Quintana Roo, Valladolid & Chichen Itza BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 14 days in Yucatan Peninsula BY A USER FROM FRANCE March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Mexico & Chicago BY A USER FROM CANADA March, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Yucatan, Tulum & Playa del Carmen BY A USER FROM FRANCE March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Yucatan BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Yucatan Peninsula BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans