Cenote Samula, Valladolid

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The pool of striking blue water at Cenote Samula lies deep beneath the ground, in a cave surrounded by high stone walls. Sunrays falling in from the top opening illuminate the cave and its waters, where you can escape the heat with a peaceful swim. Visit with a guided tour or come on your own (get here by bike or taxi). The admission price includes both cenotes found at the site. As the floor of the cave can be a bit slippery, wear proper footwear. No need for snorkeling equipment, though. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Cenote Samula by using our Valladolid trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Amazing spot! In my opinion the Cenote Samula is more beautiful and also a bit less crowded than its twin xkeken. We went there in the afternoon, almost evening and it was still an incredible view eve...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    I loved it, we were once we leave before going to Chichen Itza and Valladolid. It is an awesome place, I loved to swim and see through the water, is a quiet, special place. Little people is since it is near Xkeken and is less promoted. One arrives at the box office and ask you if one or both of them, we chose the two. However, Xkeken is which receives more attention for what is filled with people that there is no where to leave your things (where the lockers are filled) or, you go to swim and there are ropes to hold you while you bring life, but people are desperate and not be loose or not separates them, so you can not remain comfortable floating. I recommend muchisisissisimo Samula, won't regret it!
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  • August 13, 2017
    The entrance to the place gives the option of entering two cenotes. This has many stalactites and areas deeper, is more impressive but this slightly stale air. Beware when you go down, the rocks are a bit slippery.
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  • June 14, 2017
    The cenotes are beautiful, but there is a strange vibe around this place. The entrance fee is not cheap and when inside you will meet a lot of local guides and shop keepers trying to make a living but apparently struggling to. There are a couple of restaurants which overcharge everything with the food being OK at best. Overall it feels as a bit of tourist trap where the owners are charging a lot but not paying much (or not paying at all) the people working on the grounds. That's a pity because the cenotes there are true natural marvels and worth exploring.
  • February 11, 2017
    Awesome Cenotes. I recommend spend time on each one because has different qualities and views. The park has other kind of attractions like horse ride.
  • March 9, 2017
    The top attraction in the Valladolid area and worth visiting for the day from Cancun. There are actually two cenotes (sinkholes) here: Samula and X'quequen. Go to both of them. The tourist infrastructure seems overbuilt, but the cenotes themselves are in pristine condition. Happy swimming!
  • November 14, 2016
    We visited late on a Friday, after 5pm. Very quiet, both cenotes are worth a visit. There is a restaurant and small stores on site. There are stalls trying to sell local good and rent life jackets. We managed to get the little (tiny) fish to nibble our feet, you need to stay still fire a while for them to come over...
  • February 6, 2017
    We went to Samula first because it looked a little more sad but wow it was fantastic. Best Cenote that we went to while in Valladolid

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