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Cenote Samula, Valladolid
(4.4/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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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  • is a grotto huge, with a crack in its ceiling by where enters light natural, that you gives a look spectacular, scenographic! You don't have to hire tour, there are local guides who explain, tip at will. The sweet, crystal water, something cold to enter. Tiny fish which make you feet, according to the local guide spa, eat dead skin from the feet, it is a fun tingly feeling. Beautiful to see, photograph, and bathing.
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  • Fresh, clean place with a freshwater cenote, deep large diameter in where previous washing in shower in swimwear and respective float can access the bathroom. Cute place that refreshes body and soul rests. There are good handrails, floor with rubbers that do not allow to slip.
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  • After the ruins and archaeological site of xixen izta is a place to visit and refresh in a cenote that entering a refreshing microclimate is raised if you don't want to dip, or immerse. It is a safe place since you enter by policy always vest with life. The beautiful scenery and voucher worth dive and swim in these waters. Very nice experience.
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  • 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...
  • The cenotes are beautiful! We spent time in each of them and they both have different qualities that make each one great. The only down side is that it's a total tourist trap and they have designed the path to each cenote so that you have to pass through halls of people trying to sell you trinkets and souvenirs.
  • Would skip xkeken and go for the other cenote here. Xkeken is dark and full of bats. Not my idea of a safe swim.
  • This place was so peculiar. We literally had a guide we couldn't get rid of. The people who sell goods here (we were told) only make a small commission and that's why their sales approach is so obnoxious ... cause they need $ to survive, of course. It's a crappy deal from what we hear. The buffet is mediocre and the quality of food is questionable. The cenotes are nice so that's the only plus I think. Otherwise, its just a strange place. So many locals just begging for money there and begging you to buy things ... even the tour guide (why couldn't we just walk by ourselves ) wanted more money too. It seems like a tourist trap that profits the company that owns the grounds and doesn't compensate their employees.
  • Really cool close cenotes for a refreshing swim! Specially cenote xkeken with all the bats flying around!