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. Using our international travel planner, Valladolid attractions like Cenote Samula can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 2 cenotes are nice but very dark, with few fish. Unbearable D bogus guides you rave to support you but don't serve nothing. You pay the rental of the lifejacket for each of the 2 cenotes that are 200 m essay on the other. Nothing exceptional and a real feeling of scam to tourists...
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  • In one place, there are several different natural underground reservoirs. BUT! Very recommend getting there before 11-12 pm, otherwise there will be a bunch of people and will stand in queues. Great place for jumping and swimming. Were in March 2016.
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  • This was our first cenote in Mexico and the experience was great! We also visited the Xkeken cenote. Wonderful and magic! Not many tourists because it's October and the high season hasn't started yet  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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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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.
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