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Cenote Samula, Valladolid

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Geologic Formation Water Body
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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  • We stopped here in the morning on the way to Chichen Itsa and were very disappointed after the great reviews we had read. It was dark and gloomy and the water was not clear and inviting as it had alga...  more »
  • We visited a few Cenote on our recent visit to Mexico and this gem was our favourite. Wow! It was stunning. It was open and very deep with a cascading waterfall. There's a high platform for jumping th...  more »
  • We were on a tour and stopped here, what a nice surprise! It definitely was the coolest Cenote (along with X’Keken) that we have seen. Definitely something not to miss if you are in the area.  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