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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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  • We visited this cenote, which has another cenote right next door. These are unlike the denotes I have visited near Tulum where you arrive with snorkeling gear. These cenotes are more for just cooling ...  more »
  • All locals have their favorite cenote. These were recommended to me by the hotel owner at hotel hacienda Margot in Valladolid. At the entrance you can buy tickets for both cenotes. Be careful when goi...  more »
  • We went to both cenotes in the park and I liked this better because of fewer crowds. Both are nice but this has a quieter vibe to it. 
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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!