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Cenote Samula near Chichen Itza, cenote in Valladolid

Cenote Samula is a beautiful underground cavern that surprises for its beauty surrounded by stalactites and for the spaciousness of the place. Its turquoise blue crystalline waters are illuminated by a hole in the upper part of the cavern. You can admire how the roots of the surrounding trees hang down magically touching the water. Thanks to the fact that there are both lower parts, it is possible to swim.

It is located in the rural property marked with the number 2232 in the community of Dzitnup, municipality of Valladolid. It is reached by the Mérida-Valladolid highway, 3 km. before reaching Valladolid, turn off to the community of Dzitnup, arriving at the soccer field, to the left is the Samulá cenote and to the right is the X'Kekén cenote.

When you enter the cenote you will have to go down some stairs made of stone. As you enter you will find a first level that allows you to see from the top the spectacular beauty of the place. In the second level you can admire it from another angle and finally you will descend to discover a small platform where from there you can swim, snorkel or if you want you can dive into its deepest part.

How to get to Cenote Samula.

Chichén Itzá to Cenote Samula.

You can drive to Cenote Samula or get there as part of a private tour to Chichen Itza. Driving time is around 40 minutes to Cenote Samula in Valladolid, a cenote near Chichén Itzá.

Cancun to Cenote Samula.

The easiest way to get to Cenote Samula from Cancun is by car. You can rent a car or book a private tour that drive you there. The private tour includes the 2 hour drive to the cenote, the drive to Chichen Itza, and any stop you want to add. The whole tour lasts 10 hours. This is an ideal option especially if you travel with a group.

Tulum to Cenote Samula.

Driving time to Cenote Samula from Downtown Tulum is 1.5 hours. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Playa del Carmen to Cenote Samula.

Driving time to Cenote Samula from Playa del Carmen is 2 hours. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Cenote Samula admission Fee.

Admission fee to Cenote Samula is $80 MXN. For $125 MXN you can have access to Cenote Samula and Cenote Xkeken.

Cenote Samula Opening hours.

Cenote Samula is open from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

Inclusions and recommendations for Cenote Samula

  • Available parking lot.

  • Rent of lifejackets and snorkeling gear is available at the site.

  • The use of any sunblock is forbidden when getting into the cenote. Remember to rinse off any lotion you may have on before swimming in the cenote.

FAQs about Cenotes

  1. What’s a “cenote”?

    Cenotes are underground caves that contain deep waters, created where a cave ceiling has collapsed. Cenotes were the Mayan civilization's only source of water in the jungle and are considered sacred by the Mayan people. The Mayans perceived these natural pools as an entrance to their "underworld" or "Xibalba" where their gods still exist and their spirits live after death.

  2. Can you swim in a cenote?

    In most of them yes! You’re always welcome to swim in a cenote, but some may be restricted to the public due safety measures. You may also encounter cenotes like the Sacred Cenote in Chichén Itzá, that hold a very special value for the culture and are not open for swimming.

  3. How deep are cenotes?

    Some cenotes in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan can go as deep as 10 to 40 meters (32 to 131 ft).

  4. How many cenotes are in Yucatan?

    There are around 7,000 cenotes in Yucatan, and only 142 are available to visit, which means that 98% of the Yucatan cenotes are still unexplored.

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