Cenote Saamal
Cenote Saamal
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  • sharonkawano
    Vancouver, Canada158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful cenote!
    One of the most beautiful cenotes in the Mayan Riviera!! 200 ft in diameter, 130 ft deep and surrounded by sheer cliffs. To reach the water you need to descend down 80+ steps, and once there, omggg it’s like an underground paradise. Sunlight filtering in from above illuminates the mini waterfalls, vegetation, and vines that hang from the opening like a curtain. The natural beauty of this place is so ethereal, it’s beyond breathtaking! 🙌🙌🙌
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 September 2023
  • bryanmantezoni
    Houston, Texas2,789 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely well care and inexpensive cenote with all you need
    This cenote is recommended since it is off the touristic path, yes sometimes during the day tourist buses come with many people so listen and avoid to be here between 9:30 and 11:30 and after 4:00 pm or you will find yourself among a lot of noisy people. Clean facilities, well groomed gardens, no pressure to buy, everyone speaks English, safe facilities with mandatory wear of vest, safe parking with security cameras and the best of all….. 400 Mexican pesos for entrance including unlimited cenote and great all you can eat buffet from 12-4. I’m a very experienced traveler and I highly recommend this cenote from all the other 200 around. You will not regret it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Belle-Noel
    Croydon, United Kingdom1,905 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully cool and refreshing
    We came here as part of a Chichen Itza Deluze tour. The water was cool and fresh after a very hot day and it was quite wonderful. There are some gift shops and also the opportunity to try tequila and purchase photos of swimming in the cenote.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 November 2023
  • BS4242
    Cologne, Germany591 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Beautiful open Cenote with a waterfall. The water was clear, it was a bit crowded when we arrived but was getting better as we got in the water since a big group was leaving. Lukily we have been on an individual tour, so our guide was able to adjust our schedule to avoid the crowds. The Shower, locker and changing room facilites are good and the hacienda itself is layed out very beautifully. After the refreshing bath, the lunch buffet on the hacienda was another highlight. The facitities are very nice, staff is attentive and the food was amazing. It was also not crowded there (we came approx. 11.30 am, so the buffet was still untouched). In particular we liked the soup. And, as usual in Mexico they will also serve delicious Nachos with dips to your table. You can also stroll through some shops, but we did not buy something there, it seemed quite overpriced. In total a great experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 December 2023
  • beccasar
    Owen Sound, Canada51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    A stop on our tour brought us to Cenote Saamal. This cenote has definitely been designed as a tourist attraction. It has all of the features you would expect (restaurant, giftshops etc.) The actual cenote is very impressive. Deep in the ground with nice blue water. There was an option to swim in the water but we chose just to wander around & take pictures. The surrounding areas were covered with gardens & streams. It was a nice break for an hour during a busy day.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Jeff L
    Appleton, Wisconsin448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A large and marvelous cenote with spectacular views from above and below
    Far better than I expected. It's so beautiful to see from the rim, but really amazing to get in the water and swim around. Flotation vests are provided and much attention to safety. Beautiful and enjoyable experience.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 January 2024
  • Catherine G
    Whitwick, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You won’t be disappointed (before 3pm)
    Having read mixed reviews of this cenote, I wasn’t sure we were making the right decision to choose this one to visit over others locally however we had a fantastic time and here is the definitive information as of February 2024 for an independent visit to Cenote Saamal (part of the Selva Maya complex). The entrance is just off the main road so you can be dropped off and picked up by Colectivo minibuses or cars (we paid 40 pesos from Chichen Itza and 25 back to Valladolid). Walk into the main entrance as directed by the staff and pay your 200 pesos which includes all changing facilities and (open) showers, lockers and a life jacket. There are souvenir shops , a bar and a restaurant and you can buy a package deal to include meals and drinks. Head to the changing room. Grab a locker key (lost key charge will be 300 pesos) Shower to wash off any sunscreen or insect repellant and then collect your life jacket. This means you can get down to the lower platforms even if you don’t want to swim. Photographers can get to a viewing platform without a life jacket. The sun disappeared from the water approximately 3pm so I’d advise arriving in time to enjoy the effect of the sun on the water, the increased visibility in the water and the effects created on the rocks and through the waterfall. We had a wonderful time in the water which is chilly on entry but pleasant enough to stay in for 20 minutes or more. Adventure seekers can jump in from a platform if they so wish!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • MommaDe070714
    Indian Land, South Carolina424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cenote - Questionable Photographer
    Beautiful cenote! See note at the bottom. We went as part of a tour through CARM to Chichen Itsa. We ate lunch first and then the cenote. Lunch was fine, nothing special if you are used to eating traditional Mexican fare, but there were many options here and staff was friendly. Locker rooms were clean and free lockers are available, another plus. We asked in advance, so we brought our own towels, which are not provided. The cenote is spectacular. We have been to a handful, and this one is the biggest, open cenote we've visited so far. Big note: I do not recommend purchasing pictures from the photographer!!!! Rip off! The fellow we had (he spoke 8 languages) must have taken 50+ pictures of our big group. We got one free print and for 600 pesos he said he would send all the rest that day. What we got were the first 10, maybe, and that was it. Of the group of 9 almost all the pictures were of three people. We know he took a lot more because he had us pose for many of them, along the far wall, under the waterfall, jumping, etc. Glad I brought my phone for family shots.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2024
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MommaDe070714
Indian Land, SC424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful cenote! See note at the bottom. We went as part of a tour through CARM to Chichen Itsa. We ate lunch first and then the cenote. Lunch was fine, nothing special if you are used to eating traditional Mexican fare, but there were many options here and staff was friendly. Locker rooms were clean and free lockers are available, another plus. We asked in advance, so we brought our own towels, which are not provided. The cenote is spectacular. We have been to a handful, and this one is the biggest, open cenote we've visited so far. Big note: I do not recommend purchasing pictures from the photographer!!!! Rip off! The fellow we had (he spoke 8 languages) must have taken 50+ pictures of our big group. We got one free print and for 600 pesos he said he would send all the rest that day. What we got were the first 10, maybe, and that was it. Of the group of 9 almost all the pictures were of three people. We know he took a lot more because he had us pose for many of them, along the far wall, under the waterfall, jumping, etc. Glad I brought my phone for family shots.
Written 9 April 2024
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Catherine G
Whitwick, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Having read mixed reviews of this cenote, I wasn’t sure we were making the right decision to choose this one to visit over others locally however we had a fantastic time and here is the definitive information as of February 2024 for an independent visit to Cenote Saamal (part of the Selva Maya complex).
The entrance is just off the main road so you can be dropped off and picked up by Colectivo minibuses or cars (we paid 40 pesos from Chichen Itza and 25 back to Valladolid).
Walk into the main entrance as directed by the staff and pay your 200 pesos which includes all changing facilities and (open) showers, lockers and a life jacket. There are souvenir shops , a bar and a restaurant and you can buy a package deal to include meals and drinks.
Head to the changing room. Grab a locker key (lost key charge will be 300 pesos) Shower to wash off any sunscreen or insect repellant and then collect your life jacket. This means you can get down to the lower platforms even if you don’t want to swim.
Photographers can get to a viewing platform without a life jacket.
The sun disappeared from the water approximately 3pm so I’d advise arriving in time to enjoy the effect of the sun on the water, the increased visibility in the water and the effects created on the rocks and through the waterfall.
We had a wonderful time in the water which is chilly on entry but pleasant enough to stay in for 20 minutes or more.
Adventure seekers can jump in from a platform if they so wish!
Written 19 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeff L
Appleton, WI448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Far better than I expected. It's so beautiful to see from the rim, but really amazing to get in the water and swim around. Flotation vests are provided and much attention to safety. Beautiful and enjoyable experience.
Written 31 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

beccasar
Owen Sound, Canada51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A stop on our tour brought us to Cenote Saamal. This cenote has definitely been designed as a tourist attraction. It has all of the features you would expect (restaurant, giftshops etc.) The actual cenote is very impressive. Deep in the ground with nice blue water. There was an option to swim in the water but we chose just to wander around & take pictures. The surrounding areas were covered with gardens & streams. It was a nice break for an hour during a busy day.
Written 15 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BS4242
Cologne, Germany591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautiful open Cenote with a waterfall. The water was clear, it was a bit crowded when we arrived but was getting better as we got in the water since a big group was leaving. Lukily we have been on an individual tour, so our guide was able to adjust our schedule to avoid the crowds. The Shower, locker and changing room facilites are good and the hacienda itself is layed out very beautifully. After the refreshing bath, the lunch buffet on the hacienda was another highlight. The facitities are very nice, staff is attentive and the food was amazing. It was also not crowded there (we came approx. 11.30 am, so the buffet was still untouched). In particular we liked the soup. And, as usual in Mexico they will also serve delicious Nachos with dips to your table. You can also stroll through some shops, but we did not buy something there, it seemed quite overpriced. In total a great experience.
Written 8 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Belle-Noel
Croydon, UK1,905 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We came here as part of a Chichen Itza Deluze tour.

The water was cool and fresh after a very hot day and it was quite wonderful.

There are some gift shops and also the opportunity to try tequila and purchase photos of swimming in the cenote.
Written 18 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sunil K
London, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
OMG, What an amazing place to visit, the Cenote was out of this world, the water felt amazing and to be honest we didn't want to leave. If you do anything in Mexico's its visit a Cenote.
Written 30 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Roger S
Porto, Portugal14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The views where amazing and the water fresh and very clean. The buffet at Selva Maya was very good too.
Written 20 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

bryanmantezoni
Houston, TX2,789 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This cenote is recommended since it is off the touristic path, yes sometimes during the day tourist buses come with many people so listen and avoid to be here between 9:30 and 11:30 and after 4:00 pm or you will find yourself among a lot of noisy people.
Clean facilities, well groomed gardens, no pressure to buy, everyone speaks English, safe facilities with mandatory wear of vest, safe parking with security cameras and the best of all….. 400 Mexican pesos for entrance including unlimited cenote and great all you can eat buffet from 12-4. I’m a very experienced traveler and I highly recommend this cenote from all the other 200 around. You will not regret it.
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

sharonkawano
Vancouver, Canada158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
One of the most beautiful cenotes in the Mayan Riviera!! 200 ft in diameter, 130 ft deep and surrounded by sheer cliffs. To reach the water you need to descend down 80+ steps, and once there, omggg it’s like an underground paradise. Sunlight filtering in from above illuminates the mini waterfalls, vegetation, and vines that hang from the opening like a curtain. The natural beauty of this place is so ethereal, it’s beyond breathtaking! 🙌🙌🙌
Written 19 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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