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Cenote Samula

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Address: Valladolid 97780, Mexico
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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On the way back to Holbox, from Chichen Itza we stopped here for a swim. So cool, so weird. A hole, or a cave with a hole in the roof with sunlight coming trough.

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Fiskars, Finland
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Fiskars, Finland
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On the way back to Holbox, from Chichen Itza we stopped here for a swim. So cool, so weird. A hole, or a cave with a hole in the roof with sunlight coming trough.

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Cancun, Mexico
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the greatest time of my life, really enjoyed the cenote although I found out it had changed a bit (referring to the fact that about 5 years ago it had like roots hanging) but other than that, I loved it. The water was a bit cold but once inside you forget; there are little catfishes inside which gives... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cenote and the X'keken cenote are collectively called the dzitnup cenotes and they are a beautiful side trip while visiting either Chichen Itza or Ek' Balam. The cost for one cenote is 80 pesos and 160 for two. Pay for both of them. They are different. While X'keken is far more dramatic, Samula is a pleasant one to swim... More 

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Santa Fe, NM
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This was our first time to a subterranean cenote; we've been to some open ones. The water was naturally lit by an opening at the ground surface, creating a beautiful blue color. The water is cold, about 70 degrees, but bearable. It's very deep water, so rent a flotation jacket if you're a poor swimmer. There are showers but no... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit the cenote while on our way back to Cancun from Chichen Itza and it turned out to be the highlight of the day! The unique experience of swimming in a natural underground pool that has so much history was amazing! Only about 10 km from Valladolid and 40 km from Chichen Itza, this is not to... More 

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azle tx
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

There are 2 cenotes that you can access from one parking lot Samula and Xkeken (they are collectively known as Dzitnup on road signs. I liked that both were underground. Samula had a smaller entrance area for people getting in and out- which was a bit of a problem, because some people just came and sat and dipped their feet-... More 

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Medford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful cenotes at this little park. Very clean and cheap to get in. Hard to find the actual cenote but worth it. Some food and lockers if needed but since there were so few people we didn't need them. Literally we were the only ones there for a while. Totally worth going to and enjoying the cool waters after a... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We only had time for one cenote and decided to see cenote Samula (80mxn). We went there at around 3pm and took a refreshing swim in the almost empty cenote. It is not that exciting, some little fishes nibble on the feet and bigger ones swim pretty close - you can bring your mask etc. to see more, but at... More 

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

You have to visit the Cenote Samula. So impressive! Water is warm and it's so peaceful. Bring your GoPro!

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St. Peter, MN
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We swam in both cenotes at Xkeken, but this was our favorite. The iconic hole in the ceiling of the cavernous cenote allowed a beam of sunlight to sparkle on the water. It makes for amazing photos! The water is cool but not cold; it would be tempting to swim later in the day when it's hotter outside, but we... More 

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