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“pleasant cenotes, not so pleasant surroundings”
Review of Cenote Samula

Cenote Samula
Ranked #6 of 46 things to do in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 29 March 2018

Cenotes Samula and Xkeken are both unique and worth paying both entrance fees for. Samula is the cenote with sunlight beaming in through the top of the cave amidst tree roots dangling into the water while Xkeken is known for its stalactite formations. While we preferred the Gran Cenote in Tulum, it was nice to take a cold swim after a long day in the heat. The water was pretty murky when we went though and we couldn’t see more than a few feet with the snorkeling gear that we had rented. You can probably save yourself some money by skipping the snorkeling gear.

Unfortunately, the area leading up to the cenotes is a somewhat dismal affair with an overbuilt marketplace with dozens of shuttered and abandoned shops, likely the result of an overzealous developer with failed ambitions of creating the Disneyland of cenotes. What shops were open were run down and occupied by bored looking shopkeepers.

The staff working in the areas leading up to the cenote deserve a mention for being pushy and rather abrasive, first when we arrived (“Where you from?”, the lingua franca of touts worldwide) to staff not-so-subtly asking for tips by pointing to their tip jar with a look in their eye that shot daggers. The owners must not be paying them much which is sad. Okay, we did meet 1-2 nice folks working there but they were the exception rather than the rule.

My advice: Buy your tickets, skip the guy trying to take your photo, say hello to the sad looking shopkeepers, and find the entrance to the cenotes as quickly as you can.

3  Thank polyglot23
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

I was at the Cenote Samula in March 2018 as one of 10 family members. At the cenote they have a platform to jump from into the water. My father (65 yrs old) decided to jump and forgot to remove his glasses. When he came to the surface his glasses were missing from his face. The water was cloudy and there was no way for us to find them. As we left, one of the employees who was manning the platform was told that we had lost the glasses. He asked where we thought my father landed in the water, and we tried to guess. The employee was able to free dive (fins and goggles only) about 10 meters down and retrieve the glasses. It saved the rest of our trip as my father can't see without them.

2  Thank Cory L
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Visited the cenote for the first time and we just loved it. The best was that half of the place was shallow so it is a good place to start if you are a bit afraid. We enjoyed the place with our daughters (4&6years) as they were useing their floaties. Cenote was a bit busy when we visited but it was not too crowded.

1  Thank RosenblattTours
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

On a private tour of the area we stopped here and had a great time. Everyone were very friendly, the water was cold, but fun to jump into. They have done a lovely job making it a travelers stop with nice little things locker rooms, restaurant, gift shop and lovely buildings with nice surroundings.

1  Thank Richard F
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Beauiful "double feature" of cenotes. One entrance, two cenotes. Both are quite different and extremely beautiful. Go early before the buses come in. Just buy the entrance tickets.. IMO skip the package deals with meals and tours. Enjoy the crystal clear water with little fish nibbling at your feet. A little out of the way if you are in Cancun, but thoroughly worth the trip!

1  Thank gpeila
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