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X'Canche Cenote

Near Mayan ruins of Ek Balam, Mexico
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Ranked #46 of 97 Attractions in Yucatan
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Tours, Outdoors
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Tours, Outdoors
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Merida, Mexico
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This deep cenote is associated with the Ek Balam site but is operated by the village. You can rent a bike for the 2 km ride to the denote or let a guide do the pedaling and enjoy the ride. The cenote is open and deep. Access is down a lengthy set of sturdy stairs with handrails. The water is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Fabulous large cenote with a picturesque jungle setting, tree roots and vines hang down into the cenote. There is a rope strung across the middle in case you need a rest, and steps and decking built around. We paid a bicycle taxi to take us the 2 km or so from the car park. I felt sorry for him, it... More 

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Wiltshire UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Visited just before Ek Balam (had to go here first as we arrived in the afternoon and found that it closed even earlier than the ruins themselves). Rented very rickety bikes (not as good as Coba) and cycled to the cenote. Quite an open one with several opportunities to jump in, or swing out on a rope and drop in.... More 

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We visited after our visit to Ek-Balam. We opted for the trike ride, which was a ton of fun. If you have young kids, definitely spring for the ride. I think it's about 1.5 kilometers in. The cenote was beautiful and only a couple of other people visiting when we were there. The rope swing was a big hit with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

my husband and I visited the Cenote after exploring the Ek Balam ruins and it was well worth the admission price (with a tricycle taxi round trip for a few more pesos). It's a very long walk, i recommend getting the trike or a bike! but the Cenote was very beautiful and not crowded unlike Xchechen or Ikkil. at one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We were staying in Valladolid and visited the Ek balam temple in the late afternoon with the intention of finishing our visit with this cenote but it was too late, closed (entrance for both the temple and cenote is at same place, only the price is different depending on what you visit). So we went back the following morning with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

My daughter and I visited this Cenote X'Canche as part of an overnight bike trip from Valladolid to the Ek Balam ruins. We could have easily spent an entire day here. It is a beautiful cenote with lots to do: mountain biking, rope swings, rappelling and kayaks. It's one of a number of ecotourism projects in the Yucatan run by... More 

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