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Xkeken Cenote

Address: Valladolid, Mexico
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Water was beautiful and the area was very peaceful. Ww were able to swim without a guide which was lovely.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Dark, dank, damp. Very little natural light. A lot of artificial light. Electrical wires running everywhere. A lot of people. The smell wasn't very nice. I've been to a lot of cenotes, this was probably a least favorite. It's worth seeing because the tiny hole at the top and the cavern structure, with the bats flying about, gives it a... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Nice place to take a dip- water is not as cold as some other cenotes. A little bit commercial in that there is a hallway of vendors you pass but not a big hassle. You can rent a mask and snorkle and life preserver. Bring your own towel. Plenty of room to change.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Our first cenote; fun to walk down into cave. Lit by small hole in roof, roots dangle above water. No need for life jackets or snorkel gear. Had a yummy quick snack at the entrance.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Setulam cenote is really beautiful -- probably not the best for older travelers (long, steep staircase). Don't bother with Xkeken, crowded, bats, catfish, kind of gross.

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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This a cenote very well known by locals and getting more tourist daily. It costs 59 pesos and it is in a cave. It is better to visit it around midday till 2pm to see the ray of light that comes through the hole in the ceiling. Beautiful. Also, in front of it there is another cenote called Setumal, it... More 

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Gorey, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We came early & had this to ourselves. Really amazing. Bats are chattering overhead and they fly around occasionally. The water is very clear and lots of catfish swim around. Sunlight streams through a big hole in the roof. Tree roots make for a wonderful effect. The water is really clear and not cold. Really magical effect. Cost of 59... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Swim in deep clear water, bats overhead and fish all around you. We had it to ourselves for much of the time which made it extra special.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Really loved this experience. There are people to rent life jackets and snorkles from if you want. Guy in carpark will mind your car for a tip (it was safe anyway). A guide book says that there are not changing facilities, this incorrect there were toilets to change. Staff were very nice. Lots of small businesses wanting to rent equipment,... More 

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Davis, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I had never heard of cenotes before, so when we saw them all over the Yucatan peninsula we figured we must see what it's all about. Based on the area we were in (near Chichen Itza) and Tripadvisor, we decided on Xkeken as the one we would try. We were not disappointed. As soon as you being walking down into... More 

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