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Xkeken Cenote

Address: Valladolid, Mexico
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Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
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Andover, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Like a cave, with a small hole in the ceiling that let in light. Well worth it, and very close to Valladolid on the "free road" to Merida.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We biked to Xkeken from Valladolid. We decided to only visit the one cenote and were not disappointed. The water was cool and clear with black catfish? and bats whirling and squeaking overhead. True a few your groups came through but they don't stay long. It wasn't overrun with tourists we found.

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Vail, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Tour buses and hoards of people aside, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed swimming in this cenote. It's very cool to be able to be floating under the one hole providing sunlight in the cave. There are ropes in the water to help those who aren't strong swimmers. The natural lighting was amazing and I can only imagine... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I would give this Cenote (and the neighbouring Cenote) mixed reviews. Whether you visit these Cenotes really depends on what you are looking for. These Cenotes are quite developed and commercialized and have become popular with the tour buses, hence the natural beauty and tranquility of the Cenotes have been somewhat hindered. Unless you go there early in the morning,... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We took a shared minibus at Calle 41 and 44, and paid 20 pesos per person. It took about 10 minutes. There are two cenotes side by side. It took about two minutes walking down. It was a safe walk. It was a basically underground pool. Nothing more and nothing less. Some people were swimming. We were not sure how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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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