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Xkeken Cenote

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Address: Valladolid, Mexico

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Breathtaking and Relaxing

I followed the advice of many a guide and got there at the opening time (830am and not as I had been told 8am) and had the entire place to myself. The colour of the water with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I followed the advice of many a guide and got there at the opening time (830am and not as I had been told 8am) and had the entire place to myself. The colour of the water with the light shining through is gorgeous, especially with the stalactites hovering over it. I say I had the place to myself but the... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a beautiful cenote without a doubt, but it feels like kind of a rip-off having to pay to swim in what has essentially been turned into a public pool, where visitors are funneled through a series of craft fair booths to access... and what's with the vendors not taking a polite no for an answer? Just because we're... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The cave has a wonderful underground lake. There is a hole in the roof through which light enters and hits the water, which is with a gorgeous shade of blue. There are stalactites coming down from the ceiling, including one that has the shape of a mushroom. Delicious bath on a hot day. 65 pesos, cheaper than other cenotes

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I rented a bike for 15 pesos per hour from my Candelaria hostel and rode for about 25 minutes to get to it. Once there you pay 65 pesos to get in and jump right in the water once you walk down a tight staircase. There are fishes, a couple of mosquitos and lots of bats at the top (they... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This was part of a stop on a tour with Jerry Ham to Chichen Itza. Very refreshing, intriguing and mysterious. I would highly recommend this natural wonder.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I was here 10 years ago, it was not very well visited then. It was bittersweet to see that so many people had discovered it. Nice for the locals to have the traffic and income I'm sure. There is a oddly large marketplace built in front of the entrance so that you have to walk by hawkers' stalls. Slightly lame,... More 

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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Cenote in a cavern , very beautiful , only a little hole in the roof , very impressive stalagmites .

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

After we rode on our bikes the back way, via calle 54 and the town rubbish dump, to the cenote, we negotiated the twisting path through all the vendors to the top of the steps down to the water. (We found on the way out that you could go directly to the parking unhindered! ). The steps down were steep... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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 via mobile

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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Address: Address: Valladolid, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Valladolid

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