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“Awesome cenote!” 5 of 5 stars
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Cenote Zaci
Mexico
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Owner description: Underwater cavern filled with a beautiful blue pool.
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5 attraction reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Awesome cenote!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

I have been to 7 cenotes since I've been in Mexico and I have to say there is something special about this cenote. Maybe it was perfect water temperature or maybe it's something more. This cenote is as clean and fresh as any of the larger cenotes if not more so. There is a really high place that dove off of into the water, it was awesome!

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Valladolid, Mexico
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“Mi fuente de juventud - My fountain of youth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

For the past ten years I have been living in Valladolid 5 to 6 months a year. I have been swimming in the Cenote Zaci all those years, sometimes daily. It is a natural wonder that I call "mi fuente de juventud". Recently criticized in the press for the surface being "dirty" I became defensive. Being partially open to the sky the cenote has to be shared by many other plants and animals - including swallows, bats, pigeons, orioles, dragonflies, fish, butterflies, turtles, buds, leaves, seedpods from a variety of surrounding tropical trees. The last couple of years municipal employees have done a marvelous job cleaning the surface, often daily. Of course, it doesn't take long before the surface is viewed as "dirty" by some visitors. As I swim I often do a little "skimming" with my breaststroke. I have never had any skin ailments and, in fact, feel that the water quality is beneficial to my skin. It is time for the lovers of this natural wonder to band together, to request reliable water quality analysis, and to work toward the positive image that the Cenote Zaci deserves. Tom Jones (tomjoneslxvi@yahoo.com)

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“Spectacular cenote, well worth a stop. Combine it with a restaurant stop.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2010

We had read mixed reviews of this cenote in a few different books. One said it was just ok, another said it was worth the stop, another said it was too developed. We stopped there on 1.8.10, and went swimming first (15M per person), which was great! There are several spots to jump off the path down into the cenote, which is spectacularly blue and gorgeous. It looks like a tropical exhibit.

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Erin_leigh79
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“Beautiful and peaceful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

Went on a trip through Valladolid (which is a great, up and coming town). Didn't swim or snorkel this one based on the time we had. Was worth it just to pay to see it and walk around. It wasn't very sunny that day so snorkeling wouldn't have been great anway. Definately good to see if you are in the area. The service at the restaurant was good as well.

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“A novel swimming experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2009

This cenote is very pretty. It is half hidden in a cave, accessible by a ramp or by a stair. Enough of the cave roof has fallen in that the pool is brightly lit. (No fear, the rest is very solid.) Creeper roots and stalagtites hang from the roof.

The pool has sheer sides and immediately gets quite deep, but there are cables across the pool at water level for weak swimmers.

The entrance is located in Vallodalid on Calle 36 between Calle 37 and Calle 39. There is a small parking lot and a restaurant visible.

The ticketing stand is next to the parking lot with a small room to change into the swim suit.

We did not eat at the restaurant, but passed through it on the way out.

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