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“Cenotes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cenotes

Cuzama, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Cuzama
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

This was a great experience -- unlike any other you'll be able to find!

The other reviews have already stated the basics and raved about the cenotes, so I'll just touch on a few potentially helpful details:

- I didn't observe any mistreatment of horses.
- Make sure that you drive past the first set of people with red flags trying to wave you into a large parking lot that has some vendors around it. This is a trap. Keep driving -- in the direction of the people waving you straight with green flags. You will know it's time to stop when you see the actual horses and truks, and the rails. There is a small area for parking.
- The price is 250 pesos PER CART (not per person). Nobody tried to hassle us about this at all. My guess is that if you park in the fake out parking lot they might try to take 250 per person. At the actual cenote they were very clear about 250 per cart (we had 2 people, so it was 250 for 2...the carts seem to hold up to 6!). Also remember to tip your driver though. We tipped 100 pesos -- I'm not sure what's expected. You pay and tip your driver at the end of the trip.
- The whole trip takes maybe 2 hours, though it depends how long you spend at each cenote... it could be a longer trip if you spend the full 30 allotted minutes at each cenote.
- There are bathrooms only at the first cenote (there are also people selling fruit and drinks there).
- You can leave your stuff along with everyone else's at the entrances to both cenotes. There didn't seem to be much risk of things being taken, yet still better not to flaunt your valuables (we did have a camera -- there were no problems).
- The cenotes range from easy to hard as far as entering. The last one has a ladder you need to climb down a dark hole -- a bit scary!

Visited March 2013
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“Wonderful, relaxing and unknow tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

When visiting Merida you hear about a lot of places, ruins, historical places and even some other cenotes (some of them has light and sound shows) however, what makes Cuzama different is the feeling of being in touch with something pure, the landscape, the area, even the water. You travel through 3 different Cenotes in a small train-like car, going away from roads, cars to reach each one of them. Everyone has is particularity, one of them is fill will light, another with wonderful colors and the most impressive one has the vibe of being secluded, only listening to the sound of the water softly hitting the rocks and water dropping from the ceiling, with no external noise whatsoever. It´s very recommendable to go early so you avoid the crowds, because even though it´s not very popular, the experience of being alone in one of them is impressive.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Perfect day excursion from merida”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Took a bus from 2nd bus terminal who dropped us in front of a rickshaw like taxi made out of a moped... The taxi then dropped us in front of the entrance which charges you for a train cart pulled by donkeys... and they stop at each one of the 3 cenotes...

My cousin didnt swim, but it was perfect. The water is clear and warm, and the view of the hole above is awesome...

To go back you can catch a collectivo back to merida town from the main street where the taxi guy picked us up. You could do all this in 5 hours, so dont bother reserving a tour, and do it yourself. I advise you bring chocolates, toys or things to hand out as is the case everywhere in mexico.

Visited December 2012
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“Cuzama Cenotes - A Must Do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

My daughter and I drove to the cenotes with very little trouble. Make sure you don't park at the first place but continue on to the town. There were places to get snax and drinks at each cenote. This was a great adventure. Horse drawn trucks barrelling down a railroad to three cenotes. All are wonderful but the last is quite the experience. Be brave!! Make sure you leave enough time. We got there at 1pm and returned to the car at 5:30ish. Any later and you would not be able to do the last cenote. It was an awesome experience. It was 250 pesos each.

Visited January 2013
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Monterrey, Mexico
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“Swimming in these waterholes will be probably some of the most beautiful encounters with nature throughout your whole life.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

These places are pure magic, Mother Nature at its finest, don't hesitate and visit Cuzamá if you are somewhere near Mérida

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