Cenote Saamal
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  • sharonkawano
    Vancouver, Canada26 contributions
    The most beautiful cenote!
    One of the most beautiful cenotes in the Mayan Riviera!! 200 ft in diameter, 130 ft deep and surrounded by sheer cliffs. To reach the water you need to descend down 80+ steps, and once there, omggg it’s like an underground paradise. Sunlight filtering in from above illuminates the mini waterfalls, vegetation, and vines that hang from the opening like a curtain. The natural beauty of this place is so ethereal, it’s beyond breathtaking! 🙌🙌🙌
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • bryanmantezoni
    Houston, Texas2,861 contributions
    Extremely well care and inexpensive cenote with all you need
    This cenote is recommended since it is off the touristic path, yes sometimes during the day tourist buses come with many people so listen and avoid to be here between 9:30 and 11:30 and after 4:00 pm or you will find yourself among a lot of noisy people. Clean facilities, well groomed gardens, no pressure to buy, everyone speaks English, safe facilities with mandatory wear of vest, safe parking with security cameras and the best of all….. 400 Mexican pesos for entrance including unlimited cenote and great all you can eat buffet from 12-4. I’m a very experienced traveler and I highly recommend this cenote from all the other 200 around. You will not regret it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Belle-Noel
    Croydon, United Kingdom1,747 contributions
    Wonderfully cool and refreshing
    We came here as part of a Chichen Itza Deluze tour. The water was cool and fresh after a very hot day and it was quite wonderful. There are some gift shops and also the opportunity to try tequila and purchase photos of swimming in the cenote.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 18, 2023
  • BS4242
    Cologne, Germany561 contributions
    Great experience
    Beautiful open Cenote with a waterfall. The water was clear, it was a bit crowded when we arrived but was getting better as we got in the water since a big group was leaving. Lukily we have been on an individual tour, so our guide was able to adjust our schedule to avoid the crowds. The Shower, locker and changing room facilites are good and the hacienda itself is layed out very beautifully. After the refreshing bath, the lunch buffet on the hacienda was another highlight. The facitities are very nice, staff is attentive and the food was amazing. It was also not crowded there (we came approx. 11.30 am, so the buffet was still untouched). In particular we liked the soup. And, as usual in Mexico they will also serve delicious Nachos with dips to your table. You can also stroll through some shops, but we did not buy something there, it seemed quite overpriced. In total a great experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • beccasar
    Owen Sound, Canada51 contributions
    Beautiful place
    A stop on our tour brought us to Cenote Saamal. This cenote has definitely been designed as a tourist attraction. It has all of the features you would expect (restaurant, giftshops etc.) The actual cenote is very impressive. Deep in the ground with nice blue water. There was an option to swim in the water but we chose just to wander around & take pictures. The surrounding areas were covered with gardens & streams. It was a nice break for an hour during a busy day.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Jeff L
    Appleton, Wisconsin387 contributions
    A large and marvelous cenote with spectacular views from above and below
    Far better than I expected. It's so beautiful to see from the rim, but really amazing to get in the water and swim around. Flotation vests are provided and much attention to safety. Beautiful and enjoyable experience.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 31, 2024
  • Catherine G
    Whitwick, United Kingdom7 contributions
    You won’t be disappointed (before 3pm)
    Having read mixed reviews of this cenote, I wasn’t sure we were making the right decision to choose this one to visit over others locally however we had a fantastic time and here is the definitive information as of February 2024 for an independent visit to Cenote Saamal (part of the Selva Maya complex). The entrance is just off the main road so you can be dropped off and picked up by Colectivo minibuses or cars (we paid 40 pesos from Chichen Itza and 25 back to Valladolid). Walk into the main entrance as directed by the staff and pay your 200 pesos which includes all changing facilities and (open) showers, lockers and a life jacket. There are souvenir shops , a bar and a restaurant and you can buy a package deal to include meals and drinks. Head to the changing room. Grab a locker key (lost key charge will be 300 pesos) Shower to wash off any sunscreen or insect repellant and then collect your life jacket. This means you can get down to the lower platforms even if you don’t want to swim. Photographers can get to a viewing platform without a life jacket. The sun disappeared from the water approximately 3pm so I’d advise arriving in time to enjoy the effect of the sun on the water, the increased visibility in the water and the effects created on the rocks and through the waterfall. We had a wonderful time in the water which is chilly on entry but pleasant enough to stay in for 20 minutes or more. Adventure seekers can jump in from a platform if they so wish!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
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Jennifer B
California29 contributions
Oct 2021
This cenote is pretty, but when we visited it was PACKED with tourist buses and people. Nobody wore masks and there were tons of people crammed in tightly going up and down the stairs. Looking at other reviews, it’s probably a nice visit when it isn’t crowded, but I would avoid it if possible in the late afternoon when the tourist buses stop there. We visited Gran Cenote near Tulum earlier in the week and liked that one much better.
Written October 11, 2021
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Thuymin
4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
The cenote was beautiful! Life jackets are required, so there is an additional cost for that. The swimming experience was very nice and not too crowded.
BEWARE OF THE TEQUILA SHOP. They gave you real samples to try during the tasting, but we bought some too take home. We found that we were given completely different bottles that taste like rubbing alcohol. Not at all like what we tasted in the store.
They insist on wrapping the bottles for you to transport in your checked bags in order to conceal that they give you different bottles. Do not buy here!
Written December 25, 2022
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BS4242
Cologne, Germany561 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautiful open Cenote with a waterfall. The water was clear, it was a bit crowded when we arrived but was getting better as we got in the water since a big group was leaving. Lukily we have been on an individual tour, so our guide was able to adjust our schedule to avoid the crowds. The Shower, locker and changing room facilites are good and the hacienda itself is layed out very beautifully. After the refreshing bath, the lunch buffet on the hacienda was another highlight. The facitities are very nice, staff is attentive and the food was amazing. It was also not crowded there (we came approx. 11.30 am, so the buffet was still untouched). In particular we liked the soup. And, as usual in Mexico they will also serve delicious Nachos with dips to your table. You can also stroll through some shops, but we did not buy something there, it seemed quite overpriced. In total a great experience.
Written December 8, 2023
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Kristin S
Dallas, TX76 contributions
Aug 2022
We did love this cenote (although coming directly from Ik Kil, it's not as magical). The swimming area is large and with less people feels more relaxing than other popular cenotes. There is a jumping platform and plenty of space to ease your way in and not feel rushed. The facilities are really nice and they have a restaurant, but we didn't eat there. The nice thing was that they took credit cards (at least when we went for the cenote fee). This cenote was 150 pesos per person on a Monday around 1pm.
Written August 4, 2022
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Trip597356
West Chester, OH199 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Loved this visit. Unfortunately our tour bus only let us have one hour, so with a six and eleven year old to also get changed, showered, and down the stairs, and then get back on the bus, we only had about 20 minutes to swim. But that 20 minutes was awesome. Cool water, waterfall, fish, and a platform to jump from. No rope swing or zip line, but still cool.
Written June 2, 2021
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bryanmantezoni
Houston, TX2,861 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This cenote is recommended since it is off the touristic path, yes sometimes during the day tourist buses come with many people so listen and avoid to be here between 9:30 and 11:30 and after 4:00 pm or you will find yourself among a lot of noisy people.
Clean facilities, well groomed gardens, no pressure to buy, everyone speaks English, safe facilities with mandatory wear of vest, safe parking with security cameras and the best of all….. 400 Mexican pesos for entrance including unlimited cenote and great all you can eat buffet from 12-4. I’m a very experienced traveler and I highly recommend this cenote from all the other 200 around. You will not regret it.
Written October 19, 2023
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
Mar 2022
I visited this cenote because it was part of a tour I did to Chichenitza. Now seeing the photos of much more beautiful cenotes in the nearby area, I see that it would be a good idea to stay one or two nights in Valladolid to visit Chichen Itza and do the cenotes as you wish and skip this one as it was very full and touristic. The tequilas we tasted were very good but I did not buy anything as I had only hand luggage. Had to pay 50 pesos extra for life jacket and 50 pesos extra for using a locker. Do not recommend.
Written March 16, 2022
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Andres72423
Bridgeport, CT2,924 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
What an amazing experience this was. Swimming at this Cenote was included in the excursion we booked and we had a blast. After a long days of walking through the Mayan Pyramid at Chichen-Itzá we were able to cook off and take a swim here. The Hacienda has several areas to visit but we wanted to swim here. We purchased a locker and had to pay for a life jacket ( you can’t swim unless you have a life jacket). Prior to jumping in the Canoe they ask you to shower to remove any unwanted chemicals in the water. The water was so cool and refreshing. I would have loved to had stayed much longer but we could not. The Canoe is very deep but you are safe as long as you have your life jacket. Highly recommend this place.
Written April 21, 2022
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,195 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We visited this cenote after Zacil Tunich and Palomitas. It’s not as impressive (we didn’t swim though) and it’s very popular. There is a restaurant (packed with coach tours) and tequila shops that looked quite interesting (didn’t buy anything though). There is also a zip line if you like that kind of thing.

The staff were nice and you can pay by credit card which was a bonus. It’s a very well maintained site.
Written December 17, 2021
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sharonkawano
Vancouver, Canada26 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
One of the most beautiful cenotes in the Mayan Riviera!! 200 ft in diameter, 130 ft deep and surrounded by sheer cliffs. To reach the water you need to descend down 80+ steps, and once there, omggg it’s like an underground paradise. Sunlight filtering in from above illuminates the mini waterfalls, vegetation, and vines that hang from the opening like a curtain. The natural beauty of this place is so ethereal, it’s beyond breathtaking! 🙌🙌🙌
Written September 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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