Cenote Saamal

Cenote Saamal, Valladolid: Address, Cenote Saamal Reviews: 4.5/5

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Rhonda G
Jeju, South Korea4 contributions
Family
This cenote is part of the grounds of a well maintained Hacienda. When we arrived at the same time as a tour bus, I was worried. However, this cenote is large so even with people there, we didnt feel cramped. The buses dont seem to stay very long so if it is crowded, wait a little bit and it will empty out. Do practice caution on the stairs that lead you into the cenote. They are slippery, but if you hold onto the rails, you will be fine.

The buffet restaurant was well worth the price. The food was very good and we had excellent service.

The life jacket and lockers are included with the entrance fee of 150 pesos ($7).
Written July 8, 2022
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Kristin S
Dallas, TX61 contributions
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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Andres72423
Bridgeport, CT2,719 contributions
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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Jennifer B
California29 contributions
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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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,154 contributions
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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Trip597356
West Chester, OH173 contributions
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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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,173 contributions
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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tiff095
Panama City, Panama7 contributions
Cenote not so crowded. Really beautiful and impressive. We went as part of our tour to Chichen Itza

You must rent a life jacket that costs 20 pesos or 1 USD. In addition, you can rent a locker, but it is not really necessary since many people left their things near the bathroom area. The wooden stairs are slippery, so be careful. The staff was excellent.
Written January 28, 2020
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John M
1 contribution
The Cenote itself was beautiful. Part of our tour at the Cenote Saamal was to experience different tequila's for tasting if we wanted. The different products that they offered us were amazing at the time and I agreed to buy their top 12 year old tequila. The product shown and tasted were real. The contents in the bottle that was shown to me was real, but the bottle they gave me and wrapped up was not the real stuff and was actually in a different bottle. I recommend that you do not buy their product.

The Cenote itself was beautiful and I would recommend that. I'm just bitter at being scammed.
Written March 15, 2022
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Sundncr
Washington DC, DC977 contributions
This seemed like it was a part of Selva Maya park. After you enter the park, you are offered to add breakfast or a meal to your ticket. We passed. This is one of the Cenotes that needed a mandatory life jacket. It was provided by the park. The water was very clear and crisp on a cool morning. There is jump off point too. It is large enjoy a swim and spend an hour. Come early to avoid tour buses. There is some garden area to enjoy a walk around. It is pretty safe as it is gated with security. One can combine a visit to this Cenote on their way to Chichen Itza.
Written February 5, 2021
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