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Address: Valladolid 97780, Mexico
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Decent cenote

This cenote wasn't nearly as good as yzndnot (not correct spelling) was rather expensive and run down. Wasn't pleased with being forced to park for a tip and hassled by parking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This cenote wasn't nearly as good as yzndnot (not correct spelling) was rather expensive and run down. Wasn't pleased with being forced to park for a tip and hassled by parking staff.

Thank Jcktvls
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This natural beauty has been turned into a commercial enterprise, where you get hounded by vendors flogging trinkets. Of all the cenotes around Valladolid I think cenote San Lorenzo oxman is stunning and worth visiting!

Thank Sajni S
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

We arrived to the Cenotes around 6.30pm (we had a car and were driving from Chichen Itza to Tulum so decided to stop) and it was starting to get dark. The Cenotes were open till 8pm so we got our tickets and entered. We couldn't see anything while there so it was a waste of money. I just wish the... More 

1 Thank Alex M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We visited both cenotes at this touristy stop. This was our favorite even though the other seems to get more recommendations (probably because there were only a few people). We did not look for lockers and left our clothes and backpacks on the platform near the water; they were fine. The water is very clear and refreshing and the light... More 

1 Thank leahlaurinda
Varazdin, Croatia
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

I really like how enclosed this cenote is and it feels like swimming in a cave. The water is crystal clear. It was something quite special swimming there.

Thank SpaciousEarth
Rotterdam, Nederland
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140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Just like Xkeken cenote this one is in a cave. It can get a bit humid inside. You can take a swim or just have a look around.

Thank Tissa010
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Ignore the insistent staff who say you need a guide to get to either Samula or Dznitup, the two cenotes that are part of Xkeken. Pay admission, get your ticket that lets you into both, and walk the short distance on either side of a complex with stalls and a restaurant. Samula features the most clear waters, turquoise in places,... More 

2 Thank Donna H
Mahahual, Mexico
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

A few too many vendors set up in the path from the parking lot to the cenote. It is okay for an underground cenote but we have been to better ones.

Thank CostaMayaPaddler
Mill Valley, California
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Too expensive, over crowded, a long walk through many tourist stalls to get to the cenote. The cenote is interesting but very crowded, the water it cloudy and the experience was poor overall. The complex is so overdone and a real turnoff. Try cenote Oxman for a wonderful, peaceful cenote experience.

1 Thank Steven P
Boulder, Colorado
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

I think my title speaks for itself. This place is amazing. The people are really nice and we felt completely safe. We left our backpack with passports and shoes on the rocks stairs and they were still there when we were done.

Thank David F

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