Cenote Samula
Cenote Samula
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Kristin S
Dallas, TX135 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We really wanted to visit these cenotes that make up Dzitnup because a waiter at our hotel said it was really interesting and we wanted to see more cave cenotes. However, after driving all the way over to this one we found out it was closed (Monday 8/1/2022 at noon) because of a vendor dispute with the owners per the people we talked to on the side of the road heading in. Luckily, we were right next to Saamal, which we were also planning on visiting and headed there instead.
Written 4 August 2022
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ojerio
Los Angeles, CA492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We visited Cenotes Dzitnup, actually two Cenotes. You pay slightly more to visit both, they each have a different feel. It is a good plan to arrive early, there were very few tourists when we were there. First you have to run the gauntlet of tour guide wanna bees, although the young man who wanted to help us was very informative. But you don’t need a guide There are also gauntlets of vendors and the grounds of the two Cenotes are somewhat in need of care. There are a number of abandoned structures, perhaps once cabins - it looks like the heyday was some time ago. A bit of a ghost town feel.

Cenote Xkeken is a quiet cave, tranquil and clear. Interesting formations on the ceilings, like eggs. Some idiot had been smoking (who smokes in a cave?) which was unfortunate but not fatal.

Cenote Samula is on the other side of the site, it has a jumping platform and is therefore a less tranquil spot. Also very clean and clear, uncrowded.
Written 26 January 2022
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Shreyansh182
Houston, TX296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
This is quite otherworldly. We went early so it was quiet. Water was alright (22 degrees). If you are here for chichen itza, definitely go here for a swim. This location has 2 cenote (xkeken and Samula) - both collectively known as Cenote Dzitnup. Samula is better. Tips:
1. Go early.
2. Get a life jacket from outside as both cenote have a rule to get a jacket before a swim and get charge 50 EACH TIME. (The locals have divided the market so that visitors pay twice for literally the same jacket for 2 cenote a across the road).
3. Do NOT let a guide talk to you at all. Coz you don’t need one and they expect a tip of 20 ISD for basically doing nothing.
Written 20 December 2021
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
The cenote isn’t very impressive (go to Zacil Tunich!) compared to some others. It’s also quite commercialised and the ‘guided tour’ is a rip off so don’t be fooled by the people trying to sell you a tour on the way in. You can visit just Samula or Xkeken or both (depending what time you arrive - they close at 16.00 so you can’t visit both if it’s close to closing time) but neither are great.
Written 17 December 2021
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melissabevier
Grand Rapids, OH9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was a great cave cenote that's fun for the whole family. You'll want to bring your own life jackets or you'll have to rent them. I would not recommend this cenote to anyone that has a hard time getting up and down stairs. This is a beautiful and peaceful cave cenote that allows to fully relax and take in the incredible sounds of nature. As you lay in complete silence in the water you'll hear the songs of birds who are flying in and out ever so quickly from the top of the cave. Their song echoes from within and creates such a serene feeling while floating in the crystal clear water. This cenote is also fun for the kids, but make sure they keep those life jackets on as the water is 20 meters deep. My kids loved it!
Written 30 June 2021
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RxVacation
San Dimas, CA1,171 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
While visiting Cenote Samula, you can decide at the entrance when paying if you want to include the adjacent Cenote X’Keken. 80 pesos for one or 125 pesos to access to both. These cenotes have the same issue of having to walk through multiple vendors that are lined up along the walkways and it can get annoying to constantly have to deal with that. It kinda takes away from the peaceful and serene atmosphere cenotes are suppose to have :(
Both cenotes were okay, but for the price and the overall vibe, I would pick Cenote Zaci in downtown Valladolid in a heartbeat.
Written 16 May 2021
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World Traveler
Mexico City, Mexico2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
I visited 4 cenotes and this was my favourite. Absolutely stunning with beautiful blue water and great photo opportunity. Didn’t like renting the smelly life jacket but there’s not much you can do about that, still well worth it!
Written 21 April 2021
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Lukas P
Miami Beach, FL222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Well organized, safe and family friendly cenote. A life jacket is required.
Very close to Valladolid and worth the visit.
Written 3 February 2021
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Sukain
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
You can visit 2 cenotes at this location. There is a ‘guide’ who sort of forces his services on you at the entrance, but I think that’s normal for most tourist locations. We did let him accompany us and tipped him - not a big deal. We didn’t love that we had to pay for the life jackets separately at each cenote, but the cenotes themselves were spectacular and worth the visit. We loved that they were not over crowded, in fact there was a window of time when we were the only ones in the cenote - we visited on a weekday and went around 11ish, so it may just not have been a busy time. There is a lifeguard there and there were very clean bathrooms and showers at the first cenote. Definitely recommend
Written 6 December 2020
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Daniel Falcade
Vinhedo, SP12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
We read some evaluations before going, so we knew there would be people on the front gate trying to make you accompany them and then charging you for it. There really are and they dress just like guides from the place, but they are not. In addition, if you rent life jackets for one cenote they don't let you wear it on the other. We also had read about that before, so we did not rent life jackets at all and it was totally fine. The ropes they put inside the natural pools so people can hold totally damage the wonderful view! I think there would be more intelligent solutions for that. The facilities outside the cenotes look abandoned, but maybe that is because of the pandemic.
Written 29 November 2020
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