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Review of Cenote Samula

Cenote Samula
Ranked #3 of 33 things to do in Valladolid
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Alamosa, CO
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

The only other cenote we had been to was Ek-balam, after we toured that site. Ek-balam was fantastic - a natural oasis open to the sky with swinging vines to do Tarzan leaps into the pool, and very few other people around. Completely natural setting, very refreshing. Dzitnup, on the other hand, is highly developed, and is a true cavern, with just a hole letting sunlight in. Colored lighting makes the whole thing surreal, and the vendors are a little out-of-the ordinary. The teens, however, loved it. We could barely get them out of there. The deep plunge end is very deep indeed. If I recall correctly, the sign said 30 meters. I know I couldn't touch the bottom after clearing my ears twice on the way down.

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“beautiful and fun”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

Went to the Cenotes at Dzitnup outside Vlladolid as part of our Chichen Itza tour. Not very crowded, and quite beautiful. There is a playground out front, so once the kids got tired of swimming, they could play on the playground. Quite a few annoying vendors, so be prepared. Only downside to me is that you have to pay for both Cenotes (in other words, 1 price does not get you into both).

As an interesting side note, they had some of the cleanest public restrooms I've ever seen. As another interesting side note, the toilets in the mens room do not have seats. Perhaps the 2 things are related?

Visited March 2013
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Tell City, Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2013

We booked our excursion with Best Day. We went to this cenote before going to Chichen Itza ruins. They had lockers for you to rent for your clothing,shoes,belongings.You had to shower out in open before going down to cenote.About 50 steps or so to go down to cenote.Allowed to jump off steps into cenote.Water was so clear ! Different levels of photo ops.Be sure and take towels!

Visited March 2013
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful swim spot”
Reviewed 5 March 2013 via mobile

Stopped off on way back from chichen itza, there are actually 2 cenotes here and therefore 2 entrance fees which is a bit annoying! We bought tickets to the one on the left with all the stalagtites, you can see pictures before you decide which fee to pay! Its a stunning cenote down underground and is a beautiful unique place for a swim. Wish the fee included seeing other cenote though. Worth a stop for sure.

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43 reviews
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“Excellent excursion”
Reviewed 10 February 2013

This cenote is worth the journey. We arrived early in the day and pretty much had the place to ourselves. The water is clean and makes for a very refreshing swim. The place is well set up for visitors (change rooms etc). Recommended.

Visited January 2013
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