You can’t visit Valladolid without visiting one of the cenotes in the area. Visitors are drawn to the Yucatan not only for its history and ancient ruins, but also to explore the natural wonder of the cenotes. Take the beach towels provided in the rooms, a change of clothes and your waterproof camera.
We recommend visiting these cenotes early morning, before midday when the tours start to arrive or later in the afternoon. You can take a taxi to the ones located outside of the city or if you have rented a car there are some great options. Here are a couple close by…
Zaci– Located within the city of Valladolid is Cenote Zaci (circled on the map), this refreshing, freshwater cenote (or sinkhole) is located a short bicycle ride away, or you can also walk from Casa Lol Beh.
Samula & Xkeken– Located 15 minutes from the city, the two Cenotes, Samula and Xkeken, can be found in the same complex at Dzitnup. You can pay to visit just one, or both together. Samula is beautiful with sunlight streaming through and tree roots dangling down.
Suytun- Located 15 minutes from the city, Cenote Suytun is a quieter, beautiful cenote, with great photo opportunities from its platform.
Palomitas– Located 35 minutes from the city, this refreshing cenote allows is about 60m deep. You can make use of their life jackets and floats.
SAC – AUA– Located 35 minutes from the city, this non – touristy cenote is beach like with its island in the middle. There is a jumping platform, and as well as swimming visitors can rappel and kayak at an extra cost. Be sure to take the guided tour of the cave.
Ik Kil– Located close to Chichen Itza, 45 minutes outside of Valladolid is Cenote Ik Kil. A tourist hotspot, this cenote is perfect for cooling off after a trip to Chichen Itza.
Valladolid is a popular and useful base for visitors looking to visit the close by Mayan ruins of Ek’ Balam and Chichen Itza.
Ek’ Balam– Located in the Mayan jungle only 25 minutes from the city. Visitors are free to climb and fully explore these ruins.
Chichen Itza– Step back into pre-Columbian Mexico, with a trip to the famous Mayan city of Chichen Itza, located approximately 45 Minutes outside of Valladolid.
Discover- Take a seat in one of the confidant chairs in the main square, and people watch with a delicious Marquesita in your hand. Watch folkloric dancing here in the afternoon.
Explore the local streets, looking for hidden gems, taking in the beautiful colonial architecture.
Head along the colourful street Cinco Frailes (marked with the arrow on the map), you will arrive at the convent of San Bernadino. You can pay to enter, explore and learn the history of this old convent.
Light Show- Each night at 9pm you can watch as the convent of San Bernadino lights up with a light show, and story of the history of the Valladolid, the Yucatan and the convent. At 9:15 pm the story is told in English.
Casa de los Venados- Discover the private home Casa de los Venados, with its amazing collection of Mexican art. Tours are held throughout the day.
Shopping- Buy local chocolate, hand crafted textiles and outfits as well as much more. Local produce, honey and spices can be found at the mercardo.