Cenote Xkekén

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Cenote Xkekén information

admission M$56
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One of two cenotes at Dzitnup, about 7km west of Valladolid, Xkekén is a massive limestone formation with stalactites hanging from its ceiling. The pool is artificially lit and very swimmable. Across the road about 100m is Cenote Samulá, a lovely cavern pool with álamo roots stretching down many meters.

Pedaling a rented bicycle to the cenotes takes about 20 minutes. By bike from the town center take Calle 41A (Calzada de los Frailes), a street lined with colonial architecture. Go one block past the Templo de San Bernardino park and turn left on Calle 54, then make a right on Calle 49, which becomes Avenida de los Frailes and hits the old highway. Follow the ciclopista (bike path) paralleling the road to Mérida, then turn left at the sign for Dzitnup and continue for just under 2km; Samulá will be off this road to the right and Dzitnup a little further on the left.

Shared vans depart for Dzitnup (M$20) from Hotel María Guadalupe (on Calle 44). Otherwise, take a taxi.