Discover the magical world of Cenote Sac Aua

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Cenote Sac Aua with the island in the center.

Cenote Sac Aua

Cenote Sac Aua is a beautiful cenote off the beaten path in the Yucatan. This cenote is near to Ek Balam and Valladolid. So if you are out exploring the area and want a beautiful place to visit, this cenote is one for the list.

What makes Cenote Sac Aua special is actually several things:

  • Not many tourists visit here since it is off the main routes. There are no large tour groups that visit this cenote. Often there are only 4-10 people there. 
  • It has beautiful water for swimming. This cenote is open, but when dust and debris fall, they land on the island leaving the water in a better state. 
  • The center is an island with trees and feels a little magical.
  • There are some services like a restaurant and also tour of the cavern.

Our video of visiting Cenote Sac Aua


Visiting this cenote

From the parking lot you will pay and walk down a path that will take about 10 minutes. Here you can shower off and go down the large stairs. The stairs take you to the island in the center. Here you can place your things and jump in. There is one platform for jumping in that is about 7 feet (2.5 meters) off the water.

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The entrance to the Cenote Sac Aua is down these stairs.


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The large stairs that descend into this cenote.


Cenote Sac Aua
This cenote features an island in the middle with crystal waters around it. This is a good cenote for swimming.

Cavern Tour at Cenote Sac Aua

The cavern tour is guided by one of the staff at the cenote. The tour takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The cavern here is large and beautiful. the cavern is less humid than others in the area and it is actually nice a cool. 

In the cavern you will see the formations and even some Maya ceramic that was found in the cavern. 

Tip: Pathways are sandy, and some are on angles. A flashlight for extra lighting and shoes with traction are good to have here for walking around. 

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You can see the stairs that go down into the cavern here.

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Services and hours here

When you pull in you will find a parking lot. Here you will find bathrooms, a small restaurant and the booth for tickets. After you pay there is a trail to the cenote. Just before you go down to the cenote you will find a small building with showers. This is good to do if you are wearing any suntan cream or lotions. This helps keep the water clean.


Open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.

Entrance price to Cenote Sac Aua

The cenote price has two packages. One is 290 and the other is 475. The package for 475 includes the cenote, cavern tour, kayaks, cenote and a meal (beverages extra, most are 45 pesos). This cenote has gotten expensive which is kind of a disappointment. But it does make it worth it for one visit. 

How to get to Cenote Sac Aua

This cenote is not on the main tourist route in the Yucatan. You will need to drive a little of the back roads to get here but it is worth it. The town where Cenote Sac Aua is Dzalbay. Most people will visit this cenote either from Ek Balam or from the old 180 via Yalcoba. If leaving from Valladolid it should take you about 36 minutes to arrive to the cenote.

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Have you been to Cenote Sac Aua? What did you think? Do you have tips for other people going there? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you. 

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Crystal clea waters await you for swimming.

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