A cenote for the perfect travel picture to remember your time in Mexico!

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This is Cenote Suytun. One of the places you can stop when you drive to Chichen Itza on a day trip.

Cenote Suytun

Cenote Suytun is fast becoming iconic because the fact it is a beautiful cenote but also the walkway to the center and the shaft of light coming down. The name Suytun means center stone and that is fitting for this cenote. You can find this cenote near to the colonial city of Valladolid Yucatan. It is becoming a stop for more and more tours on their way to Chichen Itza or Ek Balam ruins.

The main attraction is the iconic cenote below. There are actually two cenotes to visit, and both show off the marvels of the Yucatan. The first one is down a gravel path from the entrance. You will pass down stone stairs and come out in this marvelous cave. At the top of the stairs, you will get your fist glimpse of the cenote

Ancient stalactites decorate the ceiling and in the center a hole lets light in. The water is not that deep here, and you can swim in this cenote.

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Light comes through the opening to highlight the blue water in Cenote Suytun.

The second cenote you can visit here

Be sure to check out the second cenote here. It is behind the place where you get your tickets. Walk down the steps and through a small tunnel to come out to this hidden world. You will hear birds and silence. It is a pretty magical place.

In this cenote you cannot swim but it is a great place to look quietly at nature and the marvels of the Yucatan Peninsula.

There are stairs that you can walk down to the floor and walk around a little. Only in one part there is water.

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The second cenote you can visit here. It is more natural looking and open with birds and plants.

What is there to see at these cenotes?

Oh how times have changed! We remember when we went here a few years ago, it was only a path to the cenotes and a few peacocks around. Now it is more of a bus tour stop with a large giftshop, photo ops and demonstrations of tortilla making and cleansing rituals. At the entrance there is a snack bar. Once you walk through the gift store you will find bathrooms and changing rooms if you want to go for a dip in the cenote.

What is the entrance price and hours?

The price is 250 pesos per person for adults. It is 200 for children.

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

Here is a link to the official page of Cenote Suytun. There is a discount for buying tickets online through their website. 

Our recommendations

If you want to come here by yourself, avoid coming around the morning hours as busses coming from the Riviera Maya bring people. At other times of the day, you can almost be the only people here.

This can be a nice cenote to visit if you are staying in Valladolid or driving to Tulum from Valladolid.

If you like visiting cenotes, see our guide here for many more cenotes to see or take a dip in.

How to get to Cenote Suytun

Cenote Suytun is just outside of the colonial town of Valladolid in the Yucatan. The cenote is 12 minutes east on the old 180. The turn is on the south side of the road and there are a few signs near the road. Take the dirt road back to the parking lot where you will see the entrance.



Have you been to Cenote Suytun? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.

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  1. Fabulous cenote but spoiled completely by all the self-obsessed folks just walking out to pose on the platform. Forming a queue and then bitching if someone spends 10 seconds too long just purely to allow them to pose

    • #howinstagramruinedtravel It is amazing how people will spend one whole day to take one photo to post on their social media.

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