Incredibles cenotes en Valladolid

Valladolid and its cenotes

Valladolid is a small and lovely town located in the Yucatan Peninsula. The town itself doesn’t have much in itself but it is really charming. Its main square, its market, many of its streets and the amount of cenotes that surround Valladolid make it a very special place to be.

Main square in Valladolid

Main square in Valladolid

The hostel where we stayed was called La Candelaria and we recommend it immensley. It is a big and spacious hostel with lots of green spaces in its garden and a spectacular vibe that made our stay really special.

Hostal la Candelaria - Valladolid

Hostal la Candelaria – Valladolid

I really like visiting the main plaza in small towns and the one in this town was particularly lively. Seeing the children playing in the park, people selling typical things or older people talking on the benches gives that magic touch to small towns.

Valladolid

We also decided to visit  the convent «San Bernardino de Siena». It was built in1560 and has a chapel, a church, an atrium and an orchard. Besides that it has an imposing work of architecture, la noria, a hydraulic structure built on a cenote located below the convent. This was a water source of the Cupules (ancient habitants of the area).

Convent San Bernardino de Siena

Convent San Bernardino de Siena

In less than an hour by car from Valladolid is Chichen Itza. This is one of the main arqueological sites located in the Yucatan Peninsula and was built by the Mayan civilization.

Chichen Itza (click in the image to read more)

Chichen Itza (click in the image to read more)

Valladolid was my first experience with the famous cenotes. These are something like natural swimming pools that generally develop underground and therefore they are mostly located inside caves and caverns offering the tourist an amazing view.

Samula Cenote

Samula Cenote

Agua Dulce Cenote

Agua Dulce Cenote

Samula Cenote

Samula Cenote

Palomitas Cenote

Palomitas Cenote

Zaci Cenote

Zaci Cenote

The first cenote we visited was called Zaci and we found it in a most curious way. The hostel had given us directions to arrive to this cenote located within the town of Valladolid itself. As we were walking down the street we came across a restaurant which had the name of the cenote. In the back part of the restaurant we were surprised to find a huge hole on the ground full of water and a lot of rock formations. The view was amazing. We decided to wait to go swimming in some of the other cenotes that we heard were even more impressive.

Zaci Cenote

Zaci Cenote

On the recommendation of our hostel, we went the next day to visit the Agua Dulce and Palomitas cenotes, located half an hour away from Valladolid. I especially recommend these cenotes if you go to Valladolid since they are located inside enormous caves. To get inside Agua Dulce you have to enter through a small hole in the ground and go down a ladder into the darkness.Palomitas is kind of a cavern accessed by steps descending into the ground.It is lit only by a few holes in the cavern’s ceiling, where beautiful rays of light enter and illuminate the blue water.

Entrance to Agua Dulce cenote

Entrance to Agua Dulce cenote

Agua Dulce Cenote

Agua Dulce Cenote

Palomitas is kind of a cavern accessed by steps descending into the ground.It is lit only by a few holes in the cavern’s ceiling, where beautiful rays of light enter and illuminate the blue water.

Palomitas Cenote

Palomitas Cenote

Personaly, I didn’t get tired of visiting cenotes because each one had something special and different to see and experience. Another pair of cenotes well worth the visit near Valladolid are Samula and Dzitnup. They can be reached by renting bicycles from Hostel La Candelaria. There are really no words to describe these two cenotes. Just look at the photos.

Samula Cenote

Samula Cenote

It is said that there are more than 3.000 identified cenotes around the Yucatan Peninsula.We only visited 5 and it was a real pleasure.

Where to stay in Valladolid:

  • Hostal La Candelaria

What to do in Valladolid:

  • Parque Central (Francisco Cantón Park)
  • Cenotes: Agua Dulce and Palmitas, Samula and Dzitnup
  • San Bernardino de Siena Convent
  • Chichen Itza (recommended to go from Valladolid instead of Cancun as you will be able to arrive early in the morning and avoid the huge crowds)

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