Cenote Suytun is arguably one of the best cenotes in Valladolid and perhaps the entire Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico! Featuring a monolithic cave filled with shallow turquoise water and an idyllic stone pathway that stretches out into the middle of this amazing cenote!
I have put together this complete travel guide of Suytun Cenote including where it is, how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive!
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WHERE IS SUYTUN CENOTE?
Cenote Suytun is a short 15-minute drive from the center of Valladolid in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. It’s pretty close to the city center and very easy to get to.
I personally visited Suytun Cenote from Tulum which is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes drive. If you are coming from Tulum or Cancun and planning to arrive as soon as the cenote opens at 9:00 am, don’t forget to set your watch back 1 hour to allow for the time difference.
SUYTUN CENOTE TOUR
There are a number of different tours available to experience the magic of this cenote, departing from either Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
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DIY VISIT TO CENOTE SUYTUN
If you plan to visit without a tour, the easiest way to get there is with your own rental car and it’s safe to park in the gravel parking lot out the front near the entrance.
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Alternatively, you can take a taxi ride from Valladolid to the cenote which should be no more than 100 MXN, so if there are a few of you it works out better to split the cost. Some cab drivers will try to charge you 150 – 200 MXN but you shouldn’t pay more than 100 MXN for this short 15-minute drive.
The stone pathway
Inside the cave
CENOTE SUYTUN ENTRANCE FEE & OPENING HOURS
Cenote Suytun Mexico is not that cheap but not overly expensive with an entrance fee of 120 MXN ($6).
Suytun Cenote opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – 7 days a week.
Epic scenes inside the cenote
ARRIVING AT THE CENOTE
Whether you arrive by car, bike, or taxi you’ll first have to pay the entrance fee before continuing along the path to the cenote.
The parking lot is a good indicator to know how many people you can expect at the cenote. When I visited, there were no other cars in the parking lot and sure enough, I had the entire place to myself.
There are bathroom and changing room facilities available in the park right next to the ticket office. There is also a restaurant that serves food and drinks.
There are actually two cenotes at this location and both of them are included in the entrance fee, although the second one is often forgotten by visitors. Definitely make sure to check both of them out during your visit. If you are unsure where to go, simply ask the ticket officer to point you in the right direction of the second cenote.
Make your way down the path to Cenote Suytun to where you’ll see a life jacket renting stand. The price to rent a life jacket is an additional 30 MXN and it’s mandatory to wear one if you plan to go swimming inside the cenote.
The entrance to the Cenote is via a steep concrete staircase that leads underground and to where it opens up inside the cave.
The entrance to the cenote
The stairs down into the cenote
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SUYTUN CENOTE
The reason why this cenote is so unique is that it’s a cave cenote with a spark of natural light beaming down into the middle of the cave through a hole in the roof. The cave is pretty dark inside though there are a few hanging light bulbs lighting the way down the steps.
There’s an idyllic stone pathway that stretches out into the middle of turquoise waters that you can walk on and it makes for some great photo opportunities.
If you are wanting to see the beam of light through the hole in the top of the cave then you are best off visiting around midday because that’s when the sun is directly above and shines through. The only downside when visiting at midday is that there will be a lot more tourists around as opposed to visiting early morning.
Unfortunately, the dark conditions within the cave make it hard to get a great shot with just your phone camera so it’s best to have a DSLR camera if you want unblurry shots.
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There are various different angles to admire the cenote from and the most popular perspective is from the top of the staircase. There’s also a little platform at the end of the staircase which will allow you to have the hole in the roof in your picture.
Stalactites inside the cave
Another perspective of the cenote
The best time to visit is in the early morning as soon as it opens at 9:00 am. It can get very crowded with tourists swimming in the water and everyone wanting to take photos on the platform in the middle.
However, the cave itself is very spacious, like that of an amphitheater, which means that there are plenty of places to hang out and other photo opportunities to be had.
One of the most fascinating things besides the beam of light shining through is the incredible rock formations and stalactites on the roof. You can also expect to see and hear a lot of bats within the cenote.
The stone pathway
THE 2ND CENOTE
Many people forget that there are actually two cenotes at this location and the entrance fee includes both of them so be sure not to miss it.
The second one is located near the main entrance and it’s best to ask the ticket officer to point you in the right direction.
This one is another underground cenote so you will have to walk down a concrete staircase to gain access.
What makes this cenote so unique is that it’s covered in greenery with leaves hanging all around the walls and there are even a few trees growing inside.
Unfortunately, you can’t swim in this 2nd cenote but it’s magnificent to marvel at nonetheless!
The 2nd cenote
Entrance to the 2nd cenote
My visit to Cenote Suytun was one of the best adventures I had in the Yucatan Peninsula and I can’t recommend this place enough!
Its natural beauty and unique features are what make this cenote one of the best in the area and it’s for sure not to be missed on your Mexico itinerary!
Hot Tip → Remember to get there as early as possible when doors open at 9:00 am as it’s a much better experience without hoards of other tourists around during the day. Also, try to avoid visiting on a weekend because it’s a popular place for the locals to hang out too.
WHERE TO STAY IN VALLADOLID
Valladolid is the closest town to the cenote which has dozens of accommodations to choose from. I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Valladolid to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Mayan Majesty Boutique Hotel
Mayan Majesty is one of the only 5-star hotels in Valladolid. Featuring a cave pool with a swim-up bar, beautiful gardens and it’s centrally located in the heart of town. Choose from a Deluxe King Room, Superior Queen Room, or the King Suite each with a pool view, private bathroom, flat-screen TVs, dining table, terrace, and air conditioning. A free continental breakfast is also served for all guests. Great for couples, a group of friends, and families.
Mid Range: Casa Del Mayordomo
I personally stayed at Casa Del Mayordomo and can’t recommend this place enough! Located right in the center of Valladolid and just walking distance to the main square, shops, and markets. Featuring a central courtyard and swimming pool, a shared dining area, and a shared kitchen. The rooms are spacious with air conditioning, free wifi, private bathrooms, large comfortable beds, and pool views. Free bicycle rental is also available at this hotel as well as a continental breakfast for all guests. Great place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Hostal Tunich Naj
Hostal Tunich Naj is a favorite pick amongst backpackers and solo travelers with thousands of great reviews. Centrally located in the heart of Valladolid, this budget hostel is a simple yet effective accommodation featuring dorm rooms and private rooms with free wifi, a shared kitchen, private and shared bathrooms, balcony terraces, and coffee machines. There is also a tour desk at the hostel where you can organize and book day tours in Valladolid.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT VALLADOLID
The best time to visit Valladolid is during the winter season from December to April. During this time there is little to no rainfall and the temperatures are just perfect.
The rainy season in Valladolid is typically between May and October which sees higher temperatures due to the humidity. The only plus side to visiting Valladolid during these months is there will be fewer tourists and prices are less inflated.
Colorful streets in Valladolid
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