Cenote Agua Dulce is one of the cenotes and caves that you can see at Rancho Agua Dulce, a well of surprises in this place. The Yalcobá area, near Valladolid, is a very good option for a weekend getaway.

The area between Ek balam and Yalcobá, very close to Valladolid, has taken much weight in nature tourism thanks to the large number of cenotes that exist. The beauty of the cenotes in this area becomes irresistible for those who like these natural beauties. It is no coincidence that the Xcaret group bought land to open its large cenote park here.

It is an easy area to visit from Valladolid, there are even options where you can spend the night in the country, in cabins on the Mayan mountain. Over the years, service options have emerged that satisfy all types of tourists.

Cenote Agua Dulce Valladolid


If you go to Ek Balam there is a fabulous junction that you choose the path you choose leads you to an interesting place to meet a few kilometers away. This area is ideal for a perfect weekend getaway of culture and nature: 

  1. A path of detour leads you to town of Ek Balam, where you can search for accommodation. 
  2. The safety pin Ek Balam archaeological zone and its cenote X-Canché are the second detour.
  3. The third option takes you to know incredible cenotes and to populate. Cenotes such as Sac Aua in Dzalbay, and direction Yalcobá el X-Ca'anajaltun or Agua Dulce and Popcorn in the Rancho Agua Dulce, are places that are worth a detour in your way. 

Know the best Cenotes in Valladolid and surroundings

Cenote Agua Dulce, an 1 print cavity


One of the most beautiful cenotes in the Yalcobá area is the Sweet Water cenote, a cavity that overwhelms. The diameter is huge, the print drop. The stairs take you to a medium platform where you can admire the overwhelming beauty of the place, its imposing diameter does not leave you impassive. The long roots looking for fresh water, stalactites, light rays and falling water form vertical vertigo. A pleasure

freshwater cenote yalcoba

The first time I visited it, I wanted to bathe in this imposing nature. I was taking photos for almost two hours alone, when I left a family came and I didn't want to stay any longer. Normally when I go out to take photos of cenotes, I do not bathe in the cenotes, I go where I go, this time I was left wanting.

Obviously I have returned, I wanted to bathe in this imposing place. I had the opportunity to bathe alone once, and I felt the adrenaline rush. The cavity of the Agua Dulce cenote is so huge that you feel vulnerable, very small.

Cenote Agua Dulce Valladolid
freshwater cenote yalcoba

There is some canoe useful to cross the wide diameter of the Sweet Water cenote. A canoe ride was almost poetic, really. The staircase leads you to water level. Some ropes, as we always see in the cenotes enabled for tourism, give you the security to move through the crystalline waters.

It is a great idea to wear a diving mask, a very attractive way to enjoy these treasures.

Cenote Agua Dulce Valladolid
Cenote Agua Dulce Valladolid
Freshwater Cenote Popcorn


The entrance to the Agua Dulce cenote is at the Rancho Agua Dulce facilities, part of which continues to function as a cattle ranch. On the ranch there are other cenotes such as the beautiful Popcorn and the Dzonot Ac, and some dry cave to visit.

The place offers a very complete visit, I loved it. Buffet restaurant service to taste several Yucatecan dishes and the possibility of an educational tour through different phases of the formation of the cenotes with a visit to the Dzonot Ac cenote, an aguada, the last stage of a cenote. It is inhabited by ducks and turtles, a delight.

Aguaote Sweet Popcorn cenote restaurant
Good restaurant:-)
Cenote Agua Dulce, an 2 print cavity
gouache Dzonot Ac
Aguada Dzonot Ac

A place worth visiting on your way. Very well run, they will ask you to shower before bathing in the cenotes, so we avoid polluting its delicate waters. I want to thank the administrators for their kindness in my visit to the Agua Dulce cenote, thank you for how you opened the doors to its natural treasures.

Cenote Agua Dulce, an 3 print cavity

Cenote Agua Dulce, cenotes

LOCATION: The Agua Dulce cenote is located in the Agua Dulce Ranch, in the municipality of Yalcobá, 25 kilometers from Valladolid. On Highway 180 free from Valladolid to Cancun, you will see the detour to Yalcobá. In the town of Yalcobá it is indicated again. From Ek Balam you can also get to Dzalbay direction, it is between Hunuku and Yalcobá.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8:30 a.m. to 17:30 p.m. daily. Rancho Agua Dulce has services at the restaurant entrance, bike rental, vests, bathrooms, towels, and showers (showers). There are several cenotes to visit.
PRICE ENTRY: 120 mxn each cenote per person, local to 70 pesos.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?  Yalcoba arrives public transport from Valladolid (20 minutos) or you can go by taxi. The Cenote is located between Hunukú and Yalcobá, the entrance to the cenote is well indicated.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen (use it after bathing), closed and comfortable shoes to protect yourself from insect bites, some water always goes well swimsuit and a towel or sarong to dry off after bathing. It is a good option to carry diving mask to better appreciate the place.
THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTERO: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes, do not use body creams, or protectors, or repellents before entering them. Do not hang from the roots of the trees or touch the stalactites or do any other idiocy that damages the place.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CENOTE: cenote Sweet water  it is closed, of sublime diameter. You can dive, I didn't get any more data.

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