The Sambula cenote of the Yucatan population of Pebá is one of the examples of local development in the area. Thanks to their sweet and crystalline treasure they have developed a good project.
Peba is a Yucatecan Mayan population in an interesting tourist spot, being on the route between Mérida and Uxmal, something that favors it. The same applies to cenotes such as San Antonio de Mulix, Abalá, Tecoh or Pixyah. Much to see and enjoy in southern Merida, I hope you have the time to get to know this land.
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How to get to Pebá
Many travelers take advantage of their visit to Uxmal from the colonial city of Mérida to visit the cenotes of the area. There is a lot to see and enjoy in this area, Pebá is only 45 minutes from Mérida.
The secondary road that leads to Pebá is not in the best conditions, so drive slowly from the main road. All types of cars arrive, do not suffer, it is the same road that leads you to the Luxury Hacienda Temozón. The last meters to the cenote Sambula are of dirt road (dirt track), that without problem you arrive.
Cenote Sambula, Pebá
It's been years since cooperative formed by several Pebá families Take care of the cenote and keep it clean. With time and state aid they have been able to adapt a comfortable space that allows the visitor to enjoy the cenote and the facilities.
The Sambula cenote is a cave which is easily accessed by stairs carved in stone. Sambula is neither too big nor too spectacular, it's just a great place to enjoy. Of those cenotes that do not leave you open-mouthed, but you open it as you're there.
Ideal for families with children because of the shallowness (maximum of about 2 meters) and the conditioned spaces where you can rest inside the cenote. Sambula is a cenote where to live the local atmosphere, of those where not many people come from outside and you get closer to the local. Avoid Sundays if you like tranquility, and I advise you to go from 13 hours, because the light arrives in the afternoon from the cenote.
The good facilities and services make you want to stay for lunch and have a chela in the restaurant, how it happened to us. It is a motivation to favor local tourism on our way. It was a great success to go and know and enjoy the Sambula cenote.
Remember our CENOTES section of the blog where you find many other freshwater treasures. Take care of the environment and follow the rules of the good cenotero that we leave you then.
Cenote Sambula, cenotesLOCATION: Cenote Sambula is located in the town of Peba. From the Lucas de Gálvez Market in Mérida (65 Street between 54 Street and 52 Street), take the bus (van) to Umán. From Uman, you must take another bus to Peba (it is not a busy route).
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? You can go intrucks(buses) second class collective (vans) that cross the 180 highway leaving Mérida, Valladolid or Piste. Bus leaves from the Northeastern terminal of Mérida, 67 x 52 and 50; 7: 45, 9: 15, 10: 45, 12: 30 and 14: 30 schedules; It costs 23 pesos. Another option is to go by bus, leave when they are filled in front of the same terminal, on 67 street and charge 25 pesos. They take between 1 hour and a little more the big bus. From Piste or Valladolid also arrive collectives.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 9 to 18 daily. There are toilets, showers, lockers and restaurant at the entrance.
PRICE: 40 mxn (Mexican pesos).
WHAT TO BRING TO TOURIST CENOTES? Swimsuit and towel or pareo to dry after bath. A change of clothes to change, hat, insect repellent (use it after bathing if you stay in the area and there are insects). Do not forget the mask or visor (in many cenotes they rent, but that way you save it). You can access most of the tourist cenotes with flip flops, the closed shoe always gives you greater protection, it is my choice almost always. Booties or water shoes are not necessary to access the cenotes. Bring water, the heat squeezes a lot and you need constant hydration.
THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTER: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes do not use body creams, or protectors, or repellents before entering them. Go through the shower before entering the cenote. Do not hang on the roots of the trees, or touch the stalactites, or do any other idiocy that damages the place. If we learn to appreciate the natural environment we will better treat it.
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