What catches the most about cenotes is that each one is a different space, they always surprise you. This is how it happened when we visited the cenote Sac aua, an immense open cenote where you will be amazed once more.

In the parking lot of the archaeological zone of Ek Balam, sometimes there are kids (children) who offer to explain some history or show you somewhere in the surroundings. They know the Cena Sac aua, one of the beautiful cenotes in this area. This is how we arrived years ago, now there are more indications and it is easy to go on your own to the Sac aua.

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About 8 kilometers from the junction towards Ek Balam you find the town of Dzabay, the Cena Sac aua is indicated by the road.

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Facilities and services of Cen aua Cenote

The diameter of the cenote Sac aua it is considerable, impression. The distinctive feature of this place is the sand island that forms in the middle of the cenote, with the water bordering the walls. The island is so big that when they described it to me they told me "you can even play soccer." And so it is, the space gives to play a schoolyard game inside the cenote.

The facilities of the Sac aua cenote are very good, with showers and bathrooms, as well as a well-traced path of about 400 meters, as if it were an old sacbé . On this path you can observe local flora and birds. If you enter accompanied by one of the guides who work in Sac aua, he will surely be proud to tell you about their plants (many use them for cures).

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The beautiful sprinklers of sac aua
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Sac Aua cenote island
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Characteristics of the Sac Aua cenote

The types of opening of the cenotes are classified into three types: open sky (vertical walls), semi-open (pitcher shape) and in grotto or closed (cavern shape). And a fourth that includes its final stage, the so-called ancient cenotes or watered down. Many of these are already dry, they collect water only in the rainy season.


The Sac aua cenote is an open-sky cenote, which tells us about a long-lived cenote. It is a space to enjoy the nature of its formations, the entangling vegetation and the rich crystalline waters where it is always desirable to take a bath. The cenotes fascinate by the thousand beautiful details they offer, they are like places of peace.

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The cenote has this large island of land created by the landslide itself. Its waters move along the sides, filtering through the porous rock, wearing down the walls of the cenote, giving it new forms. In the sandy area of ​​the cenote, vegetation and terrestrial life have been growing, like some turtle that inhabits the place. Sac aua is a different natural space.

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The sac aua tree descends to the cenote
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Aktun Maya: Sacred Cenote Grotto Sac aua

Besides being able to visit the cenote, they have opened another cenote and a Mayan cave. The cenote is a cavern, I have not visited it. The cave collects all the evidences of being a sacred cave in ancient Mayan times: painted animal bones, ceramics, petro-engravings and a body of water. A sacred place where you must enter with the respect of being invited for the first time to a private house.

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The secondary road that takes you through the towns in the area is entertaining. Leaving the usual routes always refreshes the traveler. So now you know, if you travel through this area, don't forget this detour on your way to the town of Dzalbay. You will never make one cenote too many, they all deserve a visit.

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LOCATION: Cenote Sac aua is located 15 km from Ek Balam, in the Dzalbay police station. From Valladolid 30 kilometers north.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?  Sure there is collective They arrive to Dzalbay, but there is no direct transport from Valladolid, for example. It is recommended to go in own car or in taxi service ..
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES from 9 to 17 daily hours. There are toilets, changing rooms and showers, also a restaurant (the restaurant sometimes does not have much food to offer)
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen (use it after bathing), closed and comfortable shoes to protect you from insect bites, some water is always good. Swimsuit and a towel or sarong to dry off after bathing. It is a good option to wear a 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 open. Little depth, maximum of 8 meters. Ideal for swimming and going with children. You can dive, there is cavern.
ACCOMMODATION: you find lodging in the town of Ek Balam.

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