In the Hacienda Selva Maya you will find the surprising cenote Saamal, with an artificial waterfall. They have managed to give the place a different character with this waterfall that the visitor enjoys. A pleasant stop on the way.

Between Valladolid and the cenotes of Dzitnup is this old hacienda of illustrious owners of the colonial city. Run by the El Mesón del Marqués family, hotel and restaurant in Valladolid, the Hacienda Selva Maya has been restored presenting an impeccable environment to receive visitors.



In the restored large house at the entrance to cenote Saamal offer a rich buffet of Yucatecan food. They receive several groups of tourists and this buffet option is very comfortable. The place has toilets, lockers and showers for the stay in the cenote.

As my dear Rosaura reminds me, very passionate about this land and nature, the gardens that the Hacienda Selva Maya has are very beautiful. We can take a walk and observe birds in the surroundings. They have created a very pleasant space, they allow tourism.

CENOTE TIMETABLE: They open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

RESTAURANT HOURS: The buffet opens from 12 in the afternoon.

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The comfort of Hacienda Selva Maya and its good restaurant service, make Riviera Maya tours arrive. If you avoid the central hours of the safe buffet you will enjoy bathing in the Saamal cenote with fewer people.

What others Cenotes in Valladolid recommend

Many old haciendas were built near cenotes for the supply of fresh water. The former Hacienda Selva Maya cattle ranch is no exception. Today these wonderful cenotes are a tourist attraction. The good operation and service of the place make it a successful stop. The Hacienda Selva Maya and the cenote Saamal are a good complement on your route through these lands.

The very close cenotes of Dzitnup and the wonderful Oxman cenote at Hacienda San Lorenzo are its competitors in the area. The good location of the Hacienda Selva Maya and its good restaurant service for large dynamics makes it attractive to many. The Hacienda Selva Maya rents the space for events, another good service of the place.

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All the cenotes give something that catches, the Saamal cenote has its artificial waterfall. On the one hand, the waterfall occupies so much visually that it diverts you from other natural charms. Despite the artificiality of the matter, the gift of the Saamal cenote is to let the water of the waterfall fall on you while you bathe.

BUFFET AND CENOTE: adult 235 pesos / child 180 (children from 4 to 11 years old. Children under 4 years old do not pay)
Includes: buffet lunch, cenote bath, vest and locker. The buffet does not include drinks.

BUFFET ONLY: adult 199 pesos / child 140 (children from 4 to 11 years old. Children under 4 years old do not pay)
Includes: buffet lunch. The buffet does not include drinks.

ACCESS TO CENOTE: adult 80 pesos / child 60 (children from 4 to 11 years old. Children under 4 years old do not pay)
Includes: access to the cenote, vest and locker (locker)

If you are staying in Valladolid at Mesón del Marqués, an excellent hotel in Valladolid, they give you a discount for the cenote. Book at this link in the Marquis Inn.

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Visit the cenotes of Valladolid by bicycle

One option is to arrive on your own by renting a bike in Valladolid, great way to discover the surroundings of the beautiful colonial city. Change your rhythm at the stroke of a bicycle in Valladolid, you will already cool off from the heat in the cenotes.

An excellent option is to rent a bicycle in Valladolid and make a route of beautiful cenotes and haciendas around Valladolid.

Valladolid and its surroundings offer a lot. We hope you enjoy the area very much. As always we leave you below the practical information of the Saamal cenote.

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Cenote Saamal, cenotes

LOCATION: la Hacienda Selva Maya is located federal highway Valladolid-Mérida Km. 3.5 Entronque a Dzitnup, 4 kilometers from the center of Valladolid.
SCHEDULES AND SERVICES: open from 9 a.m. to 17 p.m. They offer restaurant service from 12 to 17 hours, for 235 mxn buffet, children pay 180. Drinks apart. With the restaurant service the cenote is included.
CENOTE TICKET PRICE: 80 mxn per person, children pay 60 pesos.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? To Hacienda Selva Maya Buses going towards Dzitnup stop, 15-20 minutes from the center.
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.
CONTACT: Official website of the Hacienda Selva Maya

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