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10 Best Cenote Tours from Valladolid, Mexico [2024]

Looking for the best cenote tours in Valladolid? Look no further as I’ve done all the research for you!

Valladolid is an incredibly charming town in Yucatan, known for its colonial architecture and closeness to Chichen Itza. However, not many people know that there are incredible cenotes near Valladolid that are worth visiting!

Cenotes are one of Mexico’s major attractions. They’re essentially natural sinkholes formed over the centuries and mainly fed by underground rivers. While the most famous ones are in the Riviera Maya, Valladolid is not far behind.

There aren’t many Mexico cenote tours available that actually depart from Valladolid, sadly. And of the cenote tours from Valladolid that do exist, several don’t have great reviews!

So I’ve done some research for you and selected the very best Valladolid tours.

👉 Why trust this selection of Valladolid cenote tours? My extensive travels in Mexico, which included a deep dive into the Yucatan’s magical cenotes during a six-month exploration, have honed my ability to identify truly exceptional tours. The tours I’ve chosen for this guide are carefully vetted for their knowledgeable guides, ecological awareness, and unique access to some of Valladolid’s most breathtaking cenotes.

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Limited time? These are the best options 👇

THE BEST TOUR All Inclusive Cenotes Tour
PRIVATE TOURValladolid and 2 Beautiful Cenotes Private Tour
MAYAN RUINS + CENOTESTour Chichen Itza, Cenote & Izamal

OUR PICK: The BEST Cenote Tour from Valladolid

The All Inclusive Cenotes Tour is a super-comprehensive, full-day trip that takes you to three different cenotes: Suytun, Hacienda Mucuyché, and Chichikan.

Cenote Suytun in Valladolid.

You’ll be introduced to the fascinating culture that surrounds Chichikan Ecotourism Park, and learn about the importance of cenotes for the Mayans from your friendly guide. Enjoy free time to swim in the cenotes, that boast crystal-clear, refreshing waters, and soak in their mysticism.

The 7-hour excursion will also take you to a Mayan village, where you’ll experience firsthand their traditions and rituals. Cap off the trip with a scrumptious local lunch.

👉 Why is this the best tour? It’s just the tour to dive deep into the culture and history of cenotes. You’ll visit three of the most important sinkholes in Yucatan, and learn all about them from a knowledgeable guide.

Rather than visiting one cenote and other attractions – like most tours – this excursion focuses solely on cenotes, so it’s the perfect trip to discover Mexico’s natural gems.

Read what the reviews say 👇

”This whole experience was a gem! I loved driving through beautiful Valladolid in the vintage car and watching people smile as we drove by! The park Chichikan is fantastic value for all ages. You will learn Mayan language, learn about Mayan foods and crafts and try them too! The cultural activities are well presented and fascinating, and cenote is truly breathtaking. All in all, Chichikan park is a very unique experience in the Yucatan, and not to be missed.”

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📝 This Valladolid cenote tour includes: Private transportation, a guide, entrance fees, a life vest, bottled water, and lunch. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

⚠️ Somedays this tour doesn’t appear to be available. That’s why I suggest other great tours just below (the one by bike is my favorite alternative!)

 Other GREAT Valladolid Cenote Tours

▶️ Check out the cenotes that surround Valladolid with this affordable Go Maya by Bike in Valladolid (Local Market, Cenotes, Mayan Families). You’ll get to swim at 3 of my favorite cenotes, which are unique but not as crowded as the most popular ones.

Your guide will also show you the market of Valladolid and bring you to a traditional Mayan village. A friendly family will introduce you to their traditions, teach you how to make tortillas, and offer you lunch.

The local tour operator donates 3% of your tour price to a local charity project, which is a good reason to choose this tour!

📝 This cenote tour by bike includes: All activities, equipment, a tour guide, and lunch. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This Valladolid Cenotes Tour with Lunch is a great half-day adventure. With transfers included, you’ll be visiting some of the best cenotes in the area. These include Cenotes Xcanahaltun and Palomitas, and Jardin Alak.

Discover the history of these natural sinkholes and the importance that they had for the Mayan civilization. Plus, you’ll enjoy a refreshing dip in each of them, making the most of the showers and changing rooms provided.

Refuel with a hearty lunch at Jardin Alak, and learn about the Melipona Bees.

📝 This tour includes: Roundtrip transfer, entrance fees, use of changing rooms and showers, bottled water, and lunch. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This Chichikan Cenote and Mayan Experience at Valladolid Yucatan is ideal for those with limited time: it only takes 3.5 hours! Embark on a guided tour of Cenote Chichikan and its surrounding eco-tourism park.

You’ll learn about pre-Hispanic times with a visit to a traditional Mayan village. There, you’ll witness religious rituals and sample delicious local cuisine. Finally, cool off with a dip in the fresh waters of the cenote.

📝 This cenote Valladolid tour includes: Entrance fees, a buffet lunch, a guide, and the use of lockers. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Private Cenote Tours from Valladolid

▶️ Check out this Colonial City Valladolid and 2 Beautiful Cenotes Private Tour that will let you tick off several Yucatan highlights in just one day.

You and up to 11 friends will get to swim in Cenote Zaci (a semi open cenote) and Cenote Suytun, two of the most famous sinkholes in the area. They are very different from other cenotes, so you’re in for a treat! Then, enjoy a guided tour around the town of Valladolid (which is totally underrated!)

📝 This private cenote tour from Valladolid includes: Round-trip transfers, cenote entrance fees, a guide, and a tour around Valladolid. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ The 4 Cenotes in One Day (Private Transportation) from Valladolid accommodates up to 5 people. You’ll visit four gorgeous cenotes in the region, and take a refreshing dip in them. It offers the ultimate cenote experience!

Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll get to immerse yourself in the Mayan traditions, and learn about the importance that sinkholes had in their culture. Did you know they were considered portals to the underworld?

📝 This Valladolid cenotes tour includes: Round-trip transfers, insurance, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Limited Time? A Quick Cenote Tour in Valladolid

Have little time during your Yucatan roadtrip? You can’t leave without visiting at least one beautiful cenote! Make the most of your time by choosing this 2-hour Experience to the Mayan Underworld (Cavern-Cenote).

It combines swimming in a unique sacred cenote with an introduction to the 9 levels of the Mayan Underworld. You’ll also take part in an ancient Mayan ceremony, and indulge in a typical, organic dinner.

📝 This cenote Mexico tour includes: A guided tour, entrance fee, Mayan ceremony, and dinner. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Chichen Itza & Cenote Tours from Valladolid

If you’re based in Valladolid, you’ve got around you some of the most incredible Mayan ruins in all of Mexico. Therefore, going on a day trip that combines archaeology with the area’s best cenotes is definitely a good idea!

▶️ The Valladolid Collective Tourist Transport Chichen Itza & 2 Cenotes is the perfect combo adventure. Your day starts with a trip to one of the world’s most important archaeological sites.

You’ll tour around the ruins of Chichen Itza on your own, marveling at the structures and their history. Then, hop back on the air-conditioned vehicle to visit two cenotes. Again, you’ll have free time to enjoy them before returning to Valladolid.

📝 This tour of Chichen Itza + Valladolid cenote includes: Transfer service with hotel pick-up and drop-off, and travel insurance. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This Private Transportation (Chichen Itza + 3 Cenotes) from Valladolid is solely for you and up to 4 other friends. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and safely driven to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.

Enjoy free time to roam at your leisure (or hire a guide at the entrance), and then return to the vehicle. Your next adventure awaits: a visit to 3 stunning cenotes. You’ll get to swim and relax in the natural sinkholes that meant so much to the Mayans!

📝 This tour includes: Roundtrip transportation from your hotel, and travel insurance. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ For a full-day excursion, choose this Tour Chichen Itza – Cenote – Izamal from Valladolid. You’ll reach Chichen Itza and enjoy a comprehensive guided tour around the ruins (entrance excluded).

Then, visit the sacred Cenote Yokdzonot for a refreshing dip, and then enjoy a scrumptious local lunch to refuel. Finally, you’ll make your way to Izamal, one of Mexico’s Magical Towns.

📝 This tour includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, a guided tour of Chichen Itza, entrance to the cenote, a visit to Izamal, bottled water, and lunch. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

And this is it! I hope that with this list of the best Yucatan cenote tours from Valladolid, Mexico I made your life just a little bit easier. Enjoy!

Valladolid Cenote Tours FAQs

What’s the best tour of cenotes in Valladolid?

In our opinion, these are the best cenote tours in Valladolid:
Go Maya by Bike in Valladolid (Local Market, Cenotes, Mayan Family)
All-Inclusive Cenotes Tour

How do you get to cenotes in Valladolid?

You can drive from the town, plan your own bike tour from Valladolid (you’ll find plenty of rental shops!), or join a tour such as the All-Inclusive Cenotes Tour.

What are the closest Mayan ruins to Valladolid?

Ek Balam Ruins and Chichen Itza are two spectacular archaeological sites located very close to Valladolid.

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.