Cenote Saamal

Cenote Saamal

The hidden cenote protected by a colonial hacienda

Where to go first? Somewhere with a colonial style? Go swimming in a natural sinkhole (cenote) or perhaps enjoy a delicious traditional dish? Hacienda Selva Maya has it all!
If you are planning to visit historical sites, enjoy traditional food, have fun or be amazed by natural wonders, you will be happy to know that you do not need to book these activities separately as “Hacienda Selva Maya” is the place where you can enjoy all this and more. All helped by the proximity with the magical town of “Valladolid” which is located only a five-minute drive from the beautiful natural sinkhole (cenote), “Saamal”.

Hacienda Selva Maya is a holiday complex that offers its visitors the remains of a former colonial cattle ranch, a buffet restaurant serving local and regional specialities, comfortable accommodation and one of the most visited natural sinkholes (cenote) in the Yucatán peninsula. All this surrounded by a carefully preserved natural environment offering excellent facilities and services to its visitors.
“Saamal” or “Samal” is an open to the sky natural sinkhole (cenote). It offers different services and facilities such as: Showers and changing rooms, hired lockers and safety life jackets. The cenote is accessed via a system of walkways, stairs, bridges and platforms constructed in a rustic style of wood and stone.

Above the cenote you will find a stream of water that feeds a manmade waterfall, adding atmospheric charm, inviting you to relax and feel refreshed in a uniquely peaceful and beautiful environment. You will not want to leave this beautiful place once you have experienced everything this natural location has to offer.
At “Hacienda Selva Maya” prices are very affordable. You may also enjoy the buffet in the restaurant for an additional charge and if you choose to stay as a hotel guest, you can also visit other places of interest that are nearby such as:

  • The archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cobá and Tulum.
  • Valladolid city centre where you can enjoy a walk or a bicycle ride through its colonial style streets.
  • Visit the convents and churches of the region.
  • Discover more natural sinkholes (cenotes) including Zací, Dzitnup, Ik’Kil y Samulá.

The cenote “Selva Maya” and the magical town of Valladolid are excellent examples of what you can enjoy in the beautiful Yucatán peninsula, but there is so much more to the region to explore.
Allow yourself to be amazed and go on an adventure by visiting places such as: Río Lagartos, las Grutas Balankanché, Las Coloradas and the little fishing village of “San Felipe”.
Come and enjoy the Mayan world of hidden treasures of indescribable beauty that need to be seen to be believed.

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