Cenote Oxman is hands down my favorite cenote in Valladolid and it is not to be missed during your visit! Featuring an enormous sinkhole with hanging vines, an epic rope swing and a natural freshwater pool, Oxman Cenote makes for an epic half-day adventure from Valladolid.
I have put together this complete travel guide of Cenote Oxman including where it is, how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect!
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WHERE IS CENOTE OXMAN
Cenote Oxman is one of the closest cenotes to the charming and magical town of Valladolid in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.
It’s a short 15-minute drive or a 40-minute bike ride from the center of Valladolid to reach Oxman Cenote. If you are driving or riding your bike, make sure to come from the highway because if you take the shortcut through the farmland you will have to ride through some unpaved and rocky dirt roads.
Cenote Oxman is actually located on the grounds of a hotel called Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman that features a large outdoor swimming pool and restaurant available for cenote visitors.
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Swimming pool at Cenote Oxman
HOW TO GET TO CENOTE OXMAN
If you are staying in Valladolid I would highly recommend renting a bicycle or taking a taxi from the main town to Cenote Oxman.
Bicycle rental is generally around 150 MXN per day and you can find a set of wheels at your hostel or from one of the bike rental stores in the main town.
A taxi ride from Valladolid to Cenote Oxman should be no more than 100 MXN, so if there are a few of you it works out better to split the cost. Some cab drivers will try to charge you 150 – 200 MXN but you shouldn’t pay more than 100 MXN for this short 10-minute drive.
However, keep in mind that once you are done with exploring Oxman Cenote and Hacienda San Lorenzo, there will be no taxis waiting out the front for you. That’s why getting back to Valladolid will likely cost you double the price as the Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman Hotel will have to call a taxi from town to come and pick you up.
The easiest way to get to Cenote Oxman is with your own car. If you have your own rental car, you can simply drive to Cenote Oxman and park in the gravel parking lot out the front of Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman.
Yucatan Peninsula is said to be the safest place to drive in Mexico when it comes to getting behind the wheel yourself, so it’s definitely an option to consider.
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CENOTE OXMAN ENTRANCE FEE & OPENING HOURS
Hacienda San Lorenzo offers a couple of different entrance passes when visiting Cenote Oxman:
The standard Cenote Oxman entrance fee is 80 MXN.
Or you can pay an entrance fee of 100 MXN which gives you access to the Oxman Cenote and a 50 MXN voucher to spend at the hotel restaurant.
Lastly, if you pay 150 MXN, this gives you access to everything on Hacienda San Lorenzo and a 150 MXN voucher to spend at the restaurant. This pass is a great option if you’re planning to have some drinks and food after your visit to the Cenote Oxman and hang by the pool area at Hacienda San Lorenzo.
Hacienda San Lorenzo and Cenote Oxman is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm – 7 days a week.
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Rope swing at Cenote Oxman
Hanging vines at Cenote San Lorenzo Oxman
ARRIVING AT CENOTE OXMAN
Whether you arrive by car, bike or taxi you’ll first have to pay the entrance fee at the entrance of Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman before passing through the hotel garden to where the pool is located.
Right behind the pool, you will see a viewing platform where you can get an aerial perspective looking straight down into Cenote Oxman.
If you keep on walking you will find a bar area where the showers are located and as with every cenote you are required to shower off before swimming in Oxman Cenote to remove any sunscreen, body oils or insect repellent from your body which helps to preserve the water inside.
Next to the showers, you’ll see a small entrance to what looks like a tiny hut. This is, in fact, the start of the staircase which will bring you down into Cenote Oxman.
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Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman
Cenote Oxman from above
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CENOTE OXMAN
In the past, Cenote San Lorenzo Oxman was one of Yucatan’s best-kept secrets. However, the word has got out and there are now a few tour buses that have started to make stops at Cenote Oxman.
I best recommend arriving early in the day to Cenote Oxman to avoid the crowds. You will also be able to take the best photos early in the morning before the sun hits the water inside as this tends to make it glary.
The highlight at Cenote Oxman is without a doubt the rope swing. In fact, I didn’t see a rope swing in any of the other cenotes in Valladolid that I went to. The rope swing is adequate for young and old, although the shorter kids had to be lifted up in order to reach on to the rope. But everyone that made the plunge into the water, climbed quickly back up the stairs and did it over and over again.
Cenote Oxman rope swing
Feeling like Tarzan
Epic times at Cenote Oxman
Once you make your way down the staircase, you’ll end up inside the sinkhole to what resembles an amphitheater that looks straight out into the cenote.
There are some stone benches where you’ll be able to safely leave your belongings and get ready to jump into the water.
From the top of the wall, the drop into the Oxman Cenote is about 3 meters deep. You can either jump off the edge of the platform, enter the water via the rope swing or use the staircase.
The water is about 45 meters deep with great visibility, so if you have some goggles I highly recommend taking them along with you to Oxman Cenote to take a look underneath the surface. When the sun is shining, the water is particularly clear and you can even see fish swimming around in the water.
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Oxman Cenote Valladolid
FINAL THOUGHTS OF CENOTE OXMAN
Compared to all the other cenotes in Yucatán, Cenote Oxman is still relatively untouched and uncrowded. You will also be able to combine a cenote experience with a hotel experience by laying by the pool, sipping on a cocktail and eating fresh guacamole!
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WHERE TO STAY IN VALLADOLID
Valladolid has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Valladolid to suit the needs of luxury travelers and budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Mayan Majesty Boutique Hotel
Mayan Majesty is one of the only 5-star hotels in Valladolid. Featuring a cave pool with a swim-up bar, beautiful gardens and it’s centrally located in the heart of town. Choose from a Deluxe King Room, Superior Queen Room or the King Suite each with a pool view, private bathroom, flat-screen TVs, dining table, terrace and air conditioning. A free continental breakfast is also served for all guests. Great for couples, a group of friends and families.
Mid Range: Casa Del Mayordomo
I personally stayed at Casa Del Mayordomo and can’t recommend this place enough! Located ight in the center of Valladolid and just walking distance to the main square, shops and markets. Featuring a central courtyard and swimming pool, shared dining area and a shared kitchen. The rooms are spacious with air conditioning, free wifi, private bathrooms, large comfortable beds and pool views. Free bicycle rental is also available at this hotel as well as a continental breakfast for all guests. Great place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Hostal Tunich Naj
Hostal Tunich Naj is a favorite pick amongst backpackers and solo travelers with thousands of great reviews. Centrally located in the heart of Valladolid, this budget hostel is a simple yet effective accommodation featuring dorm rooms and private rooms with free wifi, shared kitchen, private and shared bathrooms, balcony terraces and coffee machines. There is also a tour desk at the hostel where you can organise and book day tours in Valladolid.
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