Cenote Suytun is arguably one of the best cenotes in Valladolid and perhaps the entire Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico! Featuring a monolithic cave filled with shallow turquoise water and an idyllic stone pathway that stretches out into the middle of this amazing cenote!
Suytun Cenote boasts such unique natural beauty and unlike any landscape that I have ever seen before. Safe to say, it’s definitely not to be missed so be sure to add it to your list of things to do in Mexico!
I have put together this complete travel guide of Cenote Suytun including where it is, how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect!
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WHERE IS CENOTE SUYTUN
Cenote Suytun is a short 15-minute drive from the center of Valladolid in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. It’s pretty close to the city center and very easy to get to.
I personally visited Suytun Cenote from Tulum which is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes drive. If you are coming from Tulum or Cancun and planning to arrive as soon as Cenote Suytun opens at 9:00 am, don’t forget to set your watch back 1 hour as there is a time difference.
HOW TO GET TO CENOTE SUYTUN
The easiest way to get to Cenote Suytun is with your own rental car and it’s safe to park in the gravel parking lot out the front near the entrance.
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.
I always use Rentalcars.com to search and book car rentals in Mexico as they generally offer the best rates.
A taxi ride from Valladolid to Cenote Suytun 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 15-minute drive.
Marveling at Cenote Suytun
Inside the cave at Cenote Suytun
CENOTE SUYTUN ENTRANCE FEE & OPENING HOURS
Cenote Suytun Mexico is not that cheap but not overly expensive with an entrance fee of 120 MXN.
Suytun Cenote opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – 7 days a week.
ARRIVING AT CENOTE SUYTUN
Whether you arrive by car, bike or taxi you’ll first have to pay the entrance fee before continuing along the path to Cenote Suytun.
The parking lot is a good indicator to know how many people you can expect within Cenote Suytun. When I visited, there were no other cars in the parking lot and sure enough, I had the entire place to myself.
There are bathroom and changing room facilities available in the park right next to the ticket office. There is also a restaurant that serves food and drinks.
There are actually two cenotes on-site at Suytun Cenote and both of them are included in the entrance fee, although the second one is often forgotten by visitors. Definitely make sure to check both of them out during your visit. If you are unsure where to go, simply ask the ticket officer to point you in the right direction of the second cenote.
Make your way down the path to Cenote Suytun to where you’ll see a life jacket renting stand. The price to rent a life jacket is an additional 30 MXN and it’s mandatory to wear one if you plan to go swimming inside the cenote.
The entrance to Cenote Suytun is via a steep concrete staircase that leads underground and to where it opens up inside the cave.
The entrance to Suytun Cenote Mexico
The stairs down into Cenote Suytun
Epic scenes inside Cenote Suytun
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CENOTE SUYTUN
The reason why Cenote Suytun is so unique is that it’s a cave cenote with a spark of natural light beaming down into the middle of the cave through a hole in the roof. The cave is pretty dark inside though there are a few hanging light bulbs lighting the way down the steps.
There’s an idyllic stone pathway that stretches out into the middle of turquoise waters that you can walk on and it makes for some great photo opportunities.
If you are wanting to see the beam of light through the hole in the top of the cave then you are best off visiting around midday because that’s when the sun is directly above and shines through. The only downside when visiting Cenote Suytun at midday is that there will be a lot more tourists around as opposed to visiting early morning.
Unfortunately, the dark conditions within the cave make it hard to get a great shot with just your phone camera so it’s best to have a DSLR camera if you want unblurry shots.
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There are various different angles to admire Cenote Suytun from and the most popular perspective is from the top of the staircase. There’s also a little platform at the end of the staircase which will allow you to have the hole in the roof in your picture.
Large stalactites inside Cenote Suytun
Idyllic stone pathway at Suytun Cenote
Another perspective of Cenote Suytun
The best time to visit Cenote Suytun is in the early morning as soon as it opens at 9:00 am. It can get very crowded with tourists swimming in the water and everyone wanting to take photos on the platform in the middle.
However, the cave itself is very spacious, like that of an amphitheater, which means that there are plenty of places to hang out and other photo opportunities to be had.
One of the most fascinating things besides the beam of light shining through is the incredible rock formations and stalactites on the roof. You can also expect to see and hear a lot of bats within Cenote Suytun.
THE 2ND CENOTE
Many people forget that there are actually two cenotes at the Cenote Suytun location and the entrance fee includes both of them so be sure not to miss it.
The second one is located near the main entrance and it’s best to ask the ticket officer to point you in the right direction.
This one is another underground cenote so you will have to walk down a concrete staircase to gain access.
What makes this cenote so unique is that it’s covered in greenery with leaves hanging all around the walls and there are even a few trees growing inside.
Unfortunately, you can’t swim in this 2nd Suytun Cenote but it’s magnificent nonetheless!
2nd cenote on-site at Cenote Suytun
Entrance to the 2nd Suytun Cenote
FINAL THOUGHTS OF CENOTE SUYTUN
My visit to Suytun Cenote was one of the best adventures I had in the Yucatan Peninsula and I can’t recommend this place enough!
Its natural beauty and unique features are what make this cenote one of the best in the area and it’s for sure not to be missed on your Mexico itinerary!
Hot Tip → Remember to get there as early as possible when doors open at 9:00 am as it’s a much better experience without hoards of other tourists around during the day. Also, try to avoid visiting on a weekend because Suytun Cenote is a popular place for the locals to hang out too.
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WHERE TO STAY NEAR SUYTUN CENOTE
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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GETTING AROUND TO THE VALLADOLID CENOTES
There a number of ways of getting around to the Valladolid Cenotes, including Suytun Cenote, and they are by car, taxi or bicycle.
In saying that, I highly recommend renting a car in Valladolid to get around as taxis are very expensive and some Cenotes are too far away from the town go by bicycle.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT VALLADOLID
The best time to visit Valladolid is during the winter season from December to April. During this time there is little to no rainfall and the temperatures are just perfect.
The rainy season in Valladolid is typically between May and October which sees higher temperatures due to the humidity. The only plus side to visiting Tulum during these months is there will be fewer tourists and prices are less inflated.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR SUYTUN CENOTE
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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