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How to Visit Cenote Secreto Maya

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You’ve come to the right place! In this article I share everything you need to know before visiting this stunning natural swimming hole. I had the opportunity to experience Cenote Secreto Maya on my recent trip to Valladolid and it ended up being one of my favorite cenotes I’ve ever visited.

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🇲🇽 My Valladolid Favorites ☀

🥾 Exprience Chichen Itza: Don’t miss Mexico’s most iconic ruins, they’re just 45 minutes away! Visit independently or book this Chichen Itza and Izamal day trip with a local guide.

👙 Cenote Hopping: Valladolid is home to the most beautiful cenotes I’ve ever see! Cenote Xcanahaltun and Cenote Secreto Maya are the best, but Cenote Saamal and Dzitnup are some other great options closer to town.

👟 Wander along Calz. de Los Frailes: Valladolid’s most picturequse street, lined with colorful buildings housing vintage shops, cafes, bars, and plenty of hidden gems.

💒 Visit Uayma Church: This gorgeous church’s facade is like nothing else I’ve seen in this part of Mexico! It is 15 minutes outside of Valladolid and definitely worth the drive just for a look!

🙏🏼 Convento de San Bernardino de Siena: Step inside this picturequse pink convent during opening hours and come back in the evening for a lights show about the history of Valladolid (usually at 9pm).

🌿 Where to Stay: A modern boho jungleside suite at Olbil Hotel Boutique, a mid-range room at Zentik—a hotel with an underground cave pool, or a suite with a private hot tub at centrally-located Casa Tia Micha.

Find more of my Valladolid favorites and Mexico travel tips at the bottom of this article!

Visiting Cenote Secreto Maya in in Yucatán, Mexico

Cenote Secreto Maya has to be one of my top two favorite Valladolid cenotes! It rarely fills up with tourists the way other Valladolid cenotes do, and it is absolutely breathtaking (photos just don’t do it justice)!

The 52-meter-deep cenote is also the widest open cenote I visited in Valladolid, and you don’t have to wear a lifejacket which makes the experience so much more enjoyable for me!

It is a great place to hang out and swim because there are several jumping platforms of varying heights and a rope swing. The highest jump you can do is 69 feet (23 meters) from ground level above the cenote! I wouldn’t recommend it as jumping from that height is too risky in my opinion… but it is entertaining to watch others jump off!

It’s also worth mentioning that you can stay the night onsite in one of Cenote Secreto Maya’s thatched-roof suites. You get unlimited access to the stunning cenote, onsite pool, caves, bar, and restaurant.

Cenote Secreto Maya Information

🌿 Cenote Features: Vibrant blue water, hanging vines and green foliage, several cliff jumping platforms and a rope swing
💧 Cenote Type: Open cenote with deep blue water
💵 Entrance Fee: $250 MXN per person, pay onsite with cash or card
🌊 Included With Entry Fee: Access to cenote, optional life jackets, changing rooms, bathrooms, and grounds
🍔 Other Amenities: Onsite restaurant and bar, swimming pool, massages,
⏰ Opening Hours: 10am-5pm, open daily
🗺 Address: Km 9 carretera Yalcobá – Xtut A 2 km del parque Xibalbá, 97794 Yuc., Mexico

Cliff jumping at Cenote Secreto Maya in Yucatan Mexico

Thrilling cenote cliff jumping!

Things to do at Cenote Secreto Maya

🛟 Float in the deep blue pool: Swimming in the 52-meter-deep pool is the best thing to do here! There is a rope tied from one end of the cenote wall to the other so you can hold on if you’d like. You’re also able to use floatie rings that they have, or bring your own floaties.

💦 Jump in: There are several jumping platforms, some just a few feet high, all the way up to the 23-meter (69-foot) high platform at the top of the cenote. I jumped from the smaller platforms, including the 7-meter platform!

👙 Try out the rope swing: Fly over the gorgeous blue water on a 7-meter high rope swing!

🙏🏼 Dare to jump from 69 feet (23 meters): Jumping from here would surely be an unforgettable experience! Keep in mind that you do have to sign a liability waiver before jumping as the staff recognize the risk of such a high jump.

🪢 Rappel down the cenote wall: A once-in-a-lifetime experience you can book in advance at Cenote Secreto Maya!

🍹 Enjoy the other onsite amenities: You’ll also find a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, spa, and several other amenities at this natural park!

Spending the Night at Cenote Secreto Maya

For unlimited access to the cenote, spend the night at Cenote Secreto Maya’s thatched roof suites!

Since there is an onsite restaurant, bar, spa, and pool, plus hammocks and a beautiful property to explore, you’ll be in for a treat! One of the perks of spending the night is that you can enjoy a private night swim in the cenote under the stars. Given that almost all cenote parks close before dark, this is a unique opportunity you shouldn’t pass up!

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How to Get to Cenote Secreto Maya

Cenote Secreto Maya from Valladolid (36 minute drive)

🛵 Scooter: Rent a scooter for the day and explore the area’s best cenotes! This is probably the best way to do it if you want the freedom to visit several cenotes without paying for a rental car. Reserve a scooter in advance here. I recommend using Google Maps for directions.

🚙 Rental Car: You can also drive a rental car if you’re in a bigger group, or if you aren’t comfortable driving a moped. I recommend using Google Maps for directions.

🚕 Taxi: Local taxi drivers will happily take you to nearby cenotes, including Cenote Secreto Maya. Just be sure to ask for the cost in advance and ask them to wait for you and give you a roundtrip ride.

Related: The Perfect Valladolid, Mexico Itinerary: 1-7 Days

Cenote Secreto Maya from Cancun & Isla Mujeres (2 hour 20 minute drive)

🚙 Driving (expect tolls): Depart from Cancun Centro, and drive west on highway 180D (Kantunil – Cancun) for about 2 hours, toward Valladolid. Once you get to Valladolid, you’ll have to switch highways and then head on the backroads to the cenote. I recommend using Google Maps for directions.

🚍 ADO Bus: You can travel between Cancun and Valladolid via ADO Bus. Check schedules and reserve your seat with ADO online, or head to the ADO station in Cancun for more info. Upon arrival, get a taxi to Cenote Secreto Maya.

Planning tip: Secreto Maya Cenote is in a different timezone than Cancun & Isla Mujeres.

Related: 12 Cancun Hidden Gems: Cancun Off The Beaten Path

Cenote Secreto Maya from Playa del Carmen & Cozumel (2 hour 20 minute drive)

🚙 Driving (expect tolls): Depart from Playa del Carmen downtown and drive northwest along highway 305D (Playa del Carmen – El Tinta) toward Valladolid. After about an hour and 15 minutes, you’ll get onto 180D (Kantunil – Cancun) west toward Valladolid. Once you get to Valladolid, you’ll have to switch highways and then head on the backroads to the cenote. I recommend using Google Maps for directions.

🚍 ADO Bus: You can travel between PDC and Valladolid via ADO Bus. Check schedules and reserve your seat with ADO online, or head to one of the two ADO stations in Playa del Carmen for more info. Upon arrival, get a taxi to Cenote Secreto Maya. Keep in mind that the ADO bus to Valladolid from Playa del Carmen may stop in Tulum first, which will make the journey longer.

Planning tip: Cenote Secreto Maya is in a different timezone than Playa del Carmen & Cozumel.

Cenote Secreto Maya from Tulum (1.5 hour drive)

🚙 Driving: Depart from Tulum Centro on highway 109 north toward Coba. In Coba exit the main traffic circle onto Chemax – Cova toward Valladolid. In Chemax, turn left onto highway 180 (Carr. Costera del Golfo). Once you get to Valladolid, you’ll have to switch highways and then head on the backroads to the cenote. I recommend using Google Maps for directions.

🚍 ADO Bus: You can travel between Tulum and Valladolid via ADO Bus. Check schedules and reserve your seat with ADO online, or stop by the Tulum ADO station for more info. Upon arrival, get a taxi to Cenote Maya Secreto.

Planning tip: Cenote Secreto Maya is in a different timezone than Tulum.

Cenote Secreto Maya from Merida (2 hour drive)

🚙 Driving (expect tolls): Follow highway 180 (Carr. Costera del Golfo) southeast all the way from Merida to Valladolid, then follow Google Maps directions to Secreto Maya Cenote.

🚍 ADO Bus: You can travel between Merida and Valladolid via ADO Bus. Check schedules and reserve your seat with ADO online. Upon arrival, get a taxi to Secreto Maya Cenote.

Woman standing on jumping platform at Secreto Maya Cenote

The 7-meter jumping platform at Cenote Secreto Maya!

What to Bring to Secreto Maya Cenote

👙 Bathing suit: It is such a special experience to swim in this breathtaking cenote, be sure to bring a swim suit. I also had goggles for diving underwater, but there isn’t much to see down there!

💦 Travel towel: I love this fast drying, sand resistant travel towel. I bring it everywhere!

📷 GoPro or waterproof phone case: I have a GoPro Hero11, which has 27 megapixels and screens on both sides, and I love it! But keep in mind that it is quite difficult to get photos in here because of the lighting.

🩹 Travel insurance: While it is not a physical item to pack, please don’t forget to purchase travel insurance in case something happens! I always buy a policy with SafetyWing.

🎒 Dry bag: A dry bag like this can be very helpful!

Do not bring/use sunscreen, insect repellant, etc. before swimming in any cenote.

Other Things to do Near Secreto Maya Cenote

Cenote Secreto Maya is sort of in the middle of nowhere, but there are several other things I recommend doing in the areas if you make the trek out here!

🛟 Xcanahaltun Cenote: Just a few minutes down the road, Xcanahaltun Cenote is my favorite cenote in Valladolid! If you’re in the area, I highly recommend you visit both as they quite different and both beautiful in their own way. Xcanahaltun is a covered cenote with stunning stalactites hanging from the ceiling like chandelier, and it also has a large opening in the ceiling where light sneaks in to glisten on the turquoise waters below. Read my full guide to Cenote Xcanahaltun.

🥾 Ek Balam: Often overshadowed by the famous Chichen Itza ruins nearby, Ek Balam archaeological site is an important ancient Mayan city with temples you can still climb! It is located in the same general area as Cenote Secreto Maya, but the two spots are 35 minutes apart on backroads.

💧 Other Cenotes: There are a handful of other cenotes scattered around the area. Browse on Google Maps and maybe you’ll even find your own hidden gem cenote!

Photo of Valladolid streets, with link to Valladolid travel itinerary

Where to Stay in Valladolid

🌿 Olbil Hotel Boutique: This luxurious boutique hotel is full of jungle charm and it is just minutes away from the historical center of Valladolid.

🌺 Zentik Project: This unique hotel features a 24-hour saltwater cave pool, plus another pool above ground, a spa, and an onsite restaurant and bar.

☀ Casa Tia Micha: Stay in the heart of historical Valladolid at this highly-rated boutique hotel.

My Favorite Things to do in Valladolid

🥾 Exprience Chichen Itza: Don’t miss Mexico’s most iconic ruins, they’re just 45 minutes away! Visit independently or book this Chichen Itza and Izamal day trip with a local guide.

👙 Cenote Hopping: Valladolid is home to the most beautiful cenotes I’ve ever see! Cenote Xcanahaltun and Cenote Secreto Maya are the best, but Cenote Saamal and Dzitnup are some other great options closer to town.

👟 Wander along Calz. de Los Frailes: Valladolid’s most picturequse street, lined with colorful buildings housing vintage shops, cafes, bars, and plenty of hidden gems.

🌊 Visit Uayma Church: This gorgeous church’s facade is like nothing else I’ve seen in this part of Mexico! It is 15 minutes outside of Valladolid and definitely worth the drive just for a look!

💒 Convento de San Bernardino de Siena: Step inside this picturequse pink convent during opening hours and come back in the evening for a lights show about the history of Valladolid (usually at 9pm).

More Yucatan & Quintana Roo Travel Guides

✨ The Ultimate Bacalar Itinerary: 1-7 Days in the Lagoon of Seven Colors

☀ 12 Cancun Hidden Gems: Cancun Off The Beaten Path

🚤 Ultimate Guide: Muyil River Float and Mayan Ruins

🛵 The Ultimate Guide to Renting a Scooter in Cozumel

🐢 How to Visit Xcacel Beach Turtle Sanctuary Near Tulum

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Final Thoughts: Cenote Secreto Maya, Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid’s Cenote Secreto Maya is certainly one of the most breathtaking cenotes I’ve ever seen, and its my favorite place to swim in the Valladolid area! Of course, if you do make it to the area, be sure to also visit nearby Cenote Xcanahaltun which is another favorite of mine. And as you plan your Mexico travels, be sure to check out my other Mexico travel guides.

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