The Zací Cenote in Valladolid Yucatán is a must see in the city. Zací means white hawk, and it was the name of the pre-Hispanic city where, on its ruins, Valladolid Yucatán was founded in 1542.
This cenote is located a few steps from the main park of the city; It is one of the largest open pit in the Yucatan peninsula.
This cenote was important for the pre-Hispanic settlement and it is said that it did not have a ceremonial use like the Chichen Itzá cenote, but was for water supply, and it is documented that it worked in this way until the 19th century. By the 20th century it was already used as a popular spa.
Can you swim in El Cenote Zací in Valladolid Yucatán?
The hue of the water varies, ranging from blue to slightly greenish, depending on the time of year. The water mirror measures 35 meters long by 25 wide and has a maximum depth of 40 meters.
The cenote has become a tourist hostel.
The vault is adorned by colorful stalactites, being a very visited cenote due to its beauty and history. At the top is a restaurant specializing in Yucatecan food. It is a unique experience, this because you can see the great vault and the water mirror; this restaurant has events at different times of the year.
He has done concerts inside the cenote and in the area of the cenote gardens, in the same way, celebrations for the dead are organized from altars, to concerts in the small theater that he has in the cenote area.
It has a handicraft area and a great restaurant that has been serving regional Yucatecan food for decades. Initially many local people attended and later for tourists who visit Valladolid, all this at quite affordable prices.
TIPS to visit the Zací cenote:
- Don’t wear sunscreen or any other cream or lotion. This is due to the fact that these agents pollute the water of the place.
- Arrive early, since due to its location, it is usually very crowded in the afternoons.
- Do not take many things, it is always more comfortable to visit a cenote carrying only a small backpack or backpack.
Photos: Melissa Abonce