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Cenote de las Doncellas: Learn about the history of this sacred site in Yucatan

by Sofia Navarro
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Yucatan has great stories in every tourist destination, from archaeological sites, abandoned towns, and cenotes.

The Mayans used each of these sites for different activities and ceremonies, one of the most well-known being sacrifices.

Stories narrate that it was the cenotes where they carried out these sacrifices of all types, from children to adults, where their bodies were thrown into the void.

Likewise, it is said that the cenotes of Yucatan are portals to the Mayan underworld, which has unleashed great stories about them.

Cenote of the Maidens in Yucatan

The cenotes of Yucatan have legends, from tragic love stories like Zací, as well as Sac Aua, both in the municipality of Valladolid.

Located in Valladolid, the Sac-Aua cenote is known as the only one with an island in the center and is located in the state of Yucatan.

Sac Aua is also known as the ‘cenote of the Maidens’, which makes it one of its great attractions for having stories behind this amazing place.

Local legends tell that the Mayans used this famous cenote to sacrifice maidens, being one of the sites where ancient ceremonies were performed.

Although they are purely legends, the Sac Aua cenote is very popular with tourism, has a depth of 8 meters, and different activities can be carried out in it.

How to get there?

The Sac-Aua cenote is located a short distance from the center of a town called Dzalbay, a small town to the Northeast of Valladolid.

By car, it is 30 kilometers from Valladolid and takes about 30 minutes to get there, and 15 km from the Ek Balam archaeological zone.

Likewise, a bus can be taken to Dzalbay from the municipality of Valladolid, which costs approximately 35 pesos per person, and from there, ask for directions on how to get there.

It can be visited from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the last public access at 5:30 p.m. and has an entrance fee of 75 pesos for people from Yucatan and 100 for foreigners, in addition to having other services with an extra charge.

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