El Cedral
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Christin V
By Christin V
Experiences are what you make them
Feb 2022
Experiences are what you make them I guess. THere are a lot of bad reviews for this but hear me out. First off, thankfully we rented a jeep to drive here. The road is all pot holed up so having clearance and 4 wheel drive was good. My husband and I rented a car and took our own little adventure here. I'm sure if we'd gone on an excursion we wouldn't have been as impressed, thankfully we are more independent explorers so it worked out for us. There was a $12 entry fee per person, who knows if it was legit or not, whatever. It was annoying but $24 isn't going to make or break our trip. The town looks like it was once a huge tourist trap maybe 10-15 years ago and is now run down and sad looking. We didn't stop in the town, just drove through. The cenote was fun! While it's not as bright and clear and some others you see pictures of, it was clean and while there was a slight sulfur smell to the air but the water had didn't have any smell at all. Yes the water looks dark but it's 64' deep and is a little closed in so the water gets dark fast. It's perfectly clear if you look around the edges at the shallower areas. We jumped in which was fun! and we didn't smell at all afterwards which lets me know the sulfur smell wasn't from the water; it was cool and refreshing. 1 word of warning, if you don't like bats this may not be a good one for you. Since it's basically an open air cave, there are a good grouping of them sleeping under the overhang during the day.

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williamhodgins
Hawick, UK29 contributions
The problem with this review is that nearly everyone will visit this place as they pass by on the main road and then like us realise it is a terrible waste of money but by then it is too late!....$36 USD for three of us to visit a derelict village where someone runs after your car to try and sell you something......if you do read this review along with many others you will avoid!
Written 19 July 2022
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Christin V
9 contributions
Experiences are what you make them I guess. THere are a lot of bad reviews for this but hear me out.

First off, thankfully we rented a jeep to drive here. The road is all pot holed up so having clearance and 4 wheel drive was good.

My husband and I rented a car and took our own little adventure here. I'm sure if we'd gone on an excursion we wouldn't have been as impressed, thankfully we are more independent explorers so it worked out for us.

There was a $12 entry fee per person, who knows if it was legit or not, whatever. It was annoying but $24 isn't going to make or break our trip. The town looks like it was once a huge tourist trap maybe 10-15 years ago and is now run down and sad looking. We didn't stop in the town, just drove through.

The cenote was fun! While it's not as bright and clear and some others you see pictures of, it was clean and while there was a slight sulfur smell to the air but the water had didn't have any smell at all. Yes the water looks dark but it's 64' deep and is a little closed in so the water gets dark fast. It's perfectly clear if you look around the edges at the shallower areas. We jumped in which was fun! and we didn't smell at all afterwards which lets me know the sulfur smell wasn't from the water; it was cool and refreshing.

1 word of warning, if you don't like bats this may not be a good one for you. Since it's basically an open air cave, there are a good grouping of them sleeping under the overhang during the day.
Written 21 February 2022
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Betti
Annecy, France30 contributions
Couples
Attrape touristes!
Ils nous ont demandé 260 pesos per person to see the village and the cenote. When we said it was too much, they asked for two dollars to go to the village. I was ready to pay, but they he told us to get in for free.
The cenote is 20 minutes drive from the village, we didn't go there as the village was already a bad enough experience on its own.
There is nothing to see, apart from 20 souvenir shops and many people trying to sell you their stuff.
Written 27 December 2021
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Caroline L
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Family
Being charged $20 each to enter this place is a joke! I'm sure the security man made it up on the spot. Loads of places selling the usual tat. The "ruins" was literally a tiny box that had been rebuilt after a hurricane a few years ago. Sellers very pushy. The fresh coconut was the best part of the experience. Don't even start me on the cenote.... dirty, murky, stinking but fairly pleasant jungle.

Would probably skip this, as not worth it. Thank me later 😘
Written 1 November 2021
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Steve C
Charleston, SC19 contributions
Friends
Was not much to see! Just more people trying to sell you stuff you don’t need. Interesting topic of history but not a must see by any means.
Written 6 September 2021
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swimjohn18
Beavercreek, OH50 contributions
Not really worth the stop. It might be the low crowds due to COVID, but the area was very empty. And unfortunately, that meant the stores that were open were even more desperate to lure you into the shops. You pay to visit the town, then there is not much to see at the ruins and church. If you're doing a day trip around the island, I'd recommend skipping this stop.
Written 1 September 2021
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Jeff
Butler County, PA1 contribution
We traveled to this part of the island and found some shops in El Cedral. One was a Jewelry shop. i wanted to purchase some nice silver jewelry from Mexico. I paid several hundred dollars for a very nice neckless only to find it was not silver and tarnished. If you are looking for Jewelry I would steer clear of this area and try a more prominent jewelry store in town.
Written 8 February 2021
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Allotrios
Lexington Park, Maryland, United States57 contributions
Friends
El Cedral is a gorgeous little village covered in colorful flags and souvenir shops. We came to see the ruins, and Martinez (the Mayan one, not the white one) gave us a wonderful and informative tour. All he wanted in exchange was for us to look at his shop. He showed us all the beautiful and well preserved statues, told us about the goddess Ixchel, and took a photo of the jaguar inside the temple for a petite member of our group. The ruins are 1500 years old, and the town is named for the cedar trees that grow in the area and all over the ruins. Martinez was very friendly, and his shop is worth visiting!
Written 24 August 2020
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Melly B
15 contributions
Friends
El Cedral is a small town within cozumel. With ruins, tequila, merchants, this town is resonated in history. The best part is the Cenote Chempita! Literally paradise in the jungle! There is even a bar to quench your thirst after your swim. Bring a jeep or take an ATV tour in as the road is a little rough!
Written 5 March 2020
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chig2015
Guelph83 contributions
Cost $25 for two for an absolute rip off. Drove our rental Jeep on a spectaculararly bad road to the at cave... 5 minutes of interest and a charge to use the washroom. Next onto the square with all the merchants waiting and a small ruin...5 minutes...spend your money elsewhere!
Written 17 February 2020
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