Gran Cenote

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Gran Cenote, Mexico. Public Domain.
Location: On the road from Tulum to Cobá, 5 km from Tulum.
Open: All year daily 10-17, last entry 16:15.
Fee: Adults MXN 180 (USD 10).
Rent snorkeling kit MXN 80.
Classification: KarstCenote
Light: n/a
Dimension: L=30 m, W=15m
Guided tours: n/a
Photography: allowed
Address: Gran Cenote, Quintana Roo 109, 77760 Tulum, Tel: +52-984-8030809, USA Tel: +1-954-3238227, Canada Tel: +1-604-4845104.
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Gran Cenote, Mexico. Public Domain.
Gran Cenote, Mexico. Public Domain.

Gran Cenote is one of the most popular cenotes in Tulum. Despite the name this is not a single huge cenote, it is actually a series of several cenotes connected by wooden walkways. The pools are not very big, but they are connected by partly waterfilled caves which are easy to swim or snorkel. There are enough openings to the surface so no artificial light is needed. The water is very clear which makes this cenote ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Remarkable are turtles living in the water, obnviously they do not care about the swimmers.

This cenote is the main entrance to Sistema Sac Actun, the second-longest underwater cave system in the world. The cave system is called Sac Aktun (White Cave in Mayan) because of the white stalagmites in the entrance.

The place is well developed, with bathrooms and changing rooms. There are lockers to keep your belonging safe. On the other hand it can get quite crowded and is more expensive than other cenotes.