Price & Hours
- Natural Wonders, Swimming/Pools Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Considered sacred waters by the Mayans, the expansive El Gran Cenote is an underground cavern that is ideal for swimming and diving. Here you can swim, snorkel and dive amid some pretty cool geological features, including stalagmites and stalactites, while bats and birds flutter overhead.
Located about 10 minutes outside of central Tulum, this cenote can get particularly crowded, so arrive early for the best atmosphere. To get there, drive or take a taxi toward Cobá until you see the Gran Cenote sign on your right. Despite the crowds and the high prices, most travelers were pleased with their experience and recommended devoting a couple of hours to a stop here. Many said this was the perfect antidote to the heat and humidity of the Coba ruins. However, if you're looking for a less crowded atmosphere, consider other spots like the Dos Ojos Cenote or the Cenote Cristal.
Recent visitors highly recommend snorkeling while you're here, and others point out that bringing your own snorkeling gear will help keep the price down. Several visitors also appreciated that there are lockers available to store your valuables while you explore (though you'll have to fork over extra pesos for the storage). Guided tours and dives are available. The cenote welcomes visitors from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Entrance to the cenote costs 180 pesos (or about $9.50). This does not cover any equipment rentals.
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