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Cenote picture in Tulum
Cenote picture in Tulum
Cenote picture in Tulum
Cenote picture in Tulum
Cenote picture in Tulum
Cenote picture in Tulum

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  • 100 pesos (about $5)
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

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  • 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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#2 El Gran Cenote 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 ... Read more » Matteo Colombo / Getty Images

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#4 Tulum Ruins The source of Tulum's popularity (and probably the reason you'll visit the area) are the Tulum ruins, one of the most popular Mayan archaeological sites along the Riviera ... Read more » traveler1116 / Getty Images

#5 Punta Laguna Nature Reserve Less than 40 miles north of Tulum, Punta Laguna Nature Reserve offers one of the most unique sightseeing attractions in all of the Yucatán: spider monkeys. The creatures are a ... Read more » Regina Zuyeva / EyeEm / Getty Images

#6 Muyil Archaeological Site Located on the northern edge of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (just off Highway 307), the Muyil archaeological site offers a quiet respite from the super popular, but ... Read more » carlosrojas20 / Getty Images

#7 Coba Ruins If you're on a Mayan ruins kick, you should also check out the small site at Cobá, about 30 miles north of Tulum. Cobá doesn't feature the restored ... Read more » Pierdelune / Getty Images

# Delphinus Xel-ha Read more » Adelle Adams / EyeEm / Getty Images

# Aktun-Chen Park Read more » Oleg Gutsol / Getty Images

# Cenotes Dos Ojos Read more » Simon Dannhauer / Getty Images

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Playa Paraiso is a great way to cool off after exploring the ruins. shalamov / Getty Images

Cenotes (including El Gran Cenote) are underground pools once considered sacred waters by the Mayans. Matteo Colombo / Getty Images

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The Punta Laguna Nature Reserve is a popular place to see spider monkeys. Regina Zuyeva / EyeEm / Getty Images

Among the highlights to a trip to the Muyil archaeological site is this ancient pyramid. carlosrojas20 / Getty Images

The Cobá ruins are located about 30 miles north of Tulum. The top attraction there is the Grand Pyramid, accessible via a daunting climb up more than 120 steps. Pierdelune / Getty Images

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