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Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote)
Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote)

Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote)

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219 Reviews
Free admission
Quintana Roo 109, Tulum, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan, 77796

The Basics

Just outside of Tulum, the Grand Cenote is among the most accessible of the many cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula. You can visit from Tulum on your own or as part of a sightseeing, snorkeling, or scuba diving tour. Alternatively, make the trip from Playa Del Carmen on a tour that also includes Maya ruins and picturesque Caribbean beaches. Consider booking a cenote-hopping tour that hits other top cenotes in the area.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tulum

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Wonderful Experience
Jocelyn_G, Jul 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
All 3 cenotes were beautiful, pictures don’t do justice!!! Our tour guide Martin was wonderful. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, and also recommended good restaurants in the area. I highly recommend this tour. You won’t regret it!!!
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Amazing Cenotes Tour!
Jeremiah_M, Jul 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
This was a fantastic tour. Our tour guide Summer was amazing. She was very knowledgeable, fun, and showed us things we would have never known or seen if we weren’t on the tour with her. They provided us with snorkel gear and a nice snack. Definitely recommend if you are looking for an amazing time exploring some cenotes.
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Gran Cenote caves of awesome azure waters.
Wayne_T, Jul 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
The Gran Cenote swim through the caves and snorkeling in the azure pure waters was beautiful, and Summer was a marvelous guide.
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Best day of our trip!
Nancy, Apr 2021
Cenote trail jungle bike tour & 3 cenotes in Tulum with lunch
Our guide Ursela was fantastic! Knowledgeable on birds, vegetation and history. She was also lots of fun!!! The breakfast in the jungle was such a amazing place.
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Cenote Tour
Leah, Jul 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
The cenotes were breathtaking and it was such a unique experience to swim in them! Our tour guide, Summer, was personable and very knowledgeable! Definitely a must-do in Tulum!
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Best trip we’ve take’ in tulum!!!
Pier_S, Feb 2021
Cenote trail jungle bike tour & 3 cenotes in Tulum with lunch
Amazing cenotes!! The first cenote we went to had turtles and a bunch of small fish living in it! Also there is a bay cave there as well! Super wonderful and Juan (our tour guide) was absolutely amazing!!
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Nice private excursion
Kaitlin_W, Jul 2021
TULUM & CENOTE from Riviera Maya, Cancun and Tulum (Private)
Had a great time with Palo as our guide. He was knowledgeable and helpful. We got to the Tulum ruins a little after opening and beat most of the crowd that was coming in as we were leaving (I do wish I had asked if we could explore on our own after his tour). We got to spend as much time as we wanted at the beautiful Gran Cenote. The final leg was at a "Mayan Village", it was about 30 minutes drive outside of Akumal on a dirt road. We walked to an open cenote that we could swim in for an extra cost, then to a crocodile pond where we saw a large croc up close from the dock, and the last part was a very pretty private cenote that people can scuba dive in. Overall great experience!
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AMAZING and wonderful experience
Sue_C, Jun 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
My favorite part of my Mexico trip. Amazing experience and totally worth it! Visiting three different cenotes with its own charm was so fun. Definitely happy I booked this trip. And Summer was a wonderful tour guide, could not expected for any better!!! DO this with your friends and family!!!
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Private Tour
blue2629, Dec 2019
TULUM & CENOTE from Riviera Maya, Cancun and Tulum (Private)
We are a family of 11 with children and senior, that booked the tour from Puerto Morelos. Our tour guide Joel & driver Poncho were great. They were very accommodating with what we needed.
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Fun day with Mayan River Tours
Bill, Mar 2020
Tulum, Grand Cenote and Snorkel Tour
Ulysses and his team were well organized. Javier the driver had a prompt arrival to our hotel. Tulum Mayan ruins were really beautiful. The snorkeling came next. I didn’t read tour details so when I got there I found the snorkel started from a boat. There was a bit of wind so I got a bit sick because I didn’t know to take my sea sickness meds. We saw beautiful fish, awesome big turtles and stingray. Finally the Grand Cenote was nice. It is partially open and partially closed. Not too cold but refreshing. The ride back was efficient. I was glad to take the shorter tour because I was tired and glad to spend the rest of the day at my resort. Well priced tour. Viator was very helpful to verify my hotel pick up because it wasn’t on the pick list.
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Great experience!!
Irina, Jun 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
Absolutely unforgettable experience. Weather was awesome. Guide Martin is knowledgable. 4 hour tour is perfectly enough for all 3 cenotes. Would definitely do it again.
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Loved it!!!!
Kathy_M, May 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
We loved this! Our guide Martin was very caring and knowledgeable. The first Cenote was fabulous!!!! The second Cenote was only ok. The third was more like a River, beautiful with the mangroves. Would recommend a note that you must be able to swim against current. Not easy.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Grand Cenote is a must-see for nature lovers, scuba divers, and photographers.

  • You can rent snorkeling gear at the entrance or visit on a tour that provides equipment.

  • If you plan to swim, bring a towel, underwater camera, and biodegradable sunscreen.

  • There are changing rooms, lockers, toilets, and showers at the cenote.

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How to Get There

The Grand Cenote is three miles (five kilometers) outside of Tulum en route to Coba on Highway 109. You can reach the cenote by car, bicycle, or on foot from Tulum. There are also taxis and minibuses that offer transfers to the attraction. If you are staying in Playa Del Carmen or Cancun, you can reach Tulum by bus or visit the Grand Cenote on a tour that includes round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

The Grand Cenote is open daily from morning through early evening and is typically busiest at midday, so visit in the morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds. The water at the cenote is around 75°F (23°C), while the air temperature typically ranges from 75–85°F (25–30°C), making it a refreshing dip regardless of season.

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Highlights of the Grand Cenote

The ecosystem within the freshwater cavern is home to an array of plant and animal species, including bats, as well as geological formations such as stalactites and stalagmites. The lush foliage, vines, and colorful flowers create a cave-like tropical paradise. The crystal-clear water makes it easy to spot turtles and schools of fish, whether via snorkeling or from the boardwalk.

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