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

Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote)

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195 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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Unlike any other tour experience
Julianna_G, May 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
The tour was amazing and our tour guide was even more amazing!!! So knowledgeable without feeling super touristy! Definitely recommend doing any tour with this company!!
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Great trip
Cortney_C, May 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. The transportation was comfortable and they showed a good variety of cenotes.
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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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Fun Adventure
Ivan_M, May 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
Great tour and great experience! Our guides were very knowledgeable about every cenote we visited. Swimming through Gran Cenote is amazing and learning about the system underneath the Yucatán was very interesting. Thank you Martin and Summer for such an exciting adventure
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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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Magical tour of the Beautiful Cenotes!!
Joanne_C, Apr 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
What an amazing way to see a few of the beautiful Cenotes Mexico has to offer. Marteen our guide was the best, very friendly, professional diver, expert in the knowledge of all the Cenotes, and gave great local tips of where to eat and visit. Would definitely reccomend this tour, especially if you to see more than one of the thousands magical Cenotes!
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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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Awesome time with Anna and Mario
Kaitlan G, Aug 2019
TULUM & CENOTE from Riviera Maya, Cancun and Tulum (Private)
My girlfriends and I were on a bachelorette trip to Tulum and went on a ruins/cenote day trip with Anna. She was an amazing guide, so sweet and knowledgeable. We were able to have things move at a pace that worked for us. The cenote was beautiful and relaxing. Our driver, Mario, then suggested a great local place in Tulum city for some lunch tacos! Would highly recommend this day trip if you have some free time in Tulum, we definitely enjoyed!
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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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Los tres cenotes
Amaya_E, Apr 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
Great expetience! the 3 cenotes were beautiful and totally different, what makes the expetience even better, it is designed for every preference. Martín was an excellent guide who took care of all my family, specially my youngest son. I totally recommend this activity.
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Fun trip
Cindy_W, Apr 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
The beauty of the cenotes was amazing. The first one was the best. While we were at the second cenotaph I had a massage while the teens swam. So relaxing! Tania was great as a guide. We booked another trip with her.
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Biking through the Cenotes! Amazinggggg
Melissa_A, Jan 2021
Cenote trail jungle bike tour & 3 cenotes in Tulum with lunch
Huan was amazing! The trip started with us meeting at the office and biking to the first cenotes! You do bike on a busy rode so be careful! the first cenotes was beautiful! That is the only one with life jackets tho so If you can’t swim, they have life jackets at this one! Beautiful scenery! We then biked to brunch in the jungle! A hut owned by a French man! Coffee was provided and a light brunch. We then biked to the other cenotes...which was rough. lol Very muddy and rocky but we made it through with Huans help! All in all it was great!

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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