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

Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote)

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267 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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Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
$116.00 per adult
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Summer was an amazing...
Summer was an amazing tour guide! Seeing the three cenotes was nothing shy of incredible! I would highly recommend.
Hannah_L, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Tulum

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Great Cenote Tour!
Matthew_O, Sep 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
5 stars for our guide, Summer. She took us on a great cenote tour and knew all the best spots! I liked that the tour was educational and enjoyed learning about Mayan culture.
star-5
A Beautifully relaxing adventure
Olivia_W, Sep 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
My boyfriend and I were the only ones on the tour! Our guide had mentioned that the day before, the tour had 26 people! We were very excited that we had a private tour. Our guide, Summer, was very nice and was a lot of fun. We loved every minute of it!
star-5
Tulum Ruins, Gran Cenote, Kaan Luum Lagoon
YOHANA_S, Aug 2021
TULUM RISING-Early Bird Experience-Ruins-Cenote-Lagoon-Private Expedition.
Our tour guide was soooo knowledgeable. He is an anthropologist and taught us so much about the Mayan culture during our tour through the Tulum Ruins. Then took us to the Gran Cenote. And finally, to the Kaan Luum lagoon. He also showed us the best places to take photos for instagram and was super patient when we decided to take photos in all locations. This experience was a 10/10. Thank you!!!
star-5
Wonderful trip for family
alt230, Aug 2021
TULUM & CENOTE from Riviera Maya, Cancun and Tulum (Private)
Efren was just wonderful. My family enjoyed a great day out and he was very accommodating with our family of 4, which included a 4 year old and 7 year old. Very knowledgeable, professional, and really made the trip so much fun. The kids loved swimming in the cenote.
star-5
Best activity in Tulum
Love_L, Aug 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
Great experience on the cenote tour with Summer and Mariel! We visited three different cenotes, each very unique. The guides were friendly, easy going, knowledgeable, and supportive. Our favorite activity in Tulum!
star-5
Amazing Tour
Luis_R, Aug 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
Ama tour guides were very helpful, and friendly pending at all times of all group members 100% recommended
star-5
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.
star-5
Highly Recommend!
Allie_G, Aug 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
The tour company they use was excellent! Tour guide was the absolute best and it was one of the highlights of our trip.
star-5
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!
star-5
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!!
star-5
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.
star-5
Beautiful Experience
Kaitlyn_E, Aug 2021
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
This experience was absolutely amazing. Summer, our guide, was so impressive and knowledgeable about the cenotes. She takes you to three cenotes that are all very different from each other so you get a well-rounded experience. She shares facts and knowledge along the way that you wouldn’t otherwise get if you went to the cenotes on your own. She even gives you opportunities to step out of your comfort zone which was amazing. Highly recommend!

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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