…continued from Part 1 of my 5 day Tulum, Mexico itinerary
In my ideal world we would have woken up at the crack of dawn to be the first ones at the Grand Cenote just outside Tulum when it opened at 8am. We ended up compromising, had a leisurely breakfast, and went just before mid-day. Although it was theoretically possible to bike there, we opted for a quick cab ride. Entrance to the Grand Cenote was 180 pesos ($10 USD – they take dollars if you’re short on pesos like we were!) and the locker rental was 30 pesos. We didn’t rent snorkels, but to be honest we were such wimps about the cold cenote water that we probably wouldn’t have used them anyway. I was ultimately glad that we decided to go later in the day once it had warmed up more, as I probably would have had an even harder time getting myself into the water (and into the mandatory pre-swim cold shower) during the chilly early morning hours. And don’t forget to bring a towel!
I found that the best spot to take photos was past the main cenote area down a second set of stairs. Connected to the busier area by a cave you can swim through, this side of the cenote was much quieter and honestly more picturesque. With a bit of patience, I got several photos without anyone else in them, and loved how serene it felt.