What to expect at Gran Cenote Tulum
When you’ve payed the entrance fee and enter the terrain of the Gran cenote, you’ll see a beautiful kind of garden with a lawn, hammocks, changing rooms and showers.
It is mandatory to shower before you enter the Gran cenote so all chemicals and oils such as sunscreen or mosquito repellent are washed off. With this, you protect the ecosystem of the cenotes. There’s even a clear sign saying to not use any sunblock or sunscreen because it damage the fragile ecosystem of the cenotes. So keep this in mind; don’t put any sunscreen or mosquito repellent on you when visiting the cenotes in Mexico!
There are two entrances into the Gran cenote which are connected with a boardwalk. The first entrance you’ll see, gives access to the big, main pool. But if you walk a little bit further, you’ll see another stair going down to the second, smaller cenote. The water in the Gran Cenote is connected underneath the cave, so you can swim from one side to the other. But the second smaller cenote is much quieter and an oasis to relax for a bit.
It is fun to swim and snorkel around in the cenote. You can admire the beautiful rock formations underneath the water. But also keep an eye on the roof of the cenote, because there might be bats hanging around!