Gran Cenote Azul, at the southern endo of Mexico’s Riviera Maya,is one of the most famous and most beautiful.
The adventurous like to make a splash by jumping or diving off the 15 foot “cliff”. For children or the more timid, there are steps leading into the cenote, and a rope lets you hang on if you need a break from swimming.
LOCATION: Gran Cenote Azul is located just past Cenote Cristalino on the route of the centoes. On the way from Playa del Carmen – Tulum.
OPENING HOURS: Summer: 8.30am – 6.30pm. Winter 9am – 5pm.
SNORKELLING: You can rent the equipment at the check in desk
DIVING: You can dive here, please bring your Open Waters Certification
ENTERANCE COST: 70 pesos for adults and 40 pesos for children. For local with ID 50 pesos per adult and 25 pesos for children
TIP: you are only allowed to use biodegradable sun block. If you don’t have any, you can buy some at the check in desk.
The stalactites and stalagmites that form inside the cenotes are true natural works of art. In many, holes in the ceiling allow the sunlight to filter into the cenotes, giving the scene a magical feeling. Cenotes were an important source of fresh water for ancient Mayas and also were considered to be the portals to the Mayan underworld, the realm of gods.
An estimated six thousand cenotes have been found in the Mexican states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo. Many cenotes have become famous touristic destinations, such as Tres Bocas (The three mouths), Cristalino (Cristaline), El Jardin de Eden (The Garden of Eden), Dos Ojos cenote(2 eyes) Yax Mul, Gran Cenote Azul (Blue Cenote) and the most known and mysterious one – the Sacred Cenote or the “Well of Sacrifice”.