The Gran Cenote (Sac Aktun)

The Gran Cenote is home to spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and and a surrounding jungle landscape. The Cenote offers divers the opportunity to explore the hidden underwater world beneath the water's surface.

This ancient site is known by the Mayan people as 'Sac Aktun'. It is a popular place for adventurous scubas divers, first-time snorkelers, eager swimmers and curious observers.

Many people travel from the nearby Mayan Ruins of Tulum to enjoy the centre. If you want to experience the sensation of snorkelling in a dramatic setting, then this is definitely a great location to visit.

There are shallow areas that offer an ideal spot for beginners. Experienced scuba divers will also enjoy the opportunity to explore the intricate depths of the cenote and the hidden caves and caverns.

Mexican Cenote

Cenotes in the Mayan Riviera

Many cenotes can be found in the Yucatan Peninsula region. It took thousands of years and the combination of many geographical factors to create these naturally formed caverns.

The sites are often linked by a series of underground rivers and tunnels, creating an infrastructure of networked caves below the Mexican landscape. The formations of stalactites and stalagmites within the confined spaces of the caves are nothing short of spectacular.

These areas have been the source of inspiration and exploration for seasoned scuba divers for a long time now. It is possible that many hard to reach underground areas are yet to be uncovered.

Cenotes have now become popular tourist attractions in the Mayan Riviera. One of the reasons why is because exploring the water is a great way to cool down from the very hot weather and climate.

Scuba Diving in Mexico

Tips for Traveling to the Site

The Gran Cenote is usually open to the public between the hours of 9am to 5pm daily. The site is a quick bike ride, a short car drive or a long walk away from the local ruins.

Many visitors choose to rent their snorkeling equipment elsewhere before reaching the location. The equipment is usually cheaper to rent from most Riviera Maya Resorts than at the actual attraction itself.

The attraction provides a short but enjoyable excursion that the whole family can experience together.

There is a small sandy beach area for people who prefer to observe, there are also shallow areas for apprehensive swimmers.

You should of course show caution if you are a novice snorkeler and only venture out to the deep areas if you are an experienced scuba diver. You many also enjoy exploring the garden areas, you could stop for a picnic or look out for local Mexican wildlife.

On average most people would spend a couple of hours at the Gran Cenote.

If you're looking to make a day of it however and fancy a break from the beaches at your resort, you could travel on to the fascinating nearby ruins. You could even go on further to explore the archaeological site at Coba. This selection of activities would make a really fantastic and memorable day out on your Mexican vacation.

If you visit the site it's a good idea to bring an underwater camera to get some dramatic photographs of your day. Also don't apply suncream before your visit as it preserves the natural water and environment.

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