Just before discovering Paradise on Earth we went to swim in a nearby cenote, the Gran Cenote in Tulum. It was the first time we tested out our newest toy: GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition – much more on that very soon.
We took a colectivo from Playa del Carmen – they are local mini busses you share with other people. It’s very inexpensive to use them to travel around in Mexico – but you have to wait for it to be full, so it can be very unpredictable.
However, we actually waited in line with a bunch of other people for a colectivo. It filled up immediately and we were on our way to Tulum.
Along the way we dropped off people and collected a few as well. People would simply wave at the coletivo from the side of the road to be picked up by a colectivo.
It’s a very interesting and uncomplicated way of getting around – but also a huge culture shock to Danes like us. There were no seatbelts and the driver drove more than 100 km/h most of the time. It felt a little unsafe but it’s just how you do things in Mexico.
Ready to board the colectivo for Tulum
About an hour later, we arrived in downtown Tulum. The fare from Playa del Carmen to Tulum with the colectivo was 40 pesos pr. person (that’s only $3 USD!).
From Tulum we caught a taxi to the Gran Cenote – the fare was 60 pesos in total.
We arrived at the cenote quickly and paid the entrace fee of 120 pesos ($9 USD) pr. person. The cenote looked extremely beautiful but the entrance was a bit expensive for what it was.
Mexico is said to have about 6,000 cenotes, of which only 2,400 has been discovered. Many of them are privately owned and used for water supply.
But some of them are being turned into tourist attractions and it’s happening more and more. The Gran Cenote is known to be one of the more expensive cenotes, but the water is gorgeous compared to some of the others we’ve seen.
A cenote is a natural sinkhole and extremely beautiful from above as well as in the water. We quickly went down and changed for our swimsuits and jumped in.
Jonas and I rented a snorkel and a mask to share and it was 80 pesos ($6 USD) – we also rented a locker there to put our stuff in, and I honestly can’t remember how much it was. Maybe around 30 pesos.
We were so eager to test out our new GoPro! And so we filmed our first video. The GoPro comes in a waterproof case that you can dive with down to 40 m! That’s pretty deep – so this camera is perfect for underwater filming.
You can watch the video below with some cheesy music I found. ;) It’s not perfect – we clearly have a lot to work on with this. But on the other hand: it was so much fun! And we’re happy with our GoPro since it allows us to show you all what happened in the Gran Cenote in Tulum.
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