Snorkeling at Grand Cenote Tulum
Starting off our last day in Tulum...
...with a sweeeet breakfast. The backpacker life isn't really fancy or luxurious, and sleeping in a 7 dorm hostel isn't always the most fun thing to do. But if there is one thing I love about the hostels (so far) it's the free breakfast they serve. The one in our hostel "Jardín de Frida" ist truly outstanding! The chef is a French guy, who is really passionate about his restaurant, you can really tell he loves his job! So in the morning, between 8 and 11 am, the hostel guests can go to the restaurant, which is a really nice garden in front of the hostel.
Garden area at the Restaurant at "Jardín de Frida"
Right there, we can get our free breakfast, including never ending coffee. Even though it's the same breakfast everyday, it is always delicious. If you feel like eating something else, you can always order from their menu. The natural, close to nature style of the hostel also reflects in their menu - no burgers, tacos, burritos or anything unhealthy can be found there, but only fresh, vegetarian, healthy cuisine, such as avocados with rice, Quinoa salad or any kind of eggs - it's amazing! So this is what we get for our daily breakfast:
Breakfast at the hostel: Crepes and bread with homemade mango and banana marmelade
Snorkeling trip to Grand Cenote
After our breakfast we worked for a bit and then started our day. Today, we wanted to see the famous Grand Cenote - a Limestone cenote and cavern where you can swim, do some snorkeling and just enjoy nature. It is like a whole in the ground filled with crystal blue water, and all kinds of animals.
The receptionist luckily borrowed us some snorkeling equipment, so we didn't have to pay for it. Then we took our bikes for the last time and biked around 20 minutes to get there. It was SO HOT again, Tulum has around 30-35°C every single day, it's almost insane! The entrance to the Cenote was 180 Pesos each, which is around 8 euros. Getting there, you have to take a shower before you get inside the Cenote.
The water was a bit colder than expected (the ocean is like a bath tub) but OMG the view and the feeling to be inside a cave is so amazing!
Grand Cenote - Tulum
Inside the Cenote - what an experience!
The water was, as expected crystal blue and really cold. Not so many people were there today, so we always had enough space to swim and dive around. It's amazing how much there was to see, even though I have to say: It's not as awesome as it looks in the internet. But still, a MUST-SEE when going to Tulum or near the area. What I found the most fascinating was all the animals you could see: Small fishes and Turtles!!! There were like a whole bunch of them swimming inside the water, just as we where, so cool!