On Monday morning, we got up early to be the first to arrive at Grand Cenote. As someone who loves the water and the the entire concept of oasises [I feel like that should be 'oases' but I'm just going to roll with the former], I was basically crazed with anticipation.

In order to arrive by 8am, we took at taxi from our hotel at 7:30am. It seems as though the beach stretch of Tulum is populated by late-starters, as there was next to no traffic on the roads and we arrived with many minutes to spare. In some sort of cruel coincidence, the opening time turned out to be 8:10am... which resulted in an extended wait that basically felt like an hour. 

Well worth the wait.