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Ik Kil Cenote

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Ik Kil Cenote
  • (interesting)
  • less than 1 km
  • Easy
  • Low
  • 3 hours
  • 1 1

The most impressive cenote in Mexico

97751 Chichen-itza, Yucatán

The state of Yucatan in Mexico has no rivers; to make up for this fact, nature has blessed this piece of land with beautiful cenotes – natural sinkholes that expose water underneath the soil.


One of the most well-known and beautiful cenotes in Mexico is Ik Kil – commonly referred to as “Sacred Blue Centoe” located only three kilometers away from Chichén Itza, making it a perfect destination to cool off in after exploring one of the seven New World Wonders.


The cenote is made of porous limestone and it is surrounded by exotic flora, wild fauna such as monkeys, deer and frogs, as well as different species of birds such as toucans and parrots.


Ik Kil has a depth of 39 meters (128 feet) and is 60 meters (197 feet) wide, making it one of the largest cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula.


The freshwater inside the cenote is crystal-clear and visitors can swim in it while admiring the ecosystem beneath them. There are two ways in: the way in is to climb down a rock ladder and the second one is to simply jump from the top. There are several balconies located at the top to view and admire the cenote from above.


The walls are covered by wild flora and they have holes through which freshwater comes in, creating beautiful waterfalls.


Several Mayan objects have been found inside the cenote and Ik Kil is believed to have been a sacred place for them where several sacrifices took place in.

Opening hours

8:00 - 17:00

How to get there

Take a bus to Chichen Itza from any of the nearby cities such as Cancun or Merida. Buses leave at approximately 9:00am; the best company to book them through is ADO.
From Chichen Itza, you can walk to the cenote or take a shuttle bus.