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Ik Kil Cenote near Chichen Itza, cenote in Valladolid

Cenote Ik-Kil captivates with its remarkable beauty. The water displays a mesmerizing shade of deep blue-green, while the cenote itself is enveloped by a verdant landscape adorned with vines and ferns. With a diameter of approximately 60 meters and an astonishing depth of 40 meters, the cenote offers a breathtaking sight. One can witness fish gracefully swimming in the crystal-clear water, and if fortune smiles upon them, they might even catch a glimpse of a turtle or two.

With a profound cultural heritage reaching back to the era of the Mayans, Cenote Ik-Kil carries a significant historical narrative. The waters held sacred significance, as the Mayans revered it as the abode of their rain deity, Chaac. In order to appease this god, they conducted human sacrifices within its depths. Over time, archaeologists and speleologists have discovered remnants of this ancient practice, such as bones and jewelry, concealed in the profound waters of the cenote. Ik Kil cenote is one of the ebay cenotes to go to near Chichén Itzá. Its proximity to the archeological site makes it a perfect stop to go to refresh and relax after a hot day walking through the Mayan Ruins.

How to get to Cenote Ik-Kil.

Chichén Itzá to Cenote Ik-Kil.

You can drive to cenote Ik Kil or get there as part of a private tour to Chichen Itza. Driving time is around 10 minutes to Cenote Ik Kil, a cenote near Chichén Itzá.

Cancun to Cenote Ik-Kil.

The easiest way to get to Cenote Ik-Kil from Cancun is by car. You can rent a car or book a private tour that drive you there. The private tour includes the 3 hour drive to the cenote, the drive to Chichen Itza, and any stop you want to add. The whole tour lasts 10 hours. This is an ideal option especially if you travel with a group.

Tulum to Cenote Ik-Kil.

Driving time to Cenote Ik-Kil from Tulum is 2 hours. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Playa del Carmen to Cenote Ik-Kil.

Driving time to Cenote Ik-Kil from Playa del Carmen is 2 hours. You can rent a car, a taxi, or book private transportation to avoid any hassle.

Cenote Ik-Kil admission Fee.

Admission fee to Cenote Ik Kil is $100 MXN for adults, and $40 MXN for children.

Cenote Ik-Kil Opening hours.

Cenote Ik Kil is open from Monday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

Inclusions and recommendations for Cenote Ik-Kil

  • Cenote Ik Kil has a restaurant that offers local dishes and beverages.

  • Cottages are available for rent.

  • Available parking lot.

  • Rent of lifejackets is available at the site.

  • The use of any sunblock is forbidden when getting into the cenote. Remember to rinse off any lotion you may have on before swimming in the cenote.

FAQs about Cenotes

  1. What’s a “cenote”?

    Cenotes are underground caves that contain deep waters, created where a cave ceiling has collapsed. Cenotes were the Mayan civilization's only source of water in the jungle and are considered sacred by the Mayan people. The Mayans perceived these natural pools as an entrance to their "underworld" or "Xibalba" where their gods still exist and their spirits live after death.

  2. Can you swim in a cenote?

    In most of them yes! You’re always welcome to swim in a cenote, but some may be restricted to the public due safety measures. You may also encounter cenotes like the Sacred Cenote in Chichén Itzá, that hold a very special value for the culture and are not open for swimming.

  3. How deep are cenotes?

    Some cenotes in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan can go as deep as 10 to 40 meters (32 to 131 ft).

  4. How many cenotes are in Yucatan?

    There are around 7,000 cenotes in Yucatan, and only 142 are available to visit, which means that 98% of the Yucatan cenotes are still unexplored.

Photos of Cenote Ik-Kil.