Chichen Itza, El Castillo, Kukulkan Pyramid, Mayan Civilization
Cenote Sagrado
Cenote Sagrado

Cenote Sagrado (Sacred Cenote)

The Cenote Sagrado ( Sacred Cenote ) was a place of pilgrimage for ancient Maya people. Archaeological investigations support this as thousands of objects have been removed from the bottom of the Sacred Cenote, including material such as shell, gold, jade, wood, obsidian, cloth, as well as skeletons of men and children. 

The Yucatan Peninsula is a limestone plain, with no streams or rivers. The region is pockmarked with natural sinkholes ( Cenotes ) which expose the water table to the surface. 

One of the most impressive is the Sacred Cenote, which is 60 m. in diameter, and shear cliffs that drop to the water table some 27 m. below.

The legendary Sacred Cenote (natural waterhole) of Chichen ltza was special to the people for its social and religious significance. 

On occasions, the sacrifice of human life was part of the offerings made to the Water God. But, it was not as common as had earlier been imagined.