Cenote Ik Kil

Yucatán Mexico

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“deep, breathtaking natural swimming hole”

Enjoy one of the most beautiful cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. Cenote Ik Kil is located on the highway between Chichen Itza (it’s only a couple of miles away from the archeological site) and Valladolid. This cenote is about 130 feet deep and 85 feet from the surface, so you will need to walk down a wooden stairway to reach it. Ik Kil is a round cenote with waterfalls and green vegetation hanging all the way down to the clear crystal water, which is perfect to swim and snorkel. There is a restaurant and small palapa homes for overnight stays. "Ik Kil is a well known cenote outside Pisté in the Tinúm Municipality, Yucatán, Mexico. It is located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula and is part of the Ik Kil Archeological Park near Chichen Itza. It is open to the public for swimming and is often included in bus tours. The cenote is open to the sky with the water level about 26 metres (85 ft) below ground level. There is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter and about 40 metres (130 ft) deep. There are vines which reach from the opening all the way down to the water along with small waterfalls. There are black catfish which swim in the cenote. Cenote Ik Kil is sacred to the Mayans and the Mayans used this cenote for both relaxation and ritual services." - Read More Cenote Ik Kil offers private tours which include entrance, private van & driver: "With our private tours you can decide your own pickup time and make your own schedule. No waiting on others or in long lines. This is our most comfortable, convenient and flexible tour. If you are looking to save some money, our public bus tours are a great value with daily departures from Cancun and hotels in the Riviera Maya. We can also add on a stop at Chicken Itza ruins, very near to Cenote Ik Kil."

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August 20, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is one of the more popular cenotes in the area and a perfect combo for Chicen Itza - go to the ruins first though so you can cool off with a swim in the cenote afterwards. If you have a chance, it's cool to go to some of the smaller, less popular cenotes because you share with fewer people, but Ik Kil is definitely worth visiting if you're nearby.

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October 02, 2013

Amazing place! I had booked a private tour to this beautiful place with Entertainment Plus... i had a great experience ... first we went to chichen itza and then they took us to this cenote. this is the link: http://www.entertainment-plus.net/tours/tour.asp?code=CHICHENIKKILPRIV

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July 14, 2013

so beautiful...........

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George Murray

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February 23, 2016
Rated 5.0

Chichen Itza first then hit this cenote. Definitely worth it. We did the entire thing with a tour through our hotel.

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February 22, 2016

Awesome place to jump in, because it's so hot and humid outside!! lol
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