Ik Kil cenote is a popular stop for bus tours on their way to the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza since there is a restaurant and store on The Premises.
Ik Kil cenote is located in the Municipality of Tinúm, Yucatán and is part of the Ik Kil archaeological Park near Chichen Itza.
Roughly 25 meters beneath the surface, this cenote is accessed via a stairway carved into the limestone rock that winds down to the swimming platform. Usually crowded with swimmers, the pool itself is about 60 meters in diameter, the water is very deep at around 35 meters.
There are vines descending from the top and little water drops constantly flow from above. There are some black catfish which live in the pool, but don’t panic, they don’t bite.
Cenote Ik Kil is sacred to the Mayans and the Mayans used this cenote for both relaxation and ritual services.
The cenote is part of a larger complex of a restaurant, store, changing rooms, and cottages for rent. There is also a Mayan ruin on the site.
Red Bull sponsored the World Cliff Diving Series here in 2010 and 2011 and 2014
While I was there I did briefly contemplate diving from the top platform, which is still considerably less than the platform at the top of the cenote that the Red Bull guys dived from. So, as I reached the top I kinda thought better of it and yes had to do the walk of shame back down, passing 10 year old kids that went up and promptly dived off.
If you plan to visit Chichen Itza our advice is get to the ruins early, ideally 8am when it opens. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find you have the place almost to yourself.
Then visit the cenote afterwards for a cool refreshing dip.
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