Swim in the refreshing waters of this enormous and beautiful swimming hole, close to the important Mayan site of Chichén Itzá.
Cenote Ik Kil is one of the most beautiful of the natural wells that stud the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula. Tour the incredible Mayan ruins of nearby Chichén Itzá and then cool off with a dip in these vibrant turquoise waters. Get a sense of why the Mayans considered the cenotes to be sacred places.
Cenotes are deep natural swimming holes that are often joined to caves. Many of them are in wells many feet below ground level and the water-filled parts stretch far down into the depths of the earth. Leap into Cenote Ik Kil and you certainly will not be able to touch the bottom. The depth of the water in this remarkable natural pool is up to 130 feet (40 meters). The pool is also located around 85 feet (26 meters) below ground level, with sheer limestone walls rising up all around it.
Descend the staircase carved into the rock and stop at the viewing windows to take photos of the ethereally beautiful bright water and sun-dappled rock face as you go. Take advantage of the cenote’s facilities, which include showers and changing rooms.
Step into the pool, or be brave and dive from one of the many platforms provided for the purpose. Once in the water, look up at the lush green vines that dangle from above. Try not to worry if something brushes your leg. The pool is inhabited by catfish, which are completely harmless.
Imagine this magical place as it would have looked over a thousand years ago, when the Mayans conducted religious ceremonies here. Unlike the nearby Cenote Sagrada, Ik Kil is not known to have been used for human sacrifices.
Visit Cenote Ik Kil on the same day that you visit Chichén Itzá. The cenote is only a few minutes’ drive away. There is a small entrance fee. Join one of the many guided tours that includes both this cenote and Chichén Itzá and all entry fees will be included.