View from inside.
A cenote (a Mexican Spanish word) literally means a deep natural well formed by collapse of surface limestone that exposes the groundwater underneath. A lot of cenotes are found in Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Historically, it is said that cenotes were used by Mayans to make sacrifices.
Stairs that bring you to the base. Does this remind anyone else of Hogwarts?
Today, a cenote is a natural wonder that amazes tourists visiting Mexico. I was astounded by this beautiful natural creation. It was almost surreal. We visited Ik Kil cenote located very close to Chichen Itza. The cenote is located in a private complex that has a restaurant, shop, cottages for rent and some Mayan ruins.
The swimming platform. On busy days, there is a long line of people waiting for their dive
Lots of vines and creepers
It is cool inside. The water is in its pure, natural form and is full of black catfish. You swim with them. There are vines all the way from the opening of the cave at the top till the surface water. A platform has also been built from where people can jump and dive into water. Swimming is a totally unique experience here. I badly regretted not being able to swim as I stayed out of water and watched everyone have fun.
Swim with black catfish
Looking down into the cave
If you visit Chichen Itza, Ik Kil cenote must not be missed. I read that there is a cenote in Valladolid too but it must not be this big.
These kinds of cenotes are totally unique to Mexico. It must be on your Things To See/Do list while planning a visit.