Ik Kil Cenote

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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.

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Stairs that bring you to the base. Does this remind anyone else of Hogwarts?

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Looking up.

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.

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The swimming platform. On busy days, there is a long line of people waiting for their dive

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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

Yucatan cenote

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.

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9 thoughts on “Ik Kil Cenote

  1. I’m loving the legend n lil\ bit of history. Cheerz for this one:)

    • Thank you, Vishal. Mexico is full of history and mystery. It is fun looking at all places while imagining about their past.

  2. I love your photos of the cenote. See a video documentary of Mexican cenotes near Tulum here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK8TJoX48Qo

  3. Beautiful creations by the nature.

  4. Ashima

    love your pictures! the place looks like such a wonder 🙂 Thanks for posting!

    • Thanks Ashima! It is such magical place. Photos only do half justice.

      • Ashima

        I am sure! If the photos themselves are so beautiful, the place must be a totally different experience! 🙂

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