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Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil is a cenote outside Pisté, 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.

Ik Kil is near the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, on the highway to Valladolid. Ik Kil was considered sacred by the Mayans who used the site as a location for human sacrifice to their rain god, Chaac. Bones and pieces of jewelry were found in the deep waters of this cenote by archaeologists and speleologists.

A complex that includes a restaurant, store, changing rooms, and cottages for rent.

How to get there?

From Chichen Itza

By taxi from Chichen Itza to Ik Kil cenote $1-$2 (0:03/0:05 min).

From Merida

By bus to Chichen Itza o Pisté $7-$25 (1:45 min), just 3 times a day (by the morning).
There are also “colectivos” from Merida to Chichen Itza or Pisté.
And then by taxi to the cenote $2-$5 (0:03/0:05 min).

From Valladolid

By bus to Chichen Itza o Pisté $3-$5 (0:45 min), each 4 hours.
There are also a lot of “colectivo” from Valladolid to Chichen Itza or Pisté.
And then by taxi to the cenote $2-$5 (0:03/0:05 min).

By taxi from Valladolid to Ik Kil cenote $7-$9 (0:35 min).

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