Ik-Kil Cenote – A Mystical Underground Cavern in Mexico

Cenote is “a deep sinkhole in limestone with a pool at the bottom that is found especially in Yucatán.” The collapse of the limestone creates a natural pit that exposes underground water.

Yucatán, Mexico has the largest number of cenotes. You can also find them in a few other locations such as Cuba, Australia and Thailand. 

Ik-Kil Archeological Park

Cenote Ik-Kil
View of Cenote Ik-Kil from the opening of sinkhole.

Cenote Ik-Kil is located near the famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. It is on the highway to and from Valladolid, one of the most vibrant cities in Yucatan.  Ik-Kil is one of the most visited natural underground pit near Chicehn Itza.  To access the body of water, we walked 26 meters down the slippery steps to this underground hidden gem.

Don’t be misled by this smile, the water is actually very cold.
Cenote Ik-Kil: Looking up to the sky from the body of water underneath.

For ancient Mayans, cenotes were an important water source for agriculture. The Yucatán Mayans also believed that they are portals to the underworld.

The dangling tree roots add a mysterious effect to this fantastic view.

Ik-Kil was used as a sacrificial site to the rain god by the Mayans. It is no surprise that human and animal bones, and other valuables such as copper, gold and jade were found here.

The platforms built within the caves allows non-swimmers to admire the majestic view of the cenote.

The best time to visit Cenote Ik-Kil is in the morning before the tour buses arrive.  The picture featured above is taken around 3pm, a prime time for cenote visit.

The Surrounding Archeological Park

The cenote is housed within this beautiful Archeological Park. You can find huts with stores, restaurants and cottages for rest here.

Lush green vegetation surrounds the cenote where iguanas roam freely in the park.

Joined by the friendly staff of Ik-Kil for a photo.
We had an amazing time in the Ik-Kil Archeological Park.

The Ik-Kil Archeological Park and Cenote is one of the many amazing attractions in Yucatan within driving distance from Cancun.  Stay in tune to find out more about archeological sites and attractions in the Yucatan and Quintana Roo area of Mexico!

 

 

 

 

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