Listed by Beatrice
Ik-Kil
Chichen Itza (Yucatan), Mexico
  • Natural

Description

Ik-Kil cenote is the most beautiful of Mexico, it is a deep "hole" in the ground filled with turquoise, blue, green, crystal clear and icy water, reacheable through steps cut into the rock which lead to the bottom, where a dock was created to allow diving.
It is located about 26 meters below ground level, it is perfectly round and has a diameter of 60 meters. Excluding the denaturalized part, once you arrived at the bottom the show is guaranteed, with vines that descend from above and small waterfalls that flow from different points from the rocky walls, creating attractive lighting effects. The water is about 45 meters deep, in fact, Ik-Kil is also used for the spectacular local diving events. The whole environment has something magical and haunting at the same time, it is hardly forgettable. You will swim among lianas, light, lush tropical greenery and catfish.

Suitable for

  • Couples
  • Sport
  • Friends
  • Gay friendly
  • Single

Characteristics

  • To pay
  • Medium (from 40 to 80 square meters)
  • Daytime
  • Salt water

Safety

  • Safety ropes

The site is open to the public all year from 8:00 to 18:00. There is a ticket to be paid locally to access the site, but the price is trifling (less than 5 dollars per person in 2016).
Near the site there are several facilities: a gift shop with local handcrafts, showers, changing rooms, towels and safety deposit boxes (fees applied) and a small restaurant where they serve a lunch buffet.
From 10:00 to 15:00 the sun is high and enters the cenote, so in those hours you can see the colors of the rainbow in the various "mini waterfalls" falling on the water surface.
For children and those who are afraid of the depth, you can rent life jackets.
Arm yourself with mosquito spray, because the humidity of the place is very high and you risk to be bothered by insects.
Early morning is the best time to fully enjoy the Cenote Ik-Kil without overcrowding of tourist groups.
If you opt for a romantic or solitary adventure, some guides - on demand - allow access to the site even before opening. Try to ask.

Go down the stairs carefully, they are often wet and slippery.

2016

Map

How to reach

Ik-Kil is in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. Precisely on the Carretera Costera del Golfo, 97751 Chichen Itza. It is part of the archaeological park and it is close to Chichen Itza.
You can opt for a tour bus, or you can easily catch up with their means of transport. Directions are well marked on the road. It is just 3 km away from Chichen Itza.