Located near the ruins of Chichen Itza this open-air cenote is arguably one of the most beautiful on the Yucatán Peninsula. With vines extending downward into a sinkhole it is completely open to the sky.
The cenote stretches 60 meters in diameter, allowing the sun to beam down into its huge well, which is around 40 meters deep.
Sacred as an area that was commonly used to conduct rituals by the Mayans and even sacrifices, archaeologists today have found many bones and even jewelry within the deep waters of this Cenote.
Today, this is an incredibly popular tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. From the hanging vines and roots, and verdant plants, the numerous waterfalls, and the well itself, Cenote Ik Kil is nothing short of a tropical paradise.
For those who need to cool off after hiking through the ruins at Chichen Itza, an afternoon escape at Ik Kill may be the perfect antidote.
Need to Know
It should be noted that for those who decide to visit that there are commonly large crowds visiting due to the numerous tour buses which pass by the location after, or before visiting Chichen Itza.
If you want a quiet or at least semi-quiet swim, it will most likely be best to head there early at around 10 am or in the late afternoon around 4:30 pm.
Entrances fees are quite low at 80 MXP ($4 USD) for adults and 40 MXP ($2 USD) for children.
Open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
How to Get There
Follow the 180D (Carretera Cancun-Katuntil) from Cancun through Valladolid until you reach the Carterra 79 (Dzitás – Pisté).
Head south on 79 towards Pisté and Chichén Itzá then turn left on
Carretera 80 when 79 ends in Pisté. You’ll find the exit for Ik Cil about 5 Km past Chichén Itzá on your right opposite of the Hotel Dolores Alba and the Kasta – Kan restaurant.
Alternatively, you can take Carretera 295 South (Valladolid – Tizimín) and connect to the 180 (Carretera Costero del Golfo) in Valladolid heading west towards Chichén Itzá. You can then find the Ik Cil exit near Hotel Dolores Alba about 3KM past Xcalacoop.
Address: Km 122, Carretera Merida-Puerto Juárez, 97751 Chichén Itzá, Yucatan