Located near the ruins of Chichen Itza the pool of Ik Kil, is arguably one of the most beautiful in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula. With vines extending down into the Cenote itself, Ik Kil is completely open to the sky as it 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 its 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.
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. Therefore if you want a quiet, or at least semi quiet swim, it will most likely be best to head there early at around 10am or in the late afternoon around 4:30.
Entrance fees into the Cenote are extremely affordable at $80 pesos, although if you decide to take a tour bus this can save you money as stop offs are normally included in the overall fee.