Cenote Ik kil, Chichen Itza

4.4
#1 of 54 in Parks in Yucatan
Swim in sacred Mayan waters at Cenote Ik kil, a naturally formed water basin, 60 m (200 ft) in diameter and located 26 m (85 ft) below ground level. Twinkling, clear waters fill the pool, decorated by hanging vines cascading from the treetops above. Step down the ornately carved limestone stairway to reach the swimming platform, where refreshing 35 m (114.8 ft) deep waters await. Keep your eyes out for the shoal of black catfish that call the cenote their home--don’t worry, they don’t bite. When you’re feeling rejuvenated, enjoy a bite to eat at one of the surrounding restaurants. Arrange to visit Cenote Ik kil and other attractions in Chichen Itza using our Chichen Itza trip planner .
Create an itinerary including Cenote Ik kil
map
Cenote Ik kil Tours
View more tours
Cenote Ik kil Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
5,060 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • After visiting chichen itza early in the morning we headed with a cab x 80 pesos in this cenote. Luckily it was before the flood of tour bus tourists. The cenote is really impressive, rich in vegetation. Has lots of places where you can take some great pictures. In this cenote there are also two points for dipping. In the Cenote is possible picking up the life preservers, cabinets and it has large dressing rooms. Unfortunately, the arrival of the bus becomes too chaotic.
    View original
  • Didn't know the Cenotes and we were dazzled by the exuberance of nature and with the intelligence and ability to work of the Maya civilization in exploring so underground water ducts. A must to visit and swim in this cenote, which is very close to Chichen Itza.
    View original
  • According to local culture who dives in this pit wins 10 more years of life hehehehehe. In fact it was a well where the Maya sacrificed children for more than 1000 years ago. For those who want to immerse themselves in the well will pay a fee of $2 and receive a lifejacket. Each person has 25 minutes to stay within the Cenote. The well has 60 meters deep and no lifeguard around, so if you can't swim, diving is not recommended, because despite the life vest that you deliver, it's still risky.
    View original
Google
  • Best part of my trip! Great facility there: they have change rooms, restrooms, free parking for visitors, locker and life vest for rent (a little more than 1 USD). The water is super clean and have some little harmless fishes in it. If you like nature, you can't find a better place to huge it!
  • One of the more popular cenotes, it's more crowded with vibrant activity. Reasonable entrance fee (80 pesos when I visited). There are lifeguards, a nice 20 ft high area to jump from, and beautiful scenery
  • This would be a really awesome place if they left it looking natural but it looked so man made since they built it as a tourist trap. I was highly disappointed, we were first ones to arrive thought I would have couple of hours to enjoy but stayed for 10 minutes and left. Do not expect an authentic experience in the wilderness as the picture perceives it. Gift shops, cafes, and restaurants are all nearby. The cenote itself is gated off on top making it look even more man made. Thank goodness it was next to Chichen Itza.
  • Cenote Ik Kil Estanque natural de agua dulce abastecido por un río subterraneo que se form a en numerosos lugares de la peninsula de Yucatán. I dived here 4 times hahaha. It was nice! Must item is swimming wear and flip flops, that’s it. Cómodo y divertido! Enjoy yourself! Ditto.
  • Amazing place, you can feel the nature, it its like a sacred spot :)
Places to stay near Cenote Ik kil

Plan your trip to Chichen Itza

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Cenote Ik kil by other users

6 days in Celestun & Merida BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Yucatan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: August, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Temozon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Yucatan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chichen Itza BY A USER FROM MEXICO June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Temozon BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, kids, culture, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Merida BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chichen Itza BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Yucatan BY A USER FROM MEXICO April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Yucatan Peninsula BY A USER FROM CANADA December, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans