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  • Address: Tinúm, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Admission: Ps. 70
Cenote Ik Kil is a sacred site to the Maya people, who once performed sacrificial rituals here. Located in the middle of the Yucatan Peninsula and surrounded by tropical vines and small waterfalls, the so-called “Sacred Blue Cenote” is now a lush swimming hole popular with Riviera Maya tourists.

The Basics
Nearly all excursions to Cenote Ik Kil are combo tours that include a visit to Chichen Itza, as well as possible stops at archaeological sites such as Coba or Ek Balam, or at towns such as Valladolid. (Tours typically last eight to 14 hours given the number of sites visited.) Unlike other cenotes in the Yucatan region, Cenote Ik Kil is open to the sky without a cave cover, giving the natural pool an ethereal feel with sunlight streaming down into the water. Part of Ik Kil Archeological Park, the cenote features vines hanging down from the rock walls. To get in the water, you must climb down 85 feet (26 meters) of steps. The pool is 196 feet (60 meters) wide and about 130 feet (40 meters) deep.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The cenote can be difficult to access for those with limited mobility.
  • A restaurant and changing rooms are located on-site. 
  • To access the cenote, you must pay the admission fee for Ik Kil Archeological Park.
 
How to Get There
Cenote Ik Kil lies inland from Mexico’s Caribbean coast, roughly 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Cancun, 115 miles (186 kilometers) from Playa del Carmen, and 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Tulum. Private tours and transportation are available for those who want a more intimate experience without the hassle of driving. 
 
When to Get There
If you wish to visit the cenote on your own, arrive in the morning to beat the crowds.
 
Visiting Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik Kil
On the Yucatan Peninsula, cenotes and Maya culture go hand in hand. Archaeological sites featuring ancient Maya ruins abound, but the biggest and most popular destination is Chichen Itza, set just three miles (five kilometers) from Cenote Ik Kil. Once one of the largest Maya cities, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its vast Great Ball Court and El Castillo, a step pyramid nearly 100 feet (30 meters) tall.

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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch, Cancun, null
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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch

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Get to know one of the New7Wonders of the World during this full-day tour of Chichen Itza and Valladolid. At the ancient Maya site, admire the Kukulkan pyramid ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch, Tulum, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch

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Enjoy a day trip to Chichen Itza and see its magic and mystery. You'll explore the main landmarks of this archaeological zone which has been declared a UNESCO ...  Read more

Location: Tulum, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba from Playa del Carmen

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Visit Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik Kil Cenote. Visit great archaeological sites and learn all about the history of these places. Included on your tour is a ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil and Coba Ruins from Cancun, Cancun, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil and Coba Ruins from Cancun

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Visit Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik Kil Cenote on this tour in the Mayan Riviera. See amazing archaeological sites and views while learning of the history of these ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Chichen Itza, Valladolid and Temazcal Tour from Cancun, Cancun, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza, Valladolid and Temazcal Tour from Cancun

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Chichen Itza, well known as the 8th wonder of the world! The most important archaeological site of the Mayan culture, a place that is a must to visit.

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Private Chichen Itza, Coba Ruins, and Cenote Ik Kil from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day ... 
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Private Chichen Itza, Coba Ruins, and Cenote Ik Kil from Playa del Carmen

A full-day tour that will give you the chance to see two very important archaeological sites in Yucatan. Coba and Chichen Itza.  Your tour begins with hotel ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00
Chichen Itzá, Cenote Ik Kil, Valladolid Premium Full-Day Tour from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, ... 
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Chichen Itzá, Cenote Ik Kil, Valladolid Premium Full-Day Tour from Cancun

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Enjoy a spectacular and complete day trip in which you'll visit Chichen Itza and enjoy the site for more than 3 hours. You also have a chance to swim at Cenote ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.00
Private Tour to Chichen Itza, Valladolid and Ik Kil Cenote with Lunch, Cancun, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour to Chichen Itza, Valladolid and Ik Kil Cenote with Lunch

Visit Chichen Itza, Valladolid and cenote Ik-Kil in one day on this private tour with lunch included.

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.50
Chichen Itza and Cenote Mayan Experience Tour, Cancun, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza and Cenote Mayan Experience Tour

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See one of Mexico's most-visited archaeological sites during this full-day trip from Cancun. Travel comfortably by bus through the rustic countryside of the ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $68.75
Chichen Itza and Xcajum Cenote Day Trip, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza and Xcajum Cenote Day Trip

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Chichen-Itza archaeological site is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Admire the Pyramid of Kukulkán, the Ball Game, the Temple of the Tigers, ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.00

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