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Sacred Cenote

Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 14 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Type: Geologic Formations, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
Owner description: This natural well, spanning 60 meters in diameter and reaching a depth of 22 meters, was used by the Mayans as a sacrificial pit for virgins, warriors... more » Owner description: This natural well, spanning 60 meters in diameter and reaching a depth of 22 meters, was used by the Mayans as a sacrificial pit for virgins, warriors and even infants. « less
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

It was very interesting viewing the 150 foot deep Cenote. Swimming has life jackets and a life guard there for safety.

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I would have to say, it was quite intimidating looking down the hole of this cenote and walking down the slipper steps really made me apprehensive. But once you go down, it is such a view. It's breathtaking. The vines that fall from opening at the top, the greenery growing in the stones, and the fish that come up to... More

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

To be able to swim in this amazing place where cultures swam centuries before was a treat. its a bit crowded but once in the water its very refreshing. Swim out to middle to get suns rays on you.

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Lynnwood, Washington, United States
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123 reviews 123 reviews
75 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Cenote Ik-Kil also known as Cenote Sagrado Azul (Blue Sacred Cenote) is a crystal clear, round, open cenote that is strategically located in the heart of the “Chichen Itza” archaeological zone (only 3km away). This cenote is about 150 feet deep and down 85 feet from the surface so you do need to be able to handle some stairs but... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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229 reviews 229 reviews
108 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The Maya of antiquity used this cenote as an offering site to their rain god. Various objects were thrown into the cenote to appease this god. Human sacrificial victims, men, women, and children, were also cast into the cenote. In modern times the cenote was dredged. Among the objects recovered were jewelry, ceramics, weapons, and human bones. Objects of gold... More

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Compared to the other sites at Chichen Itza (like El Castillo) and other nearby cenotes (Cenote Ik Kil), this cenote is rather disappointing. It is worth while to see while visiting Chichen Itza, but a few minutes gazing into the hole and you are ready to move on.

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Lisbon
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Well this is not those gorgeous pictures that you saw on the internet with an amazing blue water. This is also a cenote, yes. But a dirty one, where you can not dive, and you can't see that much. If you have the time, just take a walk there you have nothing to lose, if you are on a rush,... More

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High Wycombe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

This was part of Chichen tour with Thompson it was great to see and to jump in to such cool water, restrooms, changing etc all provided. We had a great traditional lunch buffet and if you have time tequilla tasting and gift shop

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Bucharest
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you get a change to visit the Sacred Cenote don't hesitate. As notes: - very crowded, you can easily get lost by your group; - the water somewhat doesn't smell very; - be careful with instructions (especially with the 'take a shower before you get in') this is a sacred place after all; - steps are very slippery, be... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The walk is long and it is not worth it. Better go to Ikil Cenote, the one you can swim on and/or go down by foot. That is crystalline water. This one is dirty water and not much to see.

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