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Sacred Cenote

Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 14 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
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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.
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This is the cenote inside the Chichen Itza, you may not swim in this one. There are some reviews confusing it with the Ik-kil cenote which is a few kilometers down the road which you can swim in and has stairs etc.

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It's still a gorgeous pool, but our archeologist/guide explained that the waters would not have been the current brackish green in ancient times. Some of the water passages are now blocked, but originally the water was crystalline. It's horrifying to imagine the poor children, dressed in 40 pounds of ceremonial clothes, being trussed and pushed into the pool to drown.... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Your camera doesn't do this place justice! Simply beautiful.. There's a lot of people so be patient it's worth the walk down the long stairs to the base where you can swim or not. Due to the preservation of the waters you are required to shower before you jump in. There are lockers, shower and change room facilities which are... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

In property of an english man, who destroyed the natural beauty of the place. Made a stairway so you can descend to a "pool" that smells humidity. Very, very crowded. Full of not -so-cultured tourists doing stupid jumps and shouting. It has a very modern area of showers and lockers and a horrible restaurant. Not classy at anytime.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Sacred Cenote, knows as well as the "Well of Sacrifice", creates a such impressive impact when we are close to it. It's indeed on those sacred water where were sentenced to death in homage to the gods thousands of human beings, I'm sure we still can find their bones on the bottom of the cenote. The Sacred Cenote can... More

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Longfield, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The water in the cenote was sparkling, refreshing and just the right temperature. The vegetation was beautiful and there was vibrant bird song. The only problem was the sheer number of people, I think it would be quieter in the mornings.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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71 helpful votes 71 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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