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Sacred Cenote

Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 13 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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...
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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 and even infants.
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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

had heard and read a lot about the sacrificial wells but this was my first experience. even though it seemed a pleasant enough place, and very deep, the water was cold but i did not swim and was still creeped out with the history. has food and washrooms and changing rooms. must see if you have the time

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I have been to and seen nicer cenotes ... maybe not with the same historical significance ... I was expecting more from this sight ... it just is not that pretty. It is cool to see such a historically significant Mayan cenote but you have to fight through a long long line of vendors to get to it ... not... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Very interesting to see this Cenote, the diving into it and quite picturesque. I felt the tour allowed way too much time for this attraction. If you can control your trip here, unless you want to swim, you do not need 2 hours there, in my opinion.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Wow this was crazy looking! I did not swim in the cenote but a few people did. When you walk inside down towards the sinkhole you can see fossils. It was a cool place to stop and see. Took some great pictures.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The cenote was not big, but very beautiful. And they made service there great- they sell souvenirs, liquor, food. You could rent a life vest there. The changing rooms were clean and nice.

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Charleston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This sink hole was a stop on our way to Chichen Itza. So glad our tour bus stopped here. This sink hole was incredible! Make sure you bring your swimsuit. The water temp is on the cold side, but given its blasted hot in Mexico this was a welcomed feature. The water is clear with the plenty of fish to... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you're visiting Chichen Itza make sure to visit the Cenote Sagrado (Sacred Cenote). It's really just a sinkhole in the limestone that has fresh water in it, but it's also an interesting insight to the Mayans...the Cenote was a source of water but also the site of sacrifices. It's about a 10-15 minute walk from El Castillo but it's... More 

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Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This cenote was so pretty and clean. It was amazing. Spent most of my day there with my boyfriend just hanging out. The buffet was good too. It was a nice little break from swimming in salt water too.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This cenote was a short trip from Chitzen Itza and worth visiting. It's an amazing formation, it's just too bad it's so so over run with tourist. I wouldn't trust swimming in that water just because there are so many visitors HOWEVER don't just cross this off your list because of that. We really enjoyed seeing the cenote and walking... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a large sink hole with water that is 150 feet deep. It was considered a sacred site and considered to give vision of the future to the people who jump as per wikipedia.

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