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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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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Trenton, NJ
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Sacred Blue Cenote is a crystal clear, round, well-type cenote (also known as il-Kil) and is located on the highway between Chichen Itza (it’s only a couple of miles away from CI) and the city of Valladolid. Per a Google search, this cenote is about 130 feet deep and about 85 feet from the surface so you will have... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

200 meters from the great pyramide you can walk to the place which was the reason that they buildt Chichen Itza. The Sacred Cenote was a sacred place where there was a portal to the Gods. To day it not that impressiv, and there a lot of wagons with sellers on the way and around the Cenote

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Phoenix, Arizona
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

***The photos and reviews of a "hotel" being near this, or people swimming in the sacred cenote are misplaced. You would not want to get in this water & it is near the Mayan ruins (very remote). Chichen Itza means "Mouth of the Well of the Itza (People)"- this sacred cenote is the reason the Mayan city of Chichen Itza... More

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Calgary, Canada
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I think a lot of reviewers are mixing this cenote up with other ones - the putrid green cenote you see in the photos is the right one and not connected to a hotel nor are you allowed to swim in it and I sure as heck wouldnt want to not only because of the very uninviting water and massive... More

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London, United Kingdom
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I have been in Chichen Itza as part of a day trip so our time there was limited. I want to say that I went to see it after our time with the guide and I am sorry I wasted 20 minutes. It is interesting, but there isn't much to see and just to be clear, of course u can't... More

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Yarmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

What an experience. On a very hot day, the swim in the cenote was what we needed. The site has change rooms and lockers for convenience. The park setting is beautiful.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The Sacred Cenote was one of my favorite things at Chichen Itza. I loved hearing about the history and the ancient customs of the Mayans. It is worth hiring a guide to explain things to you. We have been a couple of times and a private guide is better than a large tour. If you visit Chichen Itza please do... More

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Edgerton, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is the most beautiful "sinkhole" you'll ever see. Well worth the trip. We didn't swim, but did go down the stairs to the bottom. We loved it! Very beautiful! The stairs aren't as bad as they sound on the way up. And there are lookout spots on the way down and up the stairs. I highly recommend this stop... More

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Chandler, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is a quick stop you will see inside the park. There is a small platform where people from the Mayan culture were sacrificed on and pushed down into the water. There is a long walk (about 400 yards) from the park to this cenote, but it is worth the walk just to say you saw it. The most amazing... More

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