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Sacred Cenote

Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #11 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 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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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Very cool to see and swim in. Could spend the whole day at this swimming hole. Highly recommend doing the Chitzen-Itza tour and stopping at this beautiful spot.

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Reno, Nevada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is probably one of the most unique things that I've done as a tourist traveling around the globe. The experience to swim in a massive sinkhole was awesome and different, something that I would probably not find anywhere in the United States. First, you are asked to shower before taking the 93 stairs down to the bottom of the... More

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We stayed in Cancun, We had a private car & driver/guide we hired from the front desk of our hotel. It was a full long day & this was the last thing we did VERY COOL They had rooms to change that were private & yes the "hole" is deep but well worth going in. All I can say is... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Our tour guide made the cenote interesting. Without him to tell us about the cultural and geological significances of this place, it would have been little more than a pit in the ground. There's a distinctly gloomy feeling about the place. I would have like to get closer, like inside the cenote, or see what was at the bottom. I... More

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Cheney, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

It was cool to check out since I'd never seen a cenote in Mexico but since we were on a guided tour we didn't hve enough time to realy enjoy it. Also it's very small and crowded and we had to hurry to get in the water since there was so many people on the stairs just watching/blocking access.

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Barcelona, Spain
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

many things were told regarding this cenote. they found bodies inside from sacrificies made. it's a special/ holly place inside Chichen Itza. make sure to take water with you!!

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

That sacred cenote is hidden in between trees and as far as I am concerned you can't see that. Whole story about this place is great but it would be nice if local authorities could build a viewing point so you can actually see that place properly. Just my personal opinion.

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