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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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Lynnwood, Washington, United States
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121 reviews 121 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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77 helpful votes 77 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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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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Trenton, NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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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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