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Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
Description: This natural well, spanning 60 meters in diameter and reaching a depth of...
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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Our day trip to Chichen Itza took us to this particular "Cenote", which is "cave" in Spanish. It was in a run down area of town which was disappointing, but it was still quite a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Sisters, Oregon
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Sisters, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Our day trip to Chichen Itza took us to this particular "Cenote", which is "cave" in Spanish. It was in a run down area of town which was disappointing, but it was still quite a site to see this massive cave with a fresh water pool that the ancients relied on for their water supply.

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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I have seen this with my wife several times. Each time we go back and learn more. Too much to digest in one short trip. I you are deep into history, maybe a coupe of days. When you visit via a tour bus, you are captive audience to the Bus Driver, he leaves and away you go. So, for an... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

It is an awesome historic place to visit, however it should be better conserved…call to the authorities!

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

But if you are stressed in time, don't walk there but try to go to an accessible cenote somewhere else and have a swim there!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The cenote isn't available to the public for swimming and it's fairly murky. The green color isn't clear like many of the underground cenotes. If you're looking for a great place to swim and feel refreshed, this isn't the cenote for you. Look for one outside of an archaeological site if you're trying to go in. Additionally, there aren't a... More 

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Somerville, New Jersey
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Amazing views, lush plant life, and it looks like a great place to take a swim on a hot day! It's a good workout walking from the bottom back to the top.

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Seoul, Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This could be anywhere from a 20min stop to a few hours depending on your choices. It is a beautiful view of a well filled with water. The view is beautiful and the history is greatly interesting. BRING: -bathingsuit -towel -something better than flip flops because it is slippery on steps -sunglasses -camera (water proof?) -plastic bag for wet suit... More 

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Guanajuato, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

If you don't have a guide that's all you'll see. It's a HUGE hole in the ground though. Not the most beautiful sight (the water was green), and there's not even a plaque explaining it. You would think that with the admission price to the ruins they would be able to afford something like that. The road is full of... More 

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Slave Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

want to do more of those in mexico as they are really cool and refreshing also the mayans were there and selling there stuff awesome

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

If you love something new, go there! If you love something old, go there! If you love swimming in natural waters, go there! Basically for any reason, or none, go to a cenote when in Mexico!

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