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Sacred Cenote

Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 14 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Montclair, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The colors, the sounds, the streams of water with rainbows shooting out in all directions. One is transported through time and can almost feel the strong beliefs of those gathered there centuries ago

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Gorey, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Mexico has fantastic cenotes. This is not one of them. Understandably, you can't swim in this one either. Has an interesting history of human sacrifices being thrown in, but none of this is visible from above. As always you must plough through a lot of vendors to get there as well!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great cenote (or water hole) and so many died there. Still very impressive to imagine what happened back then. Our guide spoke Mayan too and that made it really fun to listen to his stories using his language.

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Johannesburg
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is the cenote inside the Chichen Itza, you may not swim in this one. There are some reviews confusing it with the Ik-kil cenote which is a few kilometers down the road which you can swim in and has stairs etc.

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It's still a gorgeous pool, but our archeologist/guide explained that the waters would not have been the current brackish green in ancient times. Some of the water passages are now blocked, but originally the water was crystalline. It's horrifying to imagine the poor children, dressed in 40 pounds of ceremonial clothes, being trussed and pushed into the pool to drown.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Your camera doesn't do this place justice! Simply beautiful.. There's a lot of people so be patient it's worth the walk down the long stairs to the base where you can swim or not. Due to the preservation of the waters you are required to shower before you jump in. There are lockers, shower and change room facilities which are... More 

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mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

In property of an english man, who destroyed the natural beauty of the place. Made a stairway so you can descend to a "pool" that smells humidity. Very, very crowded. Full of not -so-cultured tourists doing stupid jumps and shouting. It has a very modern area of showers and lockers and a horrible restaurant. Not classy at anytime.

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Lisbon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Sacred Cenote, knows as well as the "Well of Sacrifice", creates a such impressive impact when we are close to it. It's indeed on those sacred water where were sentenced to death in homage to the gods thousands of human beings, I'm sure we still can find their bones on the bottom of the cenote. The Sacred Cenote can... More 

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Longfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The water in the cenote was sparkling, refreshing and just the right temperature. The vegetation was beautiful and there was vibrant bird song. The only problem was the sheer number of people, I think it would be quieter in the mornings.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

It was very interesting viewing the 150 foot deep Cenote. Swimming has life jackets and a life guard there for safety.

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