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“A very busy place for all tour buses.”
Review of Cenote Ik kil

Cenote Ik kil
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Chichen Itzá, Cenote Ik Kil, Valladolid Premium...
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The cenote is open to the sky with the water level about 26 metres (85 ft) below ground level. There is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter and about 50 metres (164 ft) deep.There are vines which reach from the opening all the way down to the water along with small waterfalls. There are black catfish which swim in the cenote. The cenote is part of a larger complex of a restaurant, store, changing rooms, and cottages for rent. There is also a Mayan ruin on the site. Red Bull Diving Competition Ik Kil was a stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2010, 2011 and 2014
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We were certainly amazed by the cenote, it was the first and deepest one we saw. The word "crowded' doesn't begin to describe this tourist spot. We had hoped to go in, but realized there wouldn't be enough time, go early?
We later found and truly enjoyed several smaller and less visited cenotes. Worth your time to discover them. The entry fee was covered with our tour, I think kind of pricey. Someone is making a very good profit here.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

A friend had recommended we go to a cenote when we were in Mexico. Even though our tour operator had not included this in our visit to Chichen Itza, we remembered the advice and asked for it to be added on -- it was no real problem, as the cenote lies very close to the Mayan ruins. We stopped there after our visit to the site, rented a locker, changed into our swimming costumes, and headed down the steps to the pool far below. For me this was one of the highlights of our honeymoon. I love siwmming in lakes, but I'd never been anywhere like this before. It felt like stepping into another world. The cenote was amazing to look at, both from above and at lake level, but even more amazing if you went in for a swim. The water was crystal clear and small fish were darting about everywhere. If you were a brave soul, there was a path up one side and you could jump or dive in from a height. The pool was busy when we arrived, but it grew very quiet towards the end of our stay -- most of the visitors come on tour buses, so it tends to fill and empty regularly over the course of the day -- so stick around a for a while if you arrive and it's heaving -- you'll get a quiet spell to yourself eventually! I would put this down as THE must-see attraction in Chichen Itza. Heavenly!!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Stopped here for lunch after a morning visit to Chichen Itza & before a trip to Ek Balam (worth a visit for sure). The restaurant was fine. Nothing special but the food was perfectly adequate. We were in two minds as to whether we should bother going for a dip in the cenote, but you see so many pictures of this particular cenote that we decided to have a quick dip. The steps on the way down are wet, slippery & do have a pretty grim smell (urine I suspect). Anyway, we had a short swim, but it is an odd feeling when you brush past one of the many catfish in the water as they are pretty slimy & it gives you a bit of a fight it you're not expecting it. It's worth a quick visit & some photos but it is very touristy & there are a lot of people, so manage your expectations accordingly.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Ik Kil is a very beautiful but very popular cenote! A must see but try to go earlier to beat the crowd. It was so packed with people you can barely get a glimpse into the cenote! And if u want to swim in it, good luck! Tons of people! I would still recommend :)

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Host of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series during 2010 to 2011, Ik Kil is an open cenote 60 meter diameter and 130 feet deep. There are vines which reach from the opening all the way down to the water along with small waterfalls. There are black catfish which swim in the cenote.(nothing to worry about). This place is breathtaking, the water is refreshing if you are coming back from chichen itza this is place that you need to refresh yourself. Sometimes get really crowded but after the big bus tours leave you can swing alone by yourself.
Be prepare to take a cold shower before jump in to the cenote because is required, there are also life jackets for rent, changing rooms, showers, lockers, a buffet restaurant (not a big deal) and an snack bar.
The access to the cenote you have descend some steps and sometimes is kind of slippery.

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