Cenote Ik kil

Cenote Ik kil, Chichen Itza: Hours, Address, Cenote Ik kil Reviews: 4.5/5

Cenote Ik kil
4.5
Bodies of Water • Geologic Formations
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Olga S
6 contributions
A great place to visit
Nov 2021 • Friends
Absolutely loved it!

Very reasonable price, clean water, all required infrastructure in place. Also, ice cream (frozen ice with fruit) was really good.
Written 22 November 2021
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AndHarry
32 contributions
We almost didn't go!
Nov 2021 • Couples
We were warned by our your guide at Chichen Itza that this was a tourist trap, bit decided to go anyway. It turned out that 'tourist trap' was code for well-run, clean and great value. We arrived by car. Parking is free and we could pay for entry using a card. There are 2 entry options: one with catering and one without. Once inside, lockers and life jackets are included in the entry fee so you don't need to carry cash unless you want to buy souvenirs from the gift shop or take photos of the Maya in traditional warrior attire.

The changing rooms, toilets and lockers were clean and plentiful. The staff were really helpful too. You are allowed to take cameras into the cenote for pictures, which wasn't the case at the other 3 we visited.

The cenote itself is amazing. It was the deepest we visited on our trip and the history and setting made it really special. There are small fish, beautiful waterfalls and tree roots and vines hanging right down to the water. Entry and exit are by short ladders or you can just just right in. There are also two high jumping platforms with a member of staff managing the queue and spacing people out. I was expecting the water to be freezing cold given how deep it is but it was actually quite comfortable. The water is clear but it's so deep that you can't see the bottom. Amazing.

The dining option gave us access to a traditional buffet with different salad and taco options and dessert. Soft drinks are included. The food was delicious and well worth the modest extra fee.

We're so glad we went!
Written 22 November 2021
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LibbyTeal
Los Angeles, CA211 contributions
Incredible!
Aug 2021
The perfect way to cool off after a visit to Chichen Itza. This cenote has everything your heart desires. Absolutely stunning natural formations, deep cool waters, clean and easily accessible facilities, well-run site. I believe they only accept cash, so be prepared for that. In my single visit, I made one trip down to the cenote with my camera, and then put everything away in the secure lockers, and went back to immerse myself in the waters, and truly experience floating on my back in an ancient cenote. Highly recommend!
Written 27 October 2021
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WorldTravelerCO
Thornton, CO842 contributions
Wow!!! Do NOT miss this!
Oct 2021
We stopped by this Cenote on our way to Cancun from Chichen Itza. I was apprehensive at first, but this was so worth it!! The water was incredibly refreshing and the cenote beautiful! Don't miss it!!!
Written 19 October 2021
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Joamiche
Hong Kong, China188 contributions
Beat open Cenote
Oct 2021 • Couples
We hv done several; this Cenote is the best with open top, huge, deep, well equipped. Of course people would tell u many tourists are coming, but why ? It’s impressive... just go by 11am or after 3pm to avoid groups
Written 11 October 2021
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Katrina Julia
Atlanta, GA254 contributions
Chichen Itza First and Il Kil After
Aug 2021
What a beautiful and magical place. In awe of our Creator. Went first to Chichen Itza early from about 9 am to right before 11 am. Go early!
Got here at 11 am in awe viewing the top and climbing down.

This Cenote has no space to place anything at the bottom. Almost FULLY immersed in water. The cascade of the vines and the open circle to see the sky is incredible! Soaking, jumping, and getting massages from the cascading mini waterfalls - heavenly!

Spent about 2 hours + and felt like a whole new women! Amazing!!!
HIGHLY Recommend from half to full day!
Written 15 August 2021
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Dallas_Family
Dallas, Texas90 contributions
Chichen Itza then Ik kil
Aug 2021 • Friends
Chichen Itza with Jose
Before leaving the hotel, I downloaded the app from Action Tour Guide. Jose picked us up at 7:00 and we grabbed a bite for the road, heading towards Chichen Itza. There was a small line to enter, $80 pesos cash and then the other could be placed on the credit card. Take a hat/umbrella if you don’t want to buy one at the entrance. We wore flip flops and it was no problem. I really enjoyed that app and have used many others for tours in the past. It allowed me to visit the ruins at my own pace and see the things that interested me.

We didn’t stay long at Chichen Itza as we were eager to get to the cenotes. Off to Ik kil. We arrived at the cenote and paid the entrance fee. The fee included the mandatory life jacket and locker. (Water shoes suggested). The water was so cold but we quickly adapted to it. Everyone was having a blast jumping off the ledge and the employee monitoring was even having fun. Once the tour buses arrived, it got very crowded. We then headed back to Cancun, needed to be back for our COVID test at 3:30 to be able to fly home. On the way back we stopped at a nice little restaurant and ordered food to go. Unfortunately the traffics was bad and we didn’t get back until 3:45. Overall, Jose was great. If doing it again I would insist on leaving at 6:00 am.
Written 8 August 2021
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Brook H
Salt Lake City, UT1 contribution
Fascinating and Refreshing Experience
Jul 2021
We stopped here after visiting Chichen Itza. The water was pleasantly cool and refreshing after a hot and humid day of touring Mayan ruins. We arrived near to closing time (5:00 p.m.) and could have stayed longer, but in reality, the 30 minutes we had there were sufficient to enjoy and understand the experience.
Written 21 July 2021
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Teresa T
6 contributions
Great trip! Will go again!
Jul 2021
Beautiful place to swim! Tour guide David was Amazing! Lunch was AWESOME! Tequila tasting was great!
Written 7 July 2021
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TravelinBloke
New York City, NY80 contributions
Deep
May 2021 • Couples
Great place to see and get unique experience. Water is cold and feels safe to be around it. Though I didn’t like the idea of 150ft of water below, the life vest made me accept the reality and dive in.

Worth the money and time spent there. Only issue is that they don’t provide towels or clear instructions to what to do. Do you take a shower and then go to the cenote? Or do you do the cenote and then shower? Do you bring your own towel? Do you eat before or after? Do you pee in it or in the bathroom??

I mean come on, give me some clear instructions instead of saying si or este or de to every question.
Written 22 May 2021
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