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"Blue Cenote: Ik Kill" Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Things to Do Tip by Jase1177

Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Things to Do: 287 reviews and 491 photos

Just about 3km from the ruins (across from Hotel Dolores Alba), is a beautiful blue cenote open for swimming called Ik Kil. The sinkhole is a beautifully deep hole (about 25meters; 82 ft) with lush vegetation on top of the opening and down the walls. There are long roots of some trees going all the way down from the top to the water below. The water is a beautiful clear dark blue-green color and you can see small fish swimming around. There are a few small waterfalls falling down into the water from atop. The water is refreshingly cool (at least in the morning). There are a couple of wooden ladders down into the water, as well as several meters-high platform for jumping down. It was a quite enjoyable swim and for some time, I was the only person at the cenote.

If you can go early before a trip to the Ruins, I would recommend it. The cenote opens at 9AM until 6PM. When I went there were only three other people and then eventually just myself. Because my hotel was across the road from the entrance, I noticed bus after tourist bus entering the cenote in the afternoon the day before. Given the number of people on the buses and the size of the cenote, I suspect it was quite crowded.

There are bungalows to stay on the ground, as well as a building of craft vendors.

Cost: $60MX

Address: ~Km 119, Hwy 180
Directions: About 3km from the ruins. Across from Hotel Dolores Alba

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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