Trip Planner:   Mexico  /  Yucatan Peninsula  /  Yucatan  /  Chichen Itza  /  Cenote Ik kil

Cenote Ik kil, Chichen Itza

4.3
#1 of 74 in Parks in Yucatan
Geologic Formation · Water Body
Create an itinerary including Cenote Ik kil
Swim in sacred Mayan waters at Cenote Ik kil, a naturally formed water basin, 60 m (200 ft) in diameter and located 26 m (85 ft) below ground level. Twinkling, clear waters fill the pool, decorated by hanging vines cascading from the treetops above. Step down the ornately carved limestone stairway to reach the swimming platform, where refreshing 35 m (114.8 ft) deep waters await. Keep your eyes out for the shoal of black catfish that call the cenote their home--don’t worry, they don’t bite. When you’re feeling rejuvenated, enjoy a bite to eat at one of the surrounding restaurants. Arrange to visit Cenote Ik kil and other attractions in Chichen Itza using our Chichen Itza trip planner.
Improve this listing »
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Cenote Ik kil reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
6,205 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Perfect way to eat lunch and cool off after seeing the ruins. It's super close, and after a half day of walking the heat of the ruins, EVERYONE was ready for the food and to cool off in the water... 
    Perfect way to eat lunch and cool off after seeing the ruins. It's super close, and after a half day of walking the heat of the ruins, EVERYONE was ready for the food and to cool off in the water...  more »
  • For ~US$20 we had a beautiful Cenote, reasonable buffet lunch and a rest place for a long day. You can swim and enjoy the water in the big hole, or grab a free ice cream to cool down. ~10-minutes... 
    For ~US$20 we had a beautiful Cenote, reasonable buffet lunch and a rest place for a long day. You can swim and enjoy the water in the big hole, or grab a free ice cream to cool down. ~10-minutes...  more »
  • Amazing place and very well organized. Buffet was just okay. Try yo go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. 
    Amazing place and very well organized. Buffet was just okay. Try yo go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.  more »
Google
  • Beautiful cenote, unfortunately spoilt by it’s own success, as the crowds descend on the site every day. We were fortunate enough to stay overnight in one of their lovely huts. This allowed us access to the cenote before and after hours. Swimming in the cenote at night is a truly magical experience, especially as there will probably be no one else there. The huts are very comfortable and clean, with great a/c and friendly staff. It’s also close to Chichen Itza for an early start to beat the crowds there!
  • Absolutely stunning and breathtaking! The cenote is beautiful and refreshing, you would be able to spend couple hours there easy! But go before 11am (open at 9am) to avoid the crowd, as most tour groups will start arriving after. Cenote Ik Kil is privately owned, therefore you’d be able find restaurants and accommodations if needed. Ticket includes life jacket (compulsory for all swimmers) and a locker.
  • The cenote was amazing. The grounds were beautiful. Definitely a must see. I would recommend just ordering from the restaurant the buffet lunch included with the experience wasn't that good.
  • Easy stop to cool off after visiting Chichén Itzá. Clean cenote but with lots of traffic. Expect it to be filled with tourists. Good water temp and nice diving platform for the adventurous. Would recommend.
  • Beautiful spot. Stopped for a quick visit on a tour. If you're going to rent a locker, it's the first stop inside (follow the signs). The lockers are located closer to the back of the park. Be sure to bring water shoes because the steps are slippery. Leave anything important in your locker, as my husband's glasses are now at the bottom of the water. A waterproof case for your phone is important, because the pictures are beautiful. Bring cash for a quick snack before leaving. The food carts and convenient store were very clean and helpful. Overall, this is a beautiful place to visit. We were only here for a few hours, but could have easily spent all day walking around.

Plan your trip to Chichen Itza

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.