Most people come to the Riviera Maya for the white-sand beaches. They think of their holidays and picture themselves swimming in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. However, the Riviera Maya has one of the most complex and exciting underground river systems in the world. Continue reading
This could potentially be the most beautiful cenote, not only in Mexico but the whole world. Cenote Ik Kil is located in a close proximity to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza – just off the highway to Valladolid. Cenote Ik Kil is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, which is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes away from Playa del Carmen and under 2 hours from Tulum. This cenote is unique because of all its vines and plants that hang down into the water.
Cenote Ik Kil Opening Hours:
8:00am to 5:00pm
Adults: 70 MXN or $5.00 USD
Children 35 MXN or $2.50 USD
Highway 188, Km 122
If you want to swim in the cenote, you will have to climb down 26 meters to reach the water, which is 40 meters deep. If you would like to spend a few days here, there are some accommodations close by. There is also a delicious restaurant onsite where you can taste the local cuisine. The restaurant is included in many tour options, but if you come here without a tour you can pay $160 pesos to access the restaurant. There are around 11 different options for you to choose from, including fried fish and fruit.
This cenote is great for the adventurists mainly because you can choose to walk up a few extra steps and jump into the cenote a few feet above. Don’t worry, the water is at a great temperature to feel refreshed. There is also a lifeguard on duty for safety reasons. Go early in the morning if you want to beat the rush. There are many great places to take pictures, so make sure you bring your camera.
Each swimmer is required to take a shower before they enter the cenote. This is to keep the cenote clean. There are lockers to store all your belongings while you are swimming too.