Ik Kil Cenote - Filip Šubrt Photo

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Ansel Adams .


Mexico

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil is located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula and is part of the Ik Kil Archeological Park near Chichen Itza. It is open to the public for swimming.

The cenote is open to the sky with the water level about 26 metres below ground level. There is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres  in diameter and about 50 metres 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. Cenote Ik Kil is sacred to the Mayans and the Mayans used this cenote for both relaxation and ritual services.

Ik Kil was a spot on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2010, 2011 and 2014.