Hi, everybody! G and I are back from Mexico and had the most amazing time. Our time together was well spent visiting amazing sites, taking part in cool water activities, sipping on margaritas (and mojito’s…lots of mojitos), lying on the beach and really just enjoying each other’s company.
The first experience I want to share is the dreamlike, Ik Kil Cenote. A year or two ago I saw a picture of Ik Kil on Pinterest, immediately scoured the internet for possible places it could be (the link didn’t lead anywhere on Pinterest- don’t you just hate when that happens?) and tacked it onto my never-ending bucket list. It was surreal being able to walk the limestone carved stairwell down into the waters and I feel blessed to have had this opportunity. Ik Kil is located in the Northern area of the Yucatán peninsula and is only a mere 5 minutes away from the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichén Itzá. If you ever find yourself in that area, I absolutely suggest you go.
If you find yourself wondering, “What in the world is a cenote?”, as I did, it’s an underground water well that is the result of collapsing limestone rock. The Mayan’s found cenotes sacred and often used them for sacrificial offerings. There’s many theories as to what the other uses were, but this is one that I found to be consistent among my research.
Garrett jumping into the deep waters of the beautiful Ik Kil Cenote. (The first 3 seconds is fuzzy due to Youtube enhanced lighting. After that you see the video from start to finish )
It costs about $6 USD and the site also has lockers you can rent, changing rooms, little shops on the premises (a nice stand that sells tequila too! When in Mexico…) and entertainers that perform outside of the outdoor showers (you have to rinse off before entering the cenote, as it’s freshwater.) Another thing to consider is combining Ik Kil with a tour to the Chichén Itzá ruins. That’s what we did and it worked out perfectly.
- Go by 1:30! We were getting in the water right as everyone else was getting there (around 2:30, and it became extremely crowded!)
- The water in the sacred cenote is 120 feet deep with no shallow areas or anything to hang onto. So if you’re not a strong swimmer, I suggest renting a life-vest for a low cost (I believe $5) on site.
- Fish-a-Phobics, beware! There’s catfish swimming about the water . They won’t harm you, but can come as a shock if not already aware.