Ik Kil Cenote, Yucatán Mexico

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.

Ik Kil CenoteLooking in from the very top- the water is about 85 feet from ground level!

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil CenoteLooking up from the water.


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.

Last Tips:

  • 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.
  • Charmian

    I am so glad you got to cross something off your bucket list! Most of us only get to make a list and never cross anything off!

    • http://www.kayliwanders.com Kayli Schattner

      Thank you! I feel very blessed that I had this opportunity!

  • Nicole

    Hi Kayli,

    Ik Kil Cenote has been high on my bucket list as well and so excited to say I am planning a trip to Mexico with my best friend at the end of this year.
    Your photos look amazing and the tips above have been a great help, I’ve been researching different tours though I was wondering is there public transport available to take you from Chichén Itzá to Ik Kil Cenote (as we have a tour in mind that includes Chichén Itzá) or is there a particular tour you would suggest?

    Thank you again, all suggestions are welcomed

    Kind Regards


    • http://www.kayliwanders.com Kayli Schattner


      I’m so glad you found my website and were able to get some extra tips for your upcoming trip! How exciting that you’ll get to visit such a beautiful country and cross something off of your bucket list- that’s always exciting for me as well! As far as the public transportation goes- I suggest booking a tour that includes Ik Kil. The ruins are in an area of the country that’s not extremely city-savy and it may be difficult to walk outside the entrance and just find a collectivo (a bus system in Mexico) or a taxi. Although, I’m sure you could look into that- are you traveling through a tour company? They are a tremendous help when planning an out of the country vacation- I traveled through Apple and it was amazing, very helpful and I actually saved heaps of money! I would definitely recommend the Amstar Chichen Itza Plus Tour (that includes a visit to Ik Kil), I wrote about my experience, here: http://www.kayliwanders.com/visiting-chichen-itza/ I provided a detail description of the ruins there and tips for when you visit! Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions, I’m always available. You can also e-mail me at: schattnerk@yahoo.com for any other needs if you find that best!

      Happy Monday,

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    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like
    yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% positive.
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    • http://www.kayliwanders.com Kayli Schattner

      Lloyd, how cool that you’re looking into starting your own blog! Blogs definitely do not have to cost much money- in fact, if you choose a site to start from like WordPress.com or Blogger- it’s free! I wasn’t very Internet savvy either but with the help of a few bloggers and graphic designers I’m slowly but surely finding my way. :) If you’d like to e-mail me I can go much more in depth- schattnerk@yahoo.com. Cheers!

  • Leslie Orozco

    hi i was wondering if you have to do one of the tours to do this or can you just walk in and do it on your own? its $6 you said?

    • Esther De La Rosa

      No tour is required.:)

  • http://www.piezloves.com Kelly Piez

    This is just gorgeous! We recently got back from a trip ourselves and have blogged about it at http://www.piezloves.com too. It was so hard to photograph but you’ve done well. I don’t think photos will ever do it justice though!! xx