Ik Kil

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The cenote at Ik Kil

Ik Kil is a cenote outside Pisté in the Tinúm Municipality, Yucatán, Mexico. It 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.


Looking down into the cenote

The cenote is open to the sky with the water level about 26 metres (85 ft) below ground level. There is a carved stairway that leads down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter and about 48 metres (157 ft) deep.[1]

Cenote Ik Kil is near the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, on the highway to Valladolid. Ik Kil was considered sacred by the Mayans who used the site as a location for human sacrifice to their rain god, Chaac. Bones and pieces of jewelry were found in the deep waters of this cenote by archaeologists and speleologists.[2]

The cenote is part of a complex that includes a restaurant and hotel.[3] Ik Kil was a location on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2010, 2011 and 2014.[4][5]

Stairs to access

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cenotes, Underwater Sinkholes". Yucatan Today. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Cenote Ik-Kil". Cenotes of Mexico. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "cenote Ik Kil at Valladolid Mexico".
  4. ^ "Red Bull Cliff Diving, Cenote Ik Kil". 12 April 2011. Behind Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Diving Into Deepest Mexico". Red Bull Cliff Diving. Retrieved 16 March 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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Coordinates: 20°39′39″N 88°33′02″W / 20.6609°N 88.5505°W / 20.6609; -88.5505