Ik Kil

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The cenote at Ik Kil.

Ik Kil is a well known 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 and is often included in bus tours.


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 down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter and about 40 metres (130 ft) deep.[1]

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.

The cenote is part of a larger complex of a restaurant, store, changing rooms, and cottages for rent. There is also a Mayan ruin on the site.

Red Bull Diving Competition[edit]

Ik Kil was a stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2010, 2011 and 2014.[2][3] [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cenotes, Underwater Sinkholes". Yucatan Today. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Leap of faith: Cliff divers launch themselves 90ft the sacred waters of a Mexican sinkhole". 7 June 2010. London: Daily Mail. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Red Bull Cliff Diving, Cenote Ik Kil". 12 April 2011. Behind Magazine. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  4. ^ October 2014 "Diving Into Deepest Mexico" Check |url= value (help). Red Bull Cliff Diving. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 

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Coordinates: 20°39′43″N 88°33′01″W / 20.661879°N 88.550363°W / 20.661879; -88.550363 (Cenote Ik Kil)