The Ik Kil cenote in Yucatan is a place where the magic of nature manifests in the most evident and powerful way. Get to know more about the history, the opening hours, entrance fee and all the information that you need about this place.
A ancient sacred space
Back in the day, the Mayans considered cenotes to be sacred places, like windows into the mysterious and unknown depths of the Earth. This is also the case for Ik Kil, who would make rituals and offerings to Chaac, the god of rain, as confirmed by the human skeletons, jewelry and other valuable objects that have been found at the bottom.
To this day, you can kind of sense that very solemn and mystic vibe as the whole place feels like a natural temple, with its jug-like shape, several waterfalls spilling water through its walls and beautiful plants hanging all around you.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, though. On the contrary, there are two platforms from which you can take a plunge into the fresh water of the cenote. The taller one from the two is actually a thriller!
All you need to know about Ik Kil
The Ik Kil cenote is just over a mile from the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza. To get there from Merida, you must take the 180 federal highway eastbound (heading to Cancun) and then take the exit to Chichen Itza. Instead of stopping at the entrance of the archaeological site, continue and follow the signs that point to Ik Kil. Remember, you can also just take a bus that will get you directly to the cenote or hire a tour that will allow you to visit both the cenote and the ruins.
The entrance fee for Ik Kil is $80 pesos (about $5 USD). This doesn’t include lifejackets or locker space. At the site, you will find a store, a restaurant and changing rooms. The cenote is open to the public every day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
As you walk down the stairs that lead you to the water of the Ik Kil cenote, you will surely feel like you’re descending into a sacred cave, a living temple in which the magic side of nature is always to be found.
Remember to book a room in City Express Merida, the best place to get back to from your many adventures in Yucatan and get a good night’s rest.