Cenote Ik Kil is not a real afterlife gate, but rather a giant wells. Local communities believe the site is a gateway to the afterlife. But now, Cenote Ik Kil become an exotic tourist destination. You are interested in swimming there? Cenote Ik Kil is one of the relics of the Mayan civilization. Located not far from Chichen Itza, a Mayan pyramid in Valladolid, Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. The place is actually a source of fresh water that is underground. Although during the dry season, the water discharge in Cenote Ik Kil never subsided or discolored.
Diameter of Cenote Ik Kil is about 60 meters with a depth of 35 meters. The water surface is 25 meters above the ground. Travelers can enjoy a different experience when swimming there. Blue water, cool and fresh look pretty when reflects sunlight. Tree roots dangling above your head while swimming add to the natural atmosphere.
In the language of Mexico, “cenote” means wells and “ik kil” means the offering. Yes, in these wells, the ancient Mayans performing rituals and sacrificial offerings tossed into it. Many girls who become casualties because the Mayans believed that the girl be victim will go to heaven. In addition to the girl, they also threw valuables such as gold as an offering. But, you need not worry because the ritual was abandoned centuries ago.
Well, if you want to swim, you have to down the stairs to the bottom of Cenote Ik Kil. Anyway, if you want adrenaline, you can jump from the top of the well, but usually these activities should only be performed by a professional jumper. Ticket prices are about 60 pesos for all ages. As information, for tourists who are less proficient in swimming, they can rent a flat provided by the organizer. Anyway, if bringing small children do not forget to always watch for security.
To reach the Cenote Ik Kil travel destination, you can rent a car or bus through Mexico 108O s 108 E of the city of Valladolid. Before you get to that place, you can visit the legendary Chichen Itza pyramid.
When you pay a visit to Mexico, time to visit some other tourist destinations such as Cuixmala, El Parian de Pueble and Isla Navidad. For souvenirs, tourists can buy pickled jalapeno peppers. If you want to rest, you can stay at Veracruz Centro Historico Hotel, Concha Dorada Hotel and Veracruz Plaza Hostal.