It’s March Break and right about now I’m really wishing I was somewhere tropical. So how about
There are thousands of Cenotes along the
Peninsula, but one of the prettiest is Cenote Ik Kil.
Many of the Cenotes are highly developed tourist centres, but in it’s usually wiser to stick to the well
travelled paths. Mexico
Cenote Ik Kil is 200 feet across and almost perfectly round. The water surface is about 85 feet below the ground above. A stairway carved into the rock leads down to a swimming platform, where visitors can swim and snorkel in the natural pool. The staircase is lit up beautifully in the evening. The water in the Cenote is very deep. Vegetation hangs in over the edges of the Cenote, including vines which reach all the way down to the surface of the water, and small waterfalls pour over the edges. Apparently there are catfish that live in the Cenote which would really be a problem for me, because I absolutely hate fish… but hopefully I could get over it and just enjoy the Cenote.
The Cenote is surrounded by cottages for visitors to rent, a restaurant, gift shop and changing rooms.
What to do? Cenote Ik Kil is part of the Ik Kil archaeological park, and is very close to
, a set of Mayan ruins and a very popular site
for tourists. Cenote Ik Kil is also very close to Ek Balam, another set of
ruins, which I would chose over Chichen Itza because it is apparently much less of a
tourist trap and you can actually climb the temple. Chichen Itza
Ek Balam also has its own nearby Cenote, called Cenote Maya. After you explore the Mayan ruins, you can swim and zipline in the breathtaking Cenote Maya, which is quite a different experience from Cenote Ik Kil, since the two are so different geologically.
What to eat? There is only one restaurant at Cenote Ik Kil, so not much choice there… but it is apparently excellent and buffet style, so wahoo!
You can also stay at one of the many resorts and take bus tours through the entire area, depending on what kind of experience you are looking for.