The impressive Ik-Kil Cenote Yucatan
Are you planning to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá? Fantastic! Because at the very end of the road leading to these famous pyramids, you’ll find one of the most beautiful cenotes in Valladolid: the impressive Ik-Kil Cenote.
One of the most striking features of the Ik-Kil Cenote is the light that filters down from above, illuminating the mini waterfalls, vegetation, and vines that cling to the edges of the cenote and drape down from the top like a curtain.
Don’t miss out on this incredible experience! It’s just a few minutes away from the ruins.
About the Ik Kil Cenote Yucatan
The Ik Kil cenote is located at a depth of approximately 30 meters, and it’s said that archaeologists have found bones and jewelry in the depths of its waters, a sign of what was once a sacred site of Mayan sacrifices.
The Ik Kil cenote is a popular stop on the way to the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, specifically popular among bus tours from Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Tulum to Chichen Itza.
▪ How deep is the Ik Kil cenote?
The water level of the Ik Kil cenote is about 30 meters (100 feet) below the surface level.
The walls drop directly to the bottom of the cenote at a depth of 50 meters (150 feet) below the water level, making this cenote 80 meters (240 feet) deep. Its diameter is approximately 60 meters (200 feet).
Why is Ik Kil the Most Beautiful Cenote in Yucatan?
The walls of the cenote are covered with green leaves, and vines hang from the top of the cenote, dipping into the water and creating a majestic look.
The perfectly round shape of the Ik Kil’s straight walls creates an incredible atmosphere, making it one of the most beautiful cenotes in Yucatan.
Its size, vines, and tall straight walls covered in green leaves make Ik Kil a sight to behold.
How to Get to Cenote Ik Kil
If you’re driving yourself, Ik Kil is very easy to reach as it’s right off Highway 180 between Piste and Valladolid. You’ll see signs along the way.
➭ From Piste to Ik Kil:
The cenote is only 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from Piste and 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from Chichén Itzá. A taxi from Chichén Itzá or Piste should never cost more than $5.
➭ From Valladolid to Cenote Ik Kil:
You have 3 options for traveling from Valladolid to the cenote. You can take a bus, hop on a colectivo, or take a taxi. Of course, this doesn’t include if you’re traveling in your own car or a rental car.
Taxis charge at least 300 pesos ($20) per trip. The distance from Valladolid to Ik Kil is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) and takes 40 minutes.
Colectivos are located on Calle 39, between Calle 44 and Calle 46. The cost is 35 pesos ($1.85) and they drop you off right at the entrance of the cenote. You can take them throughout the day, but they only depart for the cenote once all passengers have boarded to fill their capacity.
The Best Way to Reach Ik Kil from Valladolid
If you’re planning to visit the stunning Ik Kil cenote from Valladolid, the best way to get there is by taking an Oriente bus from the Valladolid bus station.
- The bus station is located at the corner of 46th street and 39th street, and there are nearly 20 buses per day that depart from there, starting at 8:30 am.
- We recommend taking the 10:30 am bus, as it allows for plenty of time to explore the cenote without feeling rushed.
- So head to the Valladolid bus station and hop on an Oriente bus to experience the beauty of Ik Kil.
➭ From Merida to the Ik Kil Cenote
It’s a long way (130 km / 80 miles) but it’s possible! From the bus station in Merida, Mexico, take a bus to Piste.
Once there, you’ll need to take a taxi for a couple of dollars to the entrance of the Ik Kil Cenote.
Visiting the Cenote Ik Kil Yucatan Mexico
We’ve had the pleasure of visiting this cenote on two occasions, both times on our way back from Chichen Itza (it’s only a few kilometers away).
Luckily, there weren’t too many people there when we arrived (it’s a popular stop for bus tours). We were able to take advantage of an hour of swimming and relaxing without any issues.
I absolutely loved the vines hanging from the surface of the water and how the small waterfalls create a unique atmosphere.
▪ Cenote Ik Kil Schedule
What are the opening hours for Cenote Ik Kil Mexico? The cenote is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The last entry is at 5:00 pm, but you can stay until 5:30 pm until everyone is out of the water and you are asked to return to the top.
▪ Cenote Ik Kil Entrance Fee
How much does it cost to enter Ik Kil Cenote? The price is 180 pesos (USD 10) for adults. Some foreign currencies are accepted, but at a very unfavorable exchange rate. There are no group discounts.
*Note: it is important that you confirm the price before you go because the prices mentioned correspond to the time when we visited them: Phone: (+52)999 329 3654 (number on Google My Business)
There is a large and free parking area at Ik Kil. If you’re driving, you don’t need to worry about finding a parking spot.
▪ The Best Time to Visit Cenote Ik Kil at Chichen Itza
If you want to fully enjoy this cenote, visit it early. After 11:30 am, tour groups start to arrive and large buses make their appearance.
We visited at 11:00 am and it was still quite quiet, with no more than 30 people inside the cenote. An hour later, there were likely over 100 people around.
▪ Ik Kil Tours
Tourist buses come and go, but not early in the morning. Most people combine Chichen Itza tours with Ik Kil, which can make it crowded at times.
Ik Kil tours no longer arrive after 4:00 pm, so the last hour is also a good time to visit.
▪ Lockers and Dressing Rooms
Dressing rooms and bathrooms are located next to the stairs that lead to the water. Here you can also rent lockers for your valuables. Lockers cost 30 pesos (1.6 dollars).
In case you forget to bring a towel, you can also rent one at Ik Kil. The towel rental is 30 pesos (1.6 dollars) with a 70-peso deposit (3.7 dollars).
▪ Life Jackets for Rent
There is the option to rent a life jacket for those who are not the strongest swimmers. You’ll find them next to the dressing rooms and they cost 30 pesos (1.6 dollars).
There are always two lifeguards on duty at Ik Kil. Although swimming is at your own risk, the lifeguards are attentive.
There are ropes in the water to hold onto when you’re tired, as there is no shallow area. There are two ladders to enter the water.
▪ No Jumping from the Top Allowed
Don’t be tempted to visit Ik Kil with the idea of jumping from the top, as it’s NOT allowed. There are signs around the area warning against this, as well as security guards.
Using drones inside the Ik Kil park is strictly prohibited.
▪ High Diving at Cenote Ik Kil at Chichen Itza
There is a ladder that leads up to a raised platform. This is where the lifeguards sit, but it’s also a great spot to dive into the cenote.
The diving platforms vary slightly in height between 3 meters and 6 meters. If you’re looking to cliff jump, then the Cenote Zaci in Valladolid is an ideal spot.
▪ Loungers and Hammocks
For those looking to make a day of it, there are plenty of hammocks and loungers throughout the park to relax in. Of course, you can also buy drinks.
Staying until the end of the day and then enjoying the cenote after everyone else has gone is a great idea, especially for those who have their own car or have rented one.
▪ Ik Kil Restaurant
There are two restaurants and a couple of small shops selling ice cream and drinks.
The cafeteria is a great spot to grab a drink after swimming in the cenote. A large and delicious serving of guacamole only costs 55 Pesos ($2.50). A beer costs 65 Pesos ($3) per bottle. A cheeseburger or sandwich costs 70 Pesos ($3.50).
There’s also a buffet restaurant, where for a fixed price of 180 Pesos ($9), you can eat as much as you want.
▪ There is Accommodation at Ik Kil
At the site, there are bungalows available for around $50 per night that can be reserved in advance. Although we did not stay in one of them, we happened to pass by an open door and caught a glimpse of how beautiful they are.
This time, we decided to spend the night at the Hotel Doralba Inn Chichen, which boasts a pool, and then continue our journey the next day. It’s comfortable and quite affordable, at around 850 pesos (45 dollars per room per night for two passengers). Breakfast is included and the rooms are quite nice. The reviews rate it 7.9 out of over 1,200 reviews.
During our previous trip, we stayed for 2 nights in Chichen Itza, at the fantastic Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows. This magnificent hotel is located in the heart of the Chichen Itza archaeological park. It’s beautiful, and best of all, it has a private entrance to the famous temples of Chichen Itza.
✅ Where to Stay in Valladolid
If you don’t want to stay at Ik Kil and are looking for a hotel in Valladolid, then we suggest you take a look at this guide we’ve prepared for you with our recommendations for accommodations in this city.
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✅ How to Care for the Cenote
DO NOT touch the vines Although it may be tempting to swim in the cenote, touching the vines is prohibited, and the lifeguards and security staff will be watching. Please help preserve the beauty of the Ik Kil cenote!
Extra Care When visiting cenotes in general, please avoid using makeup, skin care products, insect repellents, and sunscreen. After all, cenotes are a source of fresh water that forms part of underground rivers. At Ik Kil, there are multiple signs asking you to shower before entering the water and rinse your body.
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The mystical allure of Ik-Kil Cenote is undeniable. With its deep blue waters, cascading waterfalls, and ethereal vines, it stands as a testament to nature’s artistry. My visit to this natural wonder was nothing short of magical. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just looking for a refreshing swim, this cenote offers a unique experience that resonates with both the body and soul. The close proximity to the historic Chichen Itza adds to its appeal, making it a must-visit destination in the Yucatán Peninsula. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty that is Ik-Kil.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone swim in Ik-Kil Cenote?
Yes, Ik-Kil Cenote is open to the public, and visitors of all ages can enjoy swimming. However, those who aren't strong swimmers should consider using a life jacket, which is usually available for rent on-site.
Are there facilities and amenities at Ik-Kil Cenote?
Yes, the cenote is well-equipped with facilities like restrooms, changing rooms, and even a restaurant. You can comfortably spend a day exploring and relaxing at the site.
Is diving permitted in Ik-Kil Cenote?
Yes, diving is allowed, but it's typically restricted to certified divers. The cenote offers unique underwater views, making it a popular spot for divers.
How do I get to Ik-Kil Cenote?
Ik-Kil Cenote is easily accessible by car or through organized tours. It's located about 3 km from the Chichen Itza archaeological site, and there are signposts and guides to assist you.
Are there any safety concerns at Ik-Kil Cenote?
The cenote is generally considered safe for visitors. There are lifeguards on duty, and safety rules are clearly posted. As with any natural body of water, it's wise to follow guidelines and take common-sense precautions.
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