Day trip toYucatan
Ik Kil, Yucatan < Chichén-Itzá, Yucatán <El Castillo<Temple of the Warriors< Templo de las Grandes Mesas<Plataforma de Venus<El Caracol < Tulum Archaeological Zone
Cenote IK KIL is located 200km or 125 miles from Cancun and 3 kilometers or 1.8 miles from the great Chichen Itza. Cenotes are sinkholes of freshwater formations created by carbonate and other minerals diluted in the soil. Underground rivers supply water to all cenotes in the Yucatán peninsula.The Mayan civilization believed the cenotes were the entrance to the underworld.
This place is 164ft deep,so it is recommended to wear a life jacket if you plan to dive there. This massive natural swimming pool is draped with vines and tree roots hanging down from the ceiling. It is absolutely stunning to see the sun rays falling on the water and creating a magical sparkle all around; it is truly nothing less than a deep tropical hidden paradise.Well organized and clean cenote. There are changing rooms, lockers, showers, and life jackets. Be prepared to walk down and up stairs to get in and out of the cenote. There is a platform to jump from, but there will be a line during busy times. The water is clear and you can see small fish. Outside the cenote is a restaurant and souvenirs stand. If you're here in the morning, you'll avoid the crowds returning from Chichen Itza.
El Castillo; This restored step-pyramid & Maya temple is the highlight of the Chichen Itza archaeological site. The archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá, in Yucatán, is a Cultural Heritage of Mexico, and due to its importance it was recognized internationally, when it was declared and inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1988. The Mayan site is a source of invaluable data for the knowledge of the pre-Hispanic past. Due to its beauty and uniqueness, it is a cultural reference for all Mexicans, and, to a large extent, a symbol of indigenous and national identity.
Amazing experience, we took a private tour, and got time to tour around the places. This is an absolutely stunning view. The most important tip is to go early in the morning to avoid crowds. You definitely need sun protection. The structure is absolutely spectacular and stands tall in the heart of the ancient city. A place you should not miss visiting and if you go with a professional guide your experience will be more enjoyable.
You can find a historically valued ancient Mayan observatory from AD 906, featuring an interior spiral staircase, place, and temple. There are Templo de las Grandes Mesas, Plataforma de Venus, El Caracol and others that you will find very interesting.
After seeing the temples we headed to Tulum Archaeological Zone. You cannot visit Cancun and not see the Mayan Ruins of Tulum! It is an ancient walled city sitting on the edge of a cliff in Quintana Roo overlooking the Caribbean ocean and is quite a sight to behold. Sometimes ruins of Tulum can be flooded with tourists during most part of the day, it is sometimes possible to find a secluded corner to enjoy Mexico’s fascinating history.
While at Tulum, you should definitely plan to visit Playa Paraiso – a beautiful beach surrounded by rocky cliffs.
- Recommendation: Wear a Life Jacket, the cenote is 164ft deep !!
- Tulum Archaeological Zone is Archaeologically and historically valued!! Highly recommend.