What Is A Cenote?: The Mysterious Past Of Ik Kil
Over 15 years ago we visited this cenote named Ik Kil. It can be found near the famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. If you have ever driven any long stretch of road in the Yucatan you should be familiar with cenotes as you can see signs for them all over the place. Sometimes you’ll see handmade signs on the side of road. If you dare follow them, it’s likely you’ll find yourself in someone’s private backyard where the ground gave way and a cenote was discovered. Over the years we have stumbled upon many amazing cenotes this way. The cenote in this photo, Ik Kil, reaches a depth of 130 feet and was once used for Mayan sacrifices and rituals. When it was first discovered, archaeologists found ancient jewelry and bone remains at the bottom. Would you swim in it?