Cenote Ik Kil Mexico, Mayan Pool of Sacrifice
Cenote Ik Kil, Ranked #1 Cenote in “Cenotes – Nature’s best swimming pools“. Interestingly the Yucatan region in Mexico is said to have over 5,000 cenotes because of the large amounts of limestone rocks in the region. Limestone because of their soft nature tend to sink in of there is water under it (sink-holes form when the limestone is eroded by water). Hence the phenomenon.
Cenote Ik Kil’s Dark Past
People no longer remember the dark past of Cenote Ik Kil. Once used by the Mayans as the pool of human sacrifice for their rain god, today its an exotic swimming experience for tourist visiting nearby Chichén Itzá. The Mayan called it the “Sacred Blue Cenote”. Typically Cenotes are connections to underground water bodies which were used as sources of water in the past.
Stairs from the top take you down to the Ik Kil which is 85 ft from the surface . The cenote is popular among adventure travellers; with snorkelling, swimming and diving being the main activity. There are near by stay options, so you need not travel to get here. (Ik Kil photo credit)