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Sacred Cenote

Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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This natural well, spanning 60 meters in diameter and reaching a depth of 22 meters, was used by the Mayans as a sacrificial pit for virgins, warriors and even infants.
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Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
+52 984 147 5210
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Reviewed 3 days ago

You wouldn't know it to look at it today, but this was the location where the Mayans performed a lot of their human sacrifices. Knowing that, it's hard to look at it without thinking of the centuries of sacrificial death that took place here.

Thank mrancer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the place, where magic and sacrifice happend. Nice natural bond (cenote) few minutes walking distance from kukulkan temple. Worth of visiting, yes👍

Thank default342018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To see this Cenote you can only imagine the work that was required to make this happen. You can almost see the workers hauling water up and the activity surrounding this incredible site. Its a little overgrown and some areas are hard to see clearly...More

Reviewed 11 January 2018

The mouth of the Cenote looks small from the top but when you go to the water, you see the expanse of this. Highly recommended to visit, swim in. There are showers and life jackets available (for non swimmers). Not the best sink hole that...More

2  Thank Touchstone11
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Like the rest of Chichen Itza, a sorry disappointment. Surely incredible before the tourist horses descended and the same-same tourist tat sellers set up shop. Cordoned off so you can't reach it but was a stagnant murky pool strangled with jungle vines and plastic rubbish.

2  Thank princessadventure
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

This is the sacred sink hole at Chichen Itza. It is not that interesting. There are bigger and more scenic cenotes all over the Yucatán, including the one in Valledolid. If you are pressed for time, you can skip this.

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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Maybe not very sacred to write this, but the best thing about making the 500m trek to the cenote was the bargain hunting for souvenirs. You can read other reviews about the cenote...not very exciting...go far right to get the best view. This area is...More

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Reviewed 20 December 2017

After touring Chichen Itza, it's just a short ride to the cenote. The walk down is a bit slippery so wear some surf shoes. The atmosphere seems other worldly. You can jump in from a 2 story high platform or use the ladders if you're...More

Thank globalbajan
Reviewed 10 December 2017

This sacred site has a very interesting past. In ancient times, humans were sacrificed in this pool - they were adorned with heavy jewelry and then thrown in the cenote. Unfortunately, much of the jewelry was stolen by an early "archeologist" and removed from the...More

Thank ngg999
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

This cenote is the source of the sites name, the mouth of the well of the Itza. This can be found within the site & is associated with where sacrifices were made. When dredged a number of skeletons & artefacts were found.

Thank Nikki_R_BHam
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Pamela Q
9 December 2016|
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Response from Liliana M | Reviewed this property |
the local guides are at the entrance, not at the Cenote. I totally encoraje to get one because you a can learn so much about the place.
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James F
8 March 2016|
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Response from leslie s | Reviewed this property |
When i went to the tour i left from my hotel to chichen itza, then to valladolid, to my undertanding there are two cenotes, one which the cenote sagrado at chichen itza which you can not swim there, from the great pyrimad to... More
7 March 2015|
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Response from runawaywinterbirds | Reviewed this property |
Just be careful of the sun, and the heat..!.