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Cenote IK Kil

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Cenotes (Spanish "cenote") is called a natural karst formation. It can be a lake or a well, and sometimes whole cave formations with ground water. Cenote IK Kil (in Mayan language "the place where the wind is born") is one of the largest of the 6,000 cenotes of the Peninsula Utcan. According to the beliefs of the ancient Maya culture, cenotes were sacred and served as the entrance to the underworld.

To get to the IK-Kil by car in around 10 minutes from the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza. The depth of this karst lake is a little over 42 metres, and in diameter cenote - 61 meters. To go swimming in the lake, go to the stone stairs on the way you will stop at two large viewing platforms. In recesses in the walls of the cenote there are small balconies where you can also admire its beauty. Wall IK-Kil is fortified and specially decorated with small waterfalls and stalactites.

Top IK Kil similar to a conventional well. Scientists explain the formation of these smooth round holes is simple: when in the cave the water level is understood, its walls crumble inside. From above into the recess hanging roots of trees and vines. The water is an amazing blue color, this is due to the high content of limestone and plankton. At cenote inhabited by small black carp. The water temperature is almost the same year-round and very comfortable for swimming from 22 to 25 degrees.

It has all to make your visit easier. Nearby is a cozy restaurant and toilets.