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Sacred Cenote

Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
+52 984 147 5210
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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 1 week ago

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 1 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
Reviewed 30 October 2017

A quiet quick stop. Not a lot to see other than the Cenote. You can swim if you want, but must shower first! A long hike down several terraced steps. Was glad I did not go all the way down, coming back up my hips...More

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Absolutely nothing to see. Go there only if you want to have a look at the tout’s offerings. Wouldn’t do it again.

Thank Jonathan G
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We went chichen itza and then came here which was much needed after it being so hot there! It's so refreshing and jumping from the stairs was great! They gave us life jackets so my 3 year old could swim in it aswell and he...More

Thank Dan H
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Wonderful place. contacting to old Maya traditions.Nature and people to see.Must to take swimming suite. Very well organised to visit. take an organised tour with pyramid and lunch.

Thank Liviu L
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is one of the places that you have to visit when you come to Xichen Itza, love the views that you can get from the top and if you are a bit tired there is a nice coffee shop that you can use the...More

Thank Walther O
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We heard about the three Cenote's that were around the area, one on each side, just outside of the "center of the universe" and I'll let you discover where the third one is. 😁 Take the time to walk down and see this, because it's...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Interesting to hear the history behind the cenote and the sacrifices and offerings made there. The pit is full of green murky water but worth the 10 minute walk from the ruins of chichen itza to see it.

Thank zoopy89
Reviewed 22 September 2017

It may be sacred, but it's horribly green and looks contaminated. What on earth did they throw down in there?? Don't bother....

Thank Chris M
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Pamela Q
8 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..!.