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As I sit reminiscing of my travels to the Riviera Maya in Mexico, and our visit to the cave-Cenote, Dos Ojos, I wanted to share the other type of Cenote that we had the chance to visit… the open-air Cenote.

To make the most of our short time in Tulum, we participated in a day-tour that included a visit to Cenote Ik’Kil, near the historic Chichén Itzá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 

(Cenote IK’KIL) “…is open to the sky with the water level about 26 metres (85 ft) below ground level. There is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter and about 40 metres (130 ft) deep. There are vines which reach from the opening all the way down to the water along with small waterfalls. There are black catfish which swim in the cenote. Cenote Ik Kil is sacred to the Mayans and the Mayans used this cenote for both relaxation and ritual services…” [Wikipedia]

Here are some photos to share in this experience…




Submitted as part of the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, Depth

For more information on Cenote Ik’Kil, see the following links:
1. http://www.cenote-ik-kil.com/
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ik_Kil 
3. http://extendcreative.com/cenote-ik-kil-meksiko-the-mysterious-beautiful-lake/