Ik Kil cenote, Yucatán, Mexico

Ik Kil Cenote, (some refer to it as ikil cenote) is a deep natural pit usually open to the sky (formed by the collapsing of a cave), Mexico has a special name for those kind of places: “cenote” -taken from Mayan language word for a well. some Cenotes were a sacred, Young men and women were thrown and left to drown there,as a sacrifice to the god of rain).
Ik Kil cenote is a popular stop on the way to the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza (specifically popular among bus tours, since there is a restaurant and store on The Premises) the Cenote is about 25 meters beneath the surface,  The stairway is beautifully lit up & carved into limestone rock and reaches the swimming platform, usually crowded with swimmers, the pool itself is about 60 meters in diameter, the water are very deep around 35 meters. There are vines descending from the top and little water drops constantly flow from above. There are some black catfish which live on the pool, not to worry they don’t bite.
in 2010 & 2011 there was a crazy Red Bull Diving Competition (scroll all the way to the end of the post to see the video) the divers jumped into the cool water from  a platform placed all the way above the Cenote.
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  1. The Yucatan has lots of cenotes. The ones along the Caribbean coast are mostly open-air but many in the interior are more cave-like, like the one shown here. One of my favorites is Cuzama, about 45 minutes from Merida. It’s actually a series of 3 cenotes, and you reach them via horse-drawn cart. Worth checking out.

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  6. This is perfect place for swimming in the clear blue water. This natural swimming pool is 196 feet wide and about 130 feet deep, it is an open cenote about 85 feet from the surface. The Mayan Pool is popular tourist destination. The pool was used by Red bull to host their Cliff Diving World Series in 2012. Participants from around the world came there and experienced the thrilling adventure. Here are some more photos:

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