Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik Kil in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula

? Photography by Elizabeth Zamora

For today’s post, we are traveling from Playa del Carmen to the Yucatán where we will visit Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik Kil. I am so excited to share my experience after visiting both locations since they had been on my bucket list for years!

Chichen Itza was the highlight of this day trip although Cenote Ik Kil was stunning! If you have not been to either place, I highly recommend it.

We decided to drive to both locations and spent most of our day at Chichen Itza. There was so much to see like the Great Ball Court, the Skull Platform, the Temple of the Warriors, El Osario, and El Caracol. Most importantly, the El Castillo – the central pyramid of Chichen Itza and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – was my favorite.

At Cenote Ik Kil – a natural sink hole – we had a magical experience jumping into the fresh water, which the Mayans considered sacred. I loved all the vines hanging down, as well as, swimming around and admiring our surroundings.

If you plan on visiting either place, check out the information below that will help during your trip. 

Chichen Itza:

> A world-famous ancient city in the Yucatán state of Mexico

> About a 2-ish hour drive from Playa del Carmen

> Entry fee of $8-$9 USD; Parking is free

> Mornings are the best time to visit

> There are plenty of vendors on-site to buy souvenirs

Cenote Ik Kil:

> After visiting Chichen Itza, head over to Cenote Ik Kil for a swim

> It is one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico

> About a 6-10 minute drive from Chichen Itza

> Entry fee of $5-$6 USD; Parking is free

> You can rent a locker and life jacket on-site

If you are looking for additional trip ideas in the Yucatán Peninsula area, check out my blog post about Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Have you been to Chichen Itza or Cenote Ik Kil? Tell me in the comments below!


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Featured Locations: Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik Kil

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6 Comment

  1. Reply
    September 15, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place! Those pyramids are amazing!

    1. Reply
      March 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Mexico has tons of pyramids! I hope to see most of them one day.

  2. Reply
    Jaye Shields
    September 16, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Great post. I’ve been there before and was a bit disappointed because it felt more like a postcard than ancient ruins. The area as a whole though is so amazing! I didn’t go to the Cenote so it’s cool to read about your experience there!

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      September 16, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      The in-person experience is very different from what we see in postcards, but none the less, still very beautiful. Next time you are in Mexico visit a cenote.

  3. Reply
    jennifer L
    September 16, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I adore Chichen Itza! My family and I usually make it an annual trip since I was a little girl over to Cancun so we always make a trip out to Chichen Itza. So much history and culture.

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      September 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      That is amazing! What a great family trip!

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