Sacred Cenote
Sacred Cenote
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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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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI527 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This was a sacred water hole for the ancient Mayans - source of drinking water and for watering crops. Now it's a swimming pool.
Written 2 September 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Bit of a walk for my kids down to this cenote, but mostly shaded (and lined with vendors). The view isn't really worth it- mostly just the history of knowing what was done here. But, we were treated to some excellent close up views of motmots while were were here, so for us, it was completely worth the trek.
Written 21 March 2022
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Taylor, MI445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
It was beautiful to see. The day we were on our tour it began to rain so we could not swim in the cenote. We tried to wait it out but the rain was coming down hard and didn't seem like it was going to stop. So we took tons of pictures of the beautiful place.
Written 31 October 2021
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,075 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
Just walking to cenote, it's not one to swim in is green and where performed sacrifices, chaining women to drown, nothing on boards to explain
Written 26 February 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Cenotes are among the biggest attractions on Yucatan, as there're over 6.000 of them. In most of them you can swim, which is an unforgettable experience.
This one in Chichen Itza differs from all others. You cannot dip there, and it had a special meaning for Maya.
Cenote Sagrado is the one where they threw gold, jade and human offerings to Rain God Chaac. It's considered the most sacred one.
It's on the northern side of the complex, easy walkable from the Castillo after a row of vendors.
Do not expect something outstanding apart the hole filled with murky water, but rather use your imagination when there.
Written 9 February 2021
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,657 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We walked a little ways off through countess of annoying vendors only to barely be able to see this Cenote. There are too many trees in the way, and you can't get too close to get a good look or pictures of it.
Written 26 October 2020
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Patricia R
Targu Mures, Romania192 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Since this was the sacred cenote I was expecting maybe a little more information (descriptive panels are short in the information they provide thought the Chichen Itza archeological site). Maybe I had my expectations raise too high, but somehow it was disappointing
Written 9 March 2020
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,656 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Sacred Cenote is at the far end of the Chichen-Itza complex. To get here you must walk past a row of vendors doing their best to sell their wares.
While the cenote has a great deal of significance to the Chichen-Itza site, we found it unimpressive. You can't get too close to it and it looks quite grimmy. We overheard a guide say that the water must be still running albeit slowly as the water doesn't have a stagnant smell.
We noticed a few tourists smoking here, which we found quite disrespectful as the entire Chichen-Itza is no smoking.
Written 16 February 2020
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Tomi T
Novo Mesto, Slovenia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Yucatán Peninsula is composed of carbonate and soluble rocks, mostly of limestone, although dolomite and evaporites are also present at different depths. The entire Yucatán Peninsula is an opaque, lying Karst region. Recessed sunken caves, locally known as cenotes, are a common occurrence in the northern lowlands of the peninsula.

Cenote caves are karst caves that are completely or mostly flooded with water. Cenote can be an underground cave, an abyss or a cave. The name of the cenote is derived from the language of the ancient Mayans from the Yucatan Peninsula. Today, cenotes are important archeological sites, because in the civilization of the ancient Mayans, these sites were places where they threw gifts.
Written 8 January 2020
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WILLIAM M
Trenton, MO98 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I thought I would go see this. The walk is easy but this is a hole in the ground with wateer in it. Nothing to see
Written 25 December 2019
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