Ik Kil Cenote: A window to this scared world






Looking up, a streak of light shined through the window of a underworld heaven, flickering hanging vines and small waterfall, just like a rainforest. Everything was silence;  many people’s expressions range from excitement to nervousness. As they jumped into the cenote, they closed their eyes and opened their mouth; the cenote shouted among them, but no sound echoed in the cave, not even one. A silent scenery – I found a sense of peace in my world.

Despite the crowd, I still was lost in paradise. My younger brother told me that I ought to jump in from the stairs – which I hesitated. I have a fear of large bodies of water (such as ocean, lake, etc), but I knew I shouldn’t pass it; I’d regret it if I had never tried. As I jumped, I couldn’t help but to scream in fear and excitement. It turned out to be incredibly refreshing, especially in this humid weather during May.

How can anyone not find this such a profound beauty? A magnificent place that everyone should discover at least once in their lifetime.


  • It’s about 150 feet deep. If you aren’t a strong swimmer, you can rent a life-vest for about $5 USD.
  • It’s not handicap-friendly. There is no elevator instead of walking down about 90-100 steps.
  • If you are going to jump in and swim with the GoPro and other waterproof electronics (iphone, camera), it’s highly recommended to get a strap!
  • Ichthyophobia! If you have this, be prepare for fishes if you want to jump in.
  • Please use biodegradable sunscreen!

Have you been to any cenote in Mexico or in other country? 

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