During my trip to Merida, Mexico, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most famous cenotes on the Yucatan, Ik Kil. Ik Kil is located a couple miles away from one of the Seven New Wonders of the World – Chichen Itza – making the Ik Kil cenote a popular tourist destination for any travelers going to visit the Wonder. My new friend Ellie had shown me pictures of Ik Kil on her phone and mentioned how she wanted to go there, and from the pictures she showed me the cenote looked really pretty. What the pictures don’t show you is the area around the cenote.
When you get to Ik Kil, you have to stop at a center to pay to gain access to the cenote. Then you walk through the area entrance and find that there is a hotel located right at the cenote, along with shops, a huge changing area and restaurants. You can walk past the cenote and look down into it from the top, but the set up of it almost reminded me of being at an amusement park where there are railings, cement walkways, and even the stairs leading to the cenote were cement stairs with fake rock walls.
The cenote was in fact pretty regardless, but in my opinion it a huge tourist trap. I think I would have much rather gone to a different cenote that isn’t as well known and would have most likely been just as pretty. I’m glad that I go to go and experience Ik Kil, but I think if I were to ever go to the Yucatan again, I would try to find some less known cenotes to check out instead.