The Ik-Kil cenote is two miles from the ruins of Chichen Itza, right near the Dolores Alba hotel. Cenotes are cavernous holes in the rock which have captured rainwater and created subterranean lagoons. It's incredible to go swimming in such a giant natural fresh-water swimming pool with the lilies and the perches.
I didn't dare bathe in the cenote, though I had intended to. But it's not the same view when you see one in a photograph as it is to walk down a cave mouth, on a stone staircase and be hit suddenly by the dark humidity. Even though the water was very clean and illuminated, it only impressed by a little. So I just watched the natural stone dome and took some pictures, which you can see gives an almost scary feeling with the dark, quiet waters. There are many cenotes in the Yucatan, which used to be used as water tanks and supposedly as altars to the gods of water. Many valuables have been found in them that were thrown in by a priest making a tribute. It's believed that the offerings could also include human beings, from the remains found at the bottom by divers.
These caverns are wide and impressive areas that can reach a height of 30 or 40 meters and there are big stalactites hanging everywhere. Stalagmites also arise in cases connected forming gigantic columns. These caves were used by man 2500 years ago but are remembered as indigenous refuge in the wars. It took a little over an hour to leave them and return to the origin. The output was a sinkhole, but then we saw we had to climb to get out a little. Permit me a small geological explanation by which I try to explain the veneration of the Yucatec Maya Chac, the god of rain. After the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala, the magnificent Yucatan Peninsula appeared. This plain has a very marked dry season. The dry season has a very strong water shortages and drought caused major catastrophes. This required a great devotion to the god of rain. The lack of water and rivers is due to the composition of the rocky, mostly limestone. This rock is very permeable and used to form the surface karst and caves and potholes large underground when the thickness of the limestone layer is deep. The Maya down to them to worship the gods and also to draw otherworldly stone temples. Loltún caves are a good summary of what is explained above.
Virtually it is a virgin and is in the jungle, so you have to get there by car on dirt roads. is a unique place where you can take in nature. It is recommended to wear hiking boots, bring flashlights, ropes and a GPS if you have to place. Be careful with the rock formations so you do not to mess up thousands of years of history.