Chichen Itza Magical Cenotes

Chichen-Itza magical cenotes

Chichen itza is known for the mysticism and scientific knowledge embodied in the construction of this city. The most famous Maya archaeological site and a wonder of the world.

The best cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula, just a few kilometers from colonial cities such as Valladolid and Merida. These can be the beginning of an incredible tour through the incredible state of Yucatan. We share some of them that you must add to your list of magical tunnels to plunge headfirst into water.

Cenote Ik-Kil

Cenote Ik Kil Chichen Itza

Dive into the waters of a cenote which only the ancient Mayan kings had access. The Sacred Blue Cenote Ik’kIl is located 3 km from Chichen Itza, is an almost perfect circular open cenote, surrounded by trees and lush vegetation that falls like a waterfall.

It is 40 m deep and its crystalline waters are ideal for swimming and even admire some goldfish, small catfish and even turtles. Also, if you’re intrepid you can be nailed from a platform 5 meters high. Perfect habitat for the hundreds of wild birds, wildlife and vegetation of the region.

In Ik ‘Kil you can also enjoy a buffet lunch consisting of traditional dishes from Yucatan.

Cenote Iguana

Another natural beauty, less than 10 minute walk from the chichen itza parking lot. You can appreciate archaeological remains of chichen itza, they say that in the ancient days the Mayans dumped bodies in this pit.

You can enjoy this magical place while you are visiting the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Although sometimes gets crowded, we recommend going on a good time in the morning and go before visiting the Mayan ruins to take advantage of this pit full of history.

Cenote Zaci

Cenote Zaci Chichen Itza

This gorgeous cenote is located in the center of Valladolid, only 45 minutes away from Chichen Itza.

As a tourist attraction Cenote Zaci has a restaurant specializing in regional Yucatecan food, it also has a space for handicrafts and a small zoo of birds of this region.

There are a great amount of birds, mainly swallows, that have made of this place its home and that give a sound ambiance to the cenote.

Cenote Palomitas

Cenote Palomitas Chichen Itza Yucatan

If you still are in Chichen Itza, and the desire to continue traveling is yet there, you can take the road to this village called Yalkoba, just an hour and 20 minutes away from the ruins, and you will find the Palomitas Cenote. When entering the town you will come across a sign that will lead you to the cenote, continue straight until you reach the church and turn left on there. Continue straight until you hit the site that awaits for you.

The Cenote is located underground, in spite of that its access is very easy because the people who take care of it have placed stone stairs, in addition there is a viewpoint to appreciate the cenote.

Beginning my Chichen-Itza tour for the first time

Beginning my Chichen-Itza tour for the first time

If you are interested in our precious architectural beauties you must know a few things before you take off to the ancient Yucatan.

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The great pyramid Kukulcan or as we say “El Castillo” (the castle), is the second most visited in our country, with its night shows and its snake-shaped architecture, makes it one of the most unique architectures in the whole world.

How to get there?

Chichen Itza by Car

The trip by car is 2 hr. away from Cancun. You can rent a car if you’re planning on taking it slow and visit around by yourself.

There are several options, like ADO, when you’re going alone or with a partner. It can be easier taking the bus, but a little bit higher.

There’s the private option too, most people go in groups with us, or maybe it’s a two people trip, but still they choose to go with us and share the trip with others so they pay less. We respect any kind of privacy and also we make it fun and accessible for you.

Don’t’ worry the process to get to the shuttle doesn’t take that long, you can be sure that once you’ve got your baggage you can go into our private buses and get to the place you’re interested.

Most people want to settled in Valladolid while they’re visiting Chichen-itza, so you can reserve a trip there, stay for a couple of nights, and go straight to the pyramids. We also can take you there anytime you want.

What do I need to start touring?

Chichen Itza by plane

You may know that Yucatan’s sun can burn a little at mid-day, so you will need lots of water a hat and a good pair of comfy shoes. Also remember there’s a parking area so if you’re going by car, you need to get there early before it’s crowded and pay a dollar ($10 pesos) for it. 

Take your time to enter the museum and visit the gift shop so you can enjoy the whole experience at a good time because they close the doors at 5:00pm.

Fun facts

There are two cenotes that connects to the Kukulcan center, cenote Sagrado and cenote Xtoloc.

They say there’s a an extra cenote under El Castillo, measuring from 20 to 30 meters from north to south, connecting to the other two, which cannot be proven yet.

With cenote Xkanjuyun at east and and cenote Holtun to the west, they believe they form a square going onto the center, which can be other tunnel of water.

If you have interest in acquiring a tour with us and private shuttle, send us a message, we’re always there for you. Check out: Chichen Itza Private Tours.

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How to get to Tulum from Cancun

Tulum seats in a magical location along the coast of the Riviera Maya with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea.

Tulum Mayan Ruins

The main building of Tulum is actually located in the highest place of the archaeological site with a perfect ocean view right in front of the coastal line.

Tulum was a focus point for the ancient mayans commerce, since all the commerce from Central America and from other parts of Mexico would arrive to Tulum by maritime transportation and then it would be delivered to other cities in the Yucatan Peninsula thru the city of Coba, which was the city in charge of the distribution to all local regions, as far as Chichen Itza.

Well, now lets get to the business of how to get to Tulum.

It’s pretty easy… just take our tour and we’ll take you 🙂

That of course is an option and you can book out tour at: Tulum Private Tour.

But let us give you some other options on how to get there.


Taxi to Tulum Ruins from Cancun

If you are staying in Cancun, you could take a taxi, depending on how many people you are, you can take a taxi for up to 4 people or another taxi for up to 6 people.

The taxi can be something really comfortable, however taxi prices will go really high since they don’t have set rates and you wouldn’t have a prior reservation with them.


Bus to Tulum Ruins

The bus is an easy and cheap option, the only thing is that you have to follow the timings of the ADO bus terminal. There are buses going from Cancun to Tulum town and buses going from Cancun to the Tulum ruins, the first bus is leaving at 7:50 am and the last is leaving at 9:45 am so you can decide from a couple of these. A recommendation is that is always good to arrive early in the morning.

Car Rental.

Cancun Car Rental to Tulum Ruins

Renting a Car is always a good option of you want to wander around the areas you are visiting. For example, you could rent a car and go to Tulum ruins early in the morning, then, depending on how early you ate, you can have a breakfast in one of the restaurants of Tulum on the beach and then spend some time on these gorgeous beaches. Or you can go to a cenote nearby on the highway on the way back to Cancun.

These are the most common options, I mean, if you want to take a bike, that would be perfect, but it is kind of far.

Just remember, we can take you there on our Private Tulum Tour 🙂

How to get to Chichen Itza

How to get to Chichen Itza.

Well, we normally provide our tour service to Chichen Itza as Chichen Itza Tour but we’ll tell you in this post the different ways you can get to Chichen Itza so you are aware.


The first economic option would be taking  the ADO bus from the Cancun bus terminal to Chichen Itza, this runs daily going out of Cancun at 8:45 am and departing from Chichen Itza at 4:30 pm.

Chichen Itza by bus


The ride takes about 3 hrs from one point to the other taking the toll road and the buses are well taken care of and they are first class.

The good think about this is the price and one thing that is not that good would be the timing and the privacy or ability to go anywhere you want.

Car Rental.

You could rent a car. This would be a cheap and easy option depending on the number of people you are. Renting a car can be un-expensive but the best thing is that you could go anywhere you want.

Chichen Itza by Car

You need to know how to drive of course and more importantly know how to drive in Cancun.

If you rent a car you’d like to know there are two ways you can get there, thru the toll road which is an exceptional road built for a faster transit. And there is the “freeway” which goes thru little towns in the Yucatan Peninsula. This road is drivable but it will take you longer to get to your destination, about 3:30 hrs.

Private Tour.

Of course. Take a private tour with Chichen Itza Tour and you’ll be in Chichen Itza in no time. This is for sure the best way to get to Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza on a private Tour

You can a private transportation for your party, relax thru the journey to get to Chichen Itza and have some refreshments in the road. We’ll take you to Chichen Itza first so you can enjoy the archaeological site and then we would take you to a cenote, this cenote can be anyone you choose or we can take to the best ones we know. You could of course eat at those places with no problem.

We can also take you for a small visit into a mayan town or Valladolid so you can have a glimpse of the area.


Chichen Itza by plane

Well yes, there is an option, this is $350 USD per person leaving every wednesday. You can check it out here: Fly to Chichen Itza


How long does it take to go from Cancun to Chichen Itza?

How long does it take to go from Cancun to Chichen Itza?

Well, this is really something interesting to talk about and we must say that it will all depend on how you get there… you can actually read here a post on “How to get to Chichen Itza”.

An average time to Chichen Itza from Cancun is 3 hrs. But there are different roads you could take to the archaeological site.

At Chichen Itza Tour we always take the first option which is the toll road. this option will give you a safe and fast highway with no towns in between and no bumpers on the way, and you can average 2:30 hrs of route. This is excellent when your idea is getting to the place and get to know Chichen Itza. I must say that when we say “safe” it’s talking about holes or people crossing, there is nothing bad with other roads about security.

There is a road that’s called the “freeway” where you don’t pay anything… this road is really nice if you want to go seeing small really Mayan towns, you’ll pass thru about 10 towns more or less, all of these with bumpers to make you stop, this bumpers are for the safety of the people living in the town.

You can actually take this road to get to Chichen Itza with no problem and buy some nice souvenirs in different towns, however this road will make you spend about 3:30 hrs to get to Chichen Itza. Depending on your timings, this is 1 hr more than the toll road, and that’s if you don’t stop buying souvenirs in different towns on your way to Chichen Itza.

If you are going to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen or Tulum, the time would be about the same of this last option, since the van could take a road that’s actually going from those ends in the Riviera Maya.

You can see the different options of the road to Chichen Itza on the map below:

Directions from Cancun to Chichen Itza.

Cancun to Chichen Itza

Directions from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza

Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza

Directions from Tulum to Chichen Itza.

Tulum to Chichen Itza

Where is Chichen Itza

One would think every one knows where Chichen Itza is, however Google tells us that there is about 1,300 searches for this a month, so that is why we would like to share some information about the location.

So Where is Chichen Itza?

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Chichen Itza is in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico in the state called Yucatan, the archaeological site is located about 1 hour from Merida which is the capital of the Yucatan state and just 30 minutes from Valladolid which is a small boutique town in Yucatan, most important, Chichen Itza is located about 3:30 hrs from Cancun and the Riviera Maya which are in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Most people will be going from Cancun and the Riviera Maya to Chichen Itza since those are the most common vacation destinations.

To be more precise about the location of Chichen Itza, the Mayan Archaeological site is located Chichen Itza Coordinate are: 20°40′59″N 88°34′7″W

This is what you get when you enter the coordinates in Google Maps:

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This is are two maps of Chichen Itza from Google Maps:

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Like we told you Chichen Itza is about 3:30 hrs from Cancun and the Riviera Maya, and you could take a different way from each destination to get to Chichen Itza depending on the location of your Hotel or accommodation. Below we’ll show you the possible ways to get from Chichen Itza from both locations.

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Depending exactly on where your place is located the driver could decide a different way to get to Chichen Itza.

The times we have described before are not the same as on the map, but you have to consider eventualities like traffic and stopping to eat something or buy something on the road.

If you are going to Chichen Itza the best thing is to Book a Chichen Itza Private tour, however there are different ways to get to Chichen Itza and you can find them on our article about it: How to get to Chichen Itza.

Remember we have the best tours in the area and one of them is the Chichen Itza Tour, visit us for mor info at:


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In 1975 some measurements were made on the pyramid El Castillo and its surroundings, finding that it had been built in vertical cross point of two underground streams located at differentdepths and they passed beneath it at an angle of 89 ° .

The layout sketch on satellite photography indicates about the arrangement of the same and the direction of its movement towards the N-NE.

chichen itza

The closest to the surface current is about 15 or 20 meters below ground level, and its sense of movement to the 022,5º and its width, measured area of about 4.5 meters. its approximate route was determined by a discontinuous series of locations, finding a curve, he came from the cenote Xtoloc and after crossing under the pyramid, addressed the cenote Sacred roughly following the course of the currently existing road between him and the Pyramid .

Current located more depth measurements were performed only in the vicinity of the pyramid, finding that his address was in the directions 113,5º and 293,5º without determining their sense of movement.

Nor it was determined depth, proving that this was only higher than that of the other stream. At that time he was not given another important more than a mere curiosity. Subsequent studies in Europe and North Africa, as well as found for the tomb of Pacal II in the

Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque, come to provide new data, which convert these past findings, elements that could be important to complete the study the meaning and content of the pyramid-temple Kukulcán.


Temple of Inscriptions and crypt of Pacal II

The location and dimensions of the burial chamber or crypt of Pacal II, has a number of notable features regarding hydrology subsoil.

kukulcan chichen itza

Like the pyramid El Castillo, was constructed by placing it in the vertical crossing of two underground streams that form a very close angle to 90 degrees, orienting it so that its main staircase follows the direction of the closest to the surface current, water below the crosspoint.

The constructive development of the crypt starts from the rectangle formed by the projection surface crossing of both current and extends in the direction of flow of the closest to the surface current, exactly the direction of this and focused her , so it is slightly misaligned with the perpendicular to the front wall of the temple located at the top of the pyramid, as this in turn, follows exactly the projection of the deeper current.

The staircase is also slightly off, as the currents as a result of being a natural process, have geometric irregularities, describing the surface a slight curve, complete the steps, finish away to the 016º, instead of 019º would be the exact perpendicular. This indicates that what might be called “ritual perfection” dominates “constructive perfection”, leading to slight geometric distortions that have all these structures, even though they were carefully chosen their places of location and orientation before beginning His construction.

kukulcan chichen itza

The vertical section presents some remarkable features as the burial chamber is not built directly on the ground, to be embedded in the mass of the pyramid, but a depth meter and a half is excavated.

Obviously it is looking for a good connection terrain inside the crypt. Even supports on which to place the mass of the stone sarcophagus constructed as it could hinder this connection, if deposited directly on the floor of the chamber. These construction guidelines, of a type that could be defined as “ritual”, are common with European and North African funerary structures.

This coincidence between cultures and times for no apparent connection between them, suggests that obey some technical reason, on which may arise different scenarios, but what is important for the present case is that, at least for the culture of Palenque , they are followed rigorously.

Pyramid El Castillo and the possibility of existence of a crypt.

In this structure, the different archaeological work, have not revealed any burial chamber. This does not mean that it can not exist.

piramide del castillo

It is analyzing the possibilities of its existence, according to the guidelines “constructive rituals” used by the Maya to the Temple of the Inscriptions.

Archaeological studies have revealed the existence within an older pyramid (430 A.D.) and was probably the first to be built in this place.

The added outer pyramid is merely a display of power and wealth made later, so that constructive rituals guidelines are to be found in the original structure.

Its apex is located vertically above the point of intersection of two undercurrents located at different depths and form each an angle of 89 °, very close to a right angle.

The closer to the surface, which is to be taken into consideration when determining the constructive guidelines, and flows into the 022,5º width detected in surface current it is in the vicinity of 4.5 m. Its depth is of the order of 15 or 20 m. under ground level. After repeated these measurements with sufficient accuracy, it will be possible to place on the ground, the projection surface area covered by a possible crypt, as would start from side N-NE of the quadrilateral formed by the projection of the intersection of two streams, develop into the 022,5º and its width would be equal or less than 4,5m.

Supposing a longitudinal development equal to or less than Palenque Pacal II, it can be set at about 7 m. With these data can be set a rectangular area of 5 x 7 m located adjacent to the crossing point by the N-NE side, which is located exactly plan.

The vertical positioning presents some difficulties since the crypt supposing a height of 6.5 m, the situation can vary from a high position, all high to allow the strength of the pyramid structure that embeds, and a position low which it is limited by the thickness of land under it, that allows stay safely above the underground river on which it is built. This safety thickness can be estimated at about 2 m.

piramide de chichen

All volume located between these two extreme positions, including themselves, is the situation of a possible crypt.

It happens that if it were located in the upper position, the archaeological work carried out, the had revealed, something that has not happened, so the highest position to consider is one in which the top of crypt possible, is slightly below ground level. It can be estimated at about 2 m.

These considerations can limit the volume to explore at a depth of 10.5 m from 2 m below ground level. Technique used for localization of possible crypt.

Made new measurements with maximum accuracy, may be established in a definitive manner, the exact position of the volume where the crypt could be found.

Be sufficient make a hole from outside of the base of the outer pyramid, with the precise angle inclined to reach in its central area to the volume of probable location.

The diameter of this serious drilling the minimum necessary for him to enter a small camera using a similar to that used in the Temple XX of Palenque technique. This diameter can be estimated at no more than two or three inches.

The inclination to the horizontal is of the order of 15 and drilling length of about 28 m.

By the time the drilling reached a gap in the field, it could be considered inside and check if it was the intended burial chamber.

Thus it is avoided the known alter, while can be carried out with minimal economic cost archaeological structure.