The Sacred Cenote

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The Sacred Cenote is a pool of water believed to have been a sacrificial well for the Mayas. It is said that they would paint the children they would sacrifice to the god blue, and then toss them into the cenote. This is just a legend, though researchers have found a number of skeletons here that feature wounds indicative of sacrifice.


The surface of the water is about 65 feet deep into the sinkhole, and the cenote itself is another 65 feet deep.

Staying Close

The Sacred Cenote is located in Yucatan, so guests staying in this region of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. You can expect little traffic surrounding this historic site, particularly since there are very few places to stay in the vicinity.

Hotels near The Sacred Cenote
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows Hotel 0.6 mi. (0.2 km) S
Hacienda Chichen Resort Lodge 1.3 mi. (2.4 km) WNW

Location and What's Nearby

There are plenty of restaurants to pick from in the neighborhood surrounding The Sacred Cenote. La Casa Del Mayab is an easy to reach buffet and the one of the fastest dining options from this site. The dining establishment is a brief distance off, but out of the way enough that you may decide to aim for employing some means of transportation to arrive. Xunan and Las Mestizas are additional restaurant choices nearby where you will be able to enjoy the local foods and culture of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


Contact Information

Location: Yucatan, Mexico


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