The Sacred Cenote

Photo Credit: © Justin Otto CC BY

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

Yucatan is a good option for those wishing to visit The Sacred Cenote, because guests staying in this area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. You can expect little traffic surrounding this historic site, especially as there aren't many lodging options nearby.

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

The Sacred Cenote is a terrific option for guests looking to find various restaurants and bars in the area. The most proximate place to eat is La Casa Del Mayab, which is an easy to reach buffet. It's just about a mile away from this site's location, so stop in and place your order. Xunan and Las Mestizas are a couple other food and drink options near The Sacred Cenote where guests can try something different in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


Contact Information

Location: Yucatan, Mexico


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