A Day in Chichen Itza + Cenote Ik Kil

While we are LOVING our time in our adults-only, all-inclusive resort {more on that here} and sadly today we are heading back home. Back to reality, but back to the boys! I’m excited to see them! A week was the perfect amount of time to be away – we spent most days relaxing by the beach in the morning and then would hit up the pool in the morning. Pure perfection. But on Monday – halfway through our trip, we did a little excursion, out to see the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza!

itza jump


The ruins are not close to where we are – about a 3 hour drive. We did a small tour with about 12 other couples staying at our resort, which was nice because we had a small van and the tour guide let us have more time to ourselves.


The grounds of Chichen Itza were truly specatular – we were there for a few hours but you could spent a few days and still not get to see everything. I believe the entire ruins cover about 4 miles.


This is the side of the temple that has not been restored, pretty different than the other side, right?


We also got to see the area where the Mayans would play a game with a ball – not sure of the name, but they could’t use their hands, the ball was crazy heavy and they had to get it through this little hole on each side of the stadium.


Pretty impressive, right?


The pictures don’t do the area + ruins any justice, but if you are ever in the area and have the opportunity to visit, be sure you do! It’s one of the new seven wonders of the world!

After baking in the heat checking out the ruins for a few hours we made our way to lunch. It was delicious – Mexican food is my favorite – and authentic is even better! Yum!

montejo pork yum

After lunch we made our way to a cenote – which is a sacred swimming hole – this was the part of the trip I was pretty excited about myself!

down ik kil

Genote Ik Kil is massive and very deep in the ground. It’s really beautiful surrounded by this massive hole in the earth which lets in the light down to the waters of the cave.

from up

green hole

There are different levels in which you can jump into the water. I started out with a few baby jumps but eventually made my way to the big jump, which is about 15-20 feet! I still can’t believe I did it!


Pretty cool, right?


jump duo

It was so much fun and I’m so happy we got to spend some time splashing around. It was gorgeous – again, if you have an opportunity to check out a cenote – do it!

cave cenote jumpers really down

We ended our day with a stop at the colonial city of Valladoid – where we got some amazing watermelon ice cream! I’m going to dream about this baby, it was so good!



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  • Reply Patty O April 22, 2016 at 7:17 am

    So happy you got to experience this part of the world and culture. What a great way to celebrate your Fifth Anniversary!

  • Reply Becci April 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Did you book this excursion through the resort, or did you do it through an outside tour company? Hubby and I are thinking about heading there for our anniversary!

    • Reply Leslie April 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      We went through our resort – it was with Seasons Tours – they were great! And the small group size was a serious PLUS!

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