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Ik Kil Cenote is a massive, gorgeous blue swimming hole, a few hours' drive north-west of Cancun. The rivers in the Yucatan region run underground, and a cenote is made when the roof of one of these waterways collapses, creating an opening down to the depths from the open air.

You can walk the 85 feet down a spiral staircase carved into the rock to water level and you're allowed to dive into the ice cold waters to swim among the black catfish. Vines dripping with water hang down and waterfalls cascade from the top to the bottom.

Be aware that it's a popular tour stop-off, so go early to avoid the crowds.

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