Saturday, August 16, 2014
CENOTE ICH BALAM “The Jaguar Eye”
16Q 0455374 UMT 2246378
The land owners are Alex Alverez, Alberto Nava Blank and Franco Attolini. The maximum depth of this cenote is 29.5 feet/9 meters. It is located 197 feet/60 meters east of the famous “Hoyo Negro” or Black Hole pit that is 187 feet/57 meters deep. Most of the bottom of Hoyo Negro ranges from 120 feet/36.6 meters to 165 feet/50.3 meters. There are warning signs both in English and Spanish warning cave divers not to enter the Hoyo Negro area.
The road to this cenote is approximately 400 feet/120 meter past Cenote Outland on your left side. There is a locked gate with a green chain liked fence surrounding the entire property. The road has been smoothed with sascab and you can drive almost a kilometer to the cenote opening.
There is a steep set of wooden steps with rail that descends 25 feet/7.6 meters to a large floating deck area that allows safe entry into the water for cave divers and scientists. Guillermo De Anda and other members of the Facultad de Ciencias Antropologicas at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan and Dominque Rissilo of the Waitt Institute are conducting archeological studies along with the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia – Pilar Luna Erregueerena of the Subdireccion de Arqueeologia Subaquatica of INAH and Adriana Velazques Morlet of Centro INAH Quintana Roo.
There are no bathroom facilities.