Candelaria Caves, Chisec

The Candelaria Caves are a large natural cave system in the highland-lowland transition of Alta Verapaz in Guatemala between the municipalities of Chisec and Raxruha. The caves are famous for its peculiar karst phenomena and significance to the Mayan history.GeologyAmongst the attractions of its huge karst caverns are speleothems like stalactites, stalagmites, stalagnates and flowstone drapes. Pit caves, caused by collapse of the ceiling, light the inside of the caves. The main gallery has a length of 22 km, of which 12.5 km follows the underground passage of the Candelaria River. The total length of the cave system, including coulisses, secondary and upper passages, is estimated to be 80 km.HistoryThe Great Western Trade Route of the Classic Maya, which connected the Guatemalan highlands to the Petén lowlands, went through the Candelaria Caves area. Pottery artefacts and rupestral paintings evidence the use of the caves for ceremonies. The Popol Vuh of the K'iche' people considers the Candelaria Caves an entrance to the underworld. Some of the caves are still used for Mayan celebrations. Even though, the caves now are opened to the public.
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  • There's a small store in Candelaria Camposanro, where I asked for the accommodation and the tour. Camping(they provided the tent) was 25Q per person. The guided tour was 60 for tubing or 110 for tubin...  more »
  • The place is located 1.6 km from the entrance to main a vehicle that transports it to one per Q5, tubing and hiking can be done by caves, there is a cave whose Vault is very big. It has all the road and you can see birds.
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  • We visited the caves of Camposeco. Entrance is impressive, the community has very well-kept area and have already scheduled visit with the guide inside the caves. Once in Chisec is close enough and is very easy to reach. It seems to me a visit not to be missed if you visit this area! Totally recommended! PDA. It can be a bit difficult inside the cave for people with difficulty walking.
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  • Nice place to meet up with nature. We walk about an hour to get to the caves. It is worth visiting this place.
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  • Impressive. We must get in 4 x 4 and travel best do so with local guide, provided by lanterns. It requires some moderate trekking to get in and out of the caves, but travel within them is relatively plain and practicable. We were with children and grandparents. Buy the chocolate they sell out, very rich.
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  • A mystical, natural, beautiful place with a great potential. I did the tubing trip to the Grotto and is fantastic, a hike of less than half an hour at slow pace along a road surrounded by vegetation, crossing streams, that if you have to load your float tube. Arriving at the entrance of the caves, is the crystal-clear water and the dark interior of the cave. THE Guide gives instructions and runs through the cave as 20 minutes to half an hour, in total darkness, obviously lamps are in. When you leave, you should walk another 20 minutes back. There is a small attention to the visitor centre where there are bathrooms and dressing rooms, but need you much to the place, it shows that this slightly sloppy. A place with great potential that should be visited if you like adventure and nature.
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  • It is a lovely place to enjoy the nature between the mountains and a beautiful river
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  • It is a very nice organic place. They will improve the service to the customer.
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