Lanquin Caves, Lanquin

3.8
#2 of 7 in Parks in Alta Verapaz Department
Delve deep into the darkness of Lanquin Caves, a vast underground network of caves, some of which have still yet to be explored. Used for hundreds of years as a site for ceremonial rituals by the Maya people, large, naturally formed stone altars and magnificent dripping stalactites feel make you feel as if you’re in a cathedral. Indeed, it's hardly surprising that many refer to this place as the “Heart of Heaven.” Head deeper into the pitch black, winding caverns and you'll begin to hear the inhabitants of the caves--bats--nestled in the glittering rock formations overhead. Guides are available to take you through the known paths of the caves and provide candles, or you can go it alone. If you do go solo, be sure to take a source of light and don’t take flash photography of the bats. Use our Lanquin online tour itinerary planner to visit Lanquin Caves on your trip to Lanquin, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Well worth visiting..takes a full day....cave tour...hiking to view point and swimming in the river pools.  more »
  • This is great fun but not ideal for those that can't swim or those they are claustrophobic. You walk/swim through the caves with a candle and you may get a few scrapes as it very dark. There is some c...  more »
  • Don't confuse the Lanquin Caves with the caves down in Semuc Champey. The caves here can be explored without a guide and are best visited just before dusk so you can see the impressive flurry of bats ...  more »

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