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. Put Lanquin Caves on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lanquin travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 8, 2017
    I've wandered through a lot of caves and this one really just isn't worth it. First of all, the paths are super slippery, not only because they are wet, but also because most of the people walking thr...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Perfect place to get out of the rut and live a different and adrenaline adventure. Super recommended place, not if you have claustrophobia.
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  • June 8, 2017
    Came here with a group of friends that I meet at the hostel and had a blast. Holding the candle as you explore the caves and trying to make sure it doesn't go out is a unique experience to say the lea...  more »

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