Lanquin Caves, Lanquin

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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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  • Walking through this large, hot and wet cave was a great adventure and made a lot of fun. A local guide (the tour is for free but the guide asked for a tip) showed us different formations of stalagmit...  more »
  • PROs - The whole experience is fun and exciting. You walk, swim and crawl in the darkness with only a candlelight for company. I completely recommend it. CONs - Freezing cold. Be ready for that. Also,...  more »
  • We thought the cave experience was actually better than Semuk Champey itself. You are swimming, climbing, and sliding for about a mile into the cave (and a mile back). I've seen a dozen caves in vario...  more »

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