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. Put Lanquin Caves on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lanquin travel itinerary planner.
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  • 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 »
  • Did the bat tour at the Lanquin Caves. It was VERY slippery, extremely hot, and there was no electricity in the cave at the time so we were using our cell phone flashlights. Our guide seemed rushed an...  more »
  • This was for sure a highlight and shouldn't be missed. If you are tight on cash, save money on something else, like food. The candle light tour swimming through the cave, climbing waterfalls, jumping ...  more »