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Grutas de Calcehtok, Maxcanu

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Explore Grutas de Calcehtok, the longest dry-cave system on the Yucatán Peninsula. The caves feature a vast array of impressive natural formations amid the wild jungle vegetation. Take a guided tour by flashlight through more than 4 km (2.5 mi) of underground passages. Be prepared to get dirty and crawl through tight entrances leading into wide-open cave vaults exceeding 100 m (328 ft) in diameter. Various ancient Mayan artifacts have been discovered in the caves, and you can still see fortifications built by those who sheltered here during the Caste War. You can choose between a basic, intermediate, or adventure tour. People who suffer from claustrophobia should reconsider their decision to visit. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Grutas de Calcehtok by using our Maxcanu holiday planner.
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  • Hello there, my name´s Livio III and please click on like you liked the review… I visited these grottos last year with my girlfriend and some friends, I´m a fan of extreme sports (at least the ones wh...  read more »
  • We did the Calcehtok (X'Batun) caves mid morning and selected the two hour adventure tour. The tour cost $300 MXP for two adults total. We are two mid-twenties adults in decently athletic shape. Our g...  read more »
  • We rented a car from Merida and drive there since it's the easiest way. At the entrance we were welcome by a friendly man of about 60 years old, very humble and not pushy at all (contrary to what we r...  read more »
  • Such an amazing tour! We had a great guide taking us through the smallest of cracks and crevices throughout this massive cave and feeding us lots of historical information. Highly recommended.
  • An absolutely awesome place. We had a local guide that spoke no English, but fortunately one of our group could translate. Incredible formations in there, as well as lots of history from the time of the conquistadors.
  • Don't miss this. Is cheap and you get locals to guide you through, with headlamps will give you a short tour. Probably nicest cave entrance I saw. Try to wait for bats to fly out at sunset.
  • Absolutely amazing place. What you need to know: It is far off the main road, so you can only get there by car. The road between Muna and Maxcanu is horrible - full of huge holes. Drive very carefully because at first you might think this is a good road. The place is rather wild and free from many tourists. There are local guides who barely speak English, but will be able to show you the cave bottom up. There are many different levels of how you can experience the cave. Guides offer "Family", "Adventure" and "Extreme" tours. "Family" means you will see the upper part of the cave, which is huge and open underground space. Most likely, you will not get muddy and will have great impression of the cave. There will be a place where Mayans apparently were fighting with advancing Conquistadors. This part is a beautiful piece of rather untouched nature. "Adventure" means you will go deeper into the cave's chambers. You will definitely get completely muddy if you go this path. You will have to slide the clay and crawl and even worm through small passages and tunnels. It is great experience, but you need to be careful and appropriately dressed. It is very warm in these caves, because there's a lot of quartz deep down there, so the best outfit is easily washable light sports clothes, but also knee and elbow protectors, as well as helmet would be very helpful (but we managed go through without any of it). Guides will give you flashlights, but that's pretty much all they have. Inside the caves are a lot of nice natural "sculptures" and minerals as well as some Mayan sculptures. I would not recommend to go adventure path if you suffer from any sort of claustrophobia. Other than that, go for it but be careful. "Extreme" tour will involve going deeper and steeper into the cave with ropes and other equipment. We did not do that, so you can try yourself if you are a cave pro. There are no showers of any kind near the cave. So get plenty of water, towels and spare clothes.
  • my family went on the basic tour and it was great. tour guide spoke only a little English but it was fun nonetheless. at almost exactly 530 PM everyday, thousands of bats fly out of the cave entrance, it is a sight to behold.
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