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great caves next to the lanquin river. We use large candles to find our way in caves with waist and sometimes neck deep water. here are ropes to help go along. Catch the rope with one hand, the candle with the other hand and pull...More
We have done caving before, so this wasn't the best caving experience we've had, but it was still worth the price. If you don't like climbing, swimming, or tight spaces, this may not be an experience for you.
This is a gigantic system of caves in a beautiful natural setting. At sunset, thousands of bats fly out as they go looking for food. Bring a flashlight, and be careful inside because it is damp and slippery. It is not as cold as many...More
The cave complex that I visited had electric lighting, which is not what a few reviewers report. I was traveling with a group, with only a couple of hours to visit the cave. It was beautiful. There are electric lights, which are there only to...More
It was our first ever cave experience. The guide gave everyone a candle. There is a rope that goes to the cave, so we don't get lost. The cave had everything, jumping from a waterfall, climbing a waterfall inside the cave, swim in the dark...More
But so very worth it! We did this caving tour as part of our Semuc Champey day tour, which went: caving, tubing, rope swinging, cliff jumping, hiking, swimming, grotto-ing. Just awesome. Trust your guide, and tip them well.
I visited here in 2008 and was blown away by the incredible cave systems. We took a guided tour and in a group of about 6 of us explored the underground cave network for some hours. We were often wading through water or swimming. I...More
Use your imagination for the various named formations as hardly stunning. The bats exiting at sundown was hard to see due to all the shadows cast by the overhanging trees and the bat numbers are in hundreds rather than thousands. Can go on your own...More
Please don't do this in one day. The drive is a good 7 hours each way. The roads are ok, but rough in spots. There are large, slow, trucks in several spots along the way. There are a couple of markets and food stops along... More
Please don't do this in one day. The drive is a good 7 hours each way. The roads are ok, but rough in spots. There are large, slow, trucks in several spots along the way. There are a couple of markets and food stops along the way that are worth stopping for. Which will add to the 7 hours.
The roads are very dark at night. There are pedestrians and dogs walking between villages, you won't see them until you hear them meeting you car. The signs are small, though there aren't many turns and you'll have GPS.
Semuc Champay is worth far more than a couple of hours' stop at the caves. See the caves and the pools in one day, that can be done. That means staying two nights in or near Lanquin.
I stayed at Utopia Eco Lodge (I think), very cool spot. Nestled in the jungle, next to a charming river, with dorms, rooms, and cottages. Amazing staff, and very eclectic travelers staying there. Good food, very amenable bar. And quite reasonable.
Again, please don't do this in one day roundtrip. You'll be exhausted at the end of it, and all you'll really have is a notch in your belt, check-off on the checklist, something like that.
As others have said, it depends on the 5-year old. I was there in February 2019, you can see quite a lot of the cave without swimming in the dark. There are bare bulbs lighting the way for a good bit of exploring the cave... More
As others have said, it depends on the 5-year old. I was there in February 2019, you can see quite a lot of the cave without swimming in the dark. There are bare bulbs lighting the way for a good bit of exploring the cave. Our group included some older folks (70's) who managed quite well. If you have more than one adult, one can hang back with the 5-year-old while the other forges ahead. There are lots of cool spots to rest and explore strange life forms and small pools along the path. Which does include some slippery clambering over rock outcrops, but they're all manageable.