Grutas de Lol-Tun

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Grutas de Lol-Tun
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The largest cave in the Yucatan features Mayan cave drawings and fantastic rock formations.
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E Pierce Stewart
Grass Valley, CA64 contributions
Good cave to visit, especially in hot weather
Nov. 2020
Short drive from town. Guide will take several at a time for the underground tour. If the weather is hot, it's a good escape from the heat and humidity.
Written 29 May 2021
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AlexxSim
Playa del Carmen, Mexico6 contributions
Great experience
Mar. 2020 • Friends
We had Pablo as a tour guide, he was very knowledgeable. He spoke to everyone in English and translated for us in Spanish. The cave itself is a must see! Beautiful! Worth the price.
Written 10 March 2020
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Mark P
Denver, CO1,115 contributions
Misunderstood Site
Feb. 2020
Based on internet reviews I was expecting a touristy cave tour. However this is an INAH archaeology site where folks have been living continuously for 10,000 years. Human remain, rock art, singing stalactites, a fort. This site if very educational.

You have to go in with a guide and haggling the price is needed. I paid 500 peso and I was a group of one. Others say it is a 1.5 hour tour but we got done in 45 minutes and saw everything.
Written 6 March 2020
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TravelGipsy
Naples, FL92 contributions
Magic place
Feb. 2020
An incredible experience , beautiful grotto, stalactites and stalagmites. A guide takes you through different path sites.
Written 10 February 2020
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Donna F
Colorado Springs, CO20 contributions
Great cave. Be prepared for scams.
Feb. 2020 • Couples
After checking out the advice from fellow travelers here on Trip Advisor, I went in prepared to drive a hard bargain. It is about150 pesos each plus 30 for parking PLUS YOUR GUIDE. They originally tried to hit us up for 400 pesos EACH and we laughed in their faces. We've been in grutas all over Mexico and that is way out of line. We agreed to 100 pesos each, so don't pay more than that. Also, they're lying if they say they're rushing the tour because the lights are on a timer. We saw no evidence of that, and we took our time. Martin was a decent guide, and pointed out some petroglyphs and drawings we would have missed otherwise.
Written 4 February 2020
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Nefertem
Tokyo, Japan51 contributions
Exquisite Caves
Nov. 2019
I visited this place with 5 others and we had a tour conducted by a man named Pablo. He was fantastic. He gave us information about the place, the history, the customs, etc., which made the tour even more interesting. The caverns themselves are quite extensive. The walking can be treacherous in places, but with decent footwear (not flip-flops!), one can get around easily. The guide also has a flashlight (torch) that helps. If you brig your own light, I recommend a headlamp, because it keeps your hands free.

The natural beauty of this place is astonishing, and it is a wonderful way to offset the visiting of pyramids and temple above ground.

I have read other reviews that mention certain guides who were not so good, but with our guide, Pablo, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of these caves.
Written 30 December 2019
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David C
Springville, PA11 contributions
Great place, terrible guide
Nov. 2019
When we arrived a man named Ricardo ran up to our car and said "Spanish or English?" We said "English." He replied that the cave was about to close for the day. The last English tour is just about to begin, you have to come immediately or you won't be able to see the cave.

We had planned to eat a picnic lunch before going on the tour, but there was no time. It was about 1 PM. My wife didn't even have time to change from flip-flops into decent walking shoes. He then rushed us through the entire tour, walking quickly ahead with his flashlight, but leaving us to stumple along in the slippery uneven floor of the cave in the darkness.

He did not give us any time to appreciate the beauty of the cave. At one point he said "Now I'm going to take you to a very special place that is not part of the regular tours." We have been there before so we knew he was being untruthful. Also the tour right in from of us was in this "special" place as he was speaking! Then he demanded that the group (10 people including 4 kids) pay the exhorbitant price of $1500 pesos. When we got out of the cave it was obvious that we had not been in the last tour of the day. I asked one of the workers when they closed and he said 5 PM. Ricardo is a liar and a very poor tour guide. Wait for a different guide if you go there—you will have a much more enjoyable visit. His lies were so blatant, and he really spoiled what would have been a beautiful experience. The cave itself is magnificent. Wait for a decent guide!
Written 21 November 2019
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mks1122
Atlanta, GA25 contributions
Wonderful cave but very slippery and poor, hurried guide
Nov. 2019 • Friends
The cave was quite wonderful, but the guide was terrible on several levels. Worst of all, he demanded that we move fast despite slippery conditions (wet mud in many places) and was very pushy - including the demand for 150 pesos per person (total 900 pesos for group). He strongly discouraged any stopping for pictures and imparted minimal information. It detracted from our enjoyment of the cave’s grandeur and interesting history. Tips: wear good walking shoes and see the museum of archeology in Merida which contains many of the cave’s artifacts.
Written 8 November 2019
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Elsa S
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
SCAM ! Don't go there
Aug. 2019 • Couples
Please read the following and avoid to go there, it will be a waste of time and Money !
When you arrive there you will have to pay the parking (30$ per car).
Then you will pay the entrance (55$ pp) and another ticket for the government (86$ pp).
After you have paid this, the guide will finally mentions that you cannot enter in the cave without a guide and they will ask you 800$ for a couple.
If you say no and you want to leave this place they will refuse to refund you the tickets of course...
We didn't have enough money so we ended up paying 200$ for two people.
The guide named "Ricardo" menaced us to not do the visit if we don't pay and was not nice at all.
The visit was supposed to last 45min to an hour but at the end it last 30min.
He was walking very fast in the cave and we couldn't take the time to watche and enjoy inside the cave.
Very poor english and explanations.

Don't waste your time and your money.
Go somewhere else ;)
Written 15 August 2019
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LT Eaton
Puerto Morelos, Mexico22 contributions
5 star for the caves... IF you had time to actually enjoy them! Tours are only 45 min - 1 hour long.
Mar. 2019 • Friends
My friend and I just did Lul Tun caves today (March 28th 2019). The official price is now 140 each (plus 50 pesos for parking!!!!) and the cost of the guide is not included. They are provided for free and you decide to tip them what you want (so anyone getting quoted a price for the tour is getting taken advantage of...) based on how much (if at all!) you think they increased the value of your experience.

The caves are incredible and if you could spend as much time as you want in them they would absolutely be worth 140 pesos. However...

Our "tour", if you could call it that, lasted all of 45 minutes. Our guide was called Bernardo (I think?). He did not bother to ask any of our names and was only interested in making money; the first thing he said to us was that the price of the guide was not included and of course how much we tip is up to us but guides in Chichen Itza make 800 pesos. Considering we were a group of 4 that would mean each of us would have had to tip 200 pesos! That is more than the (already exorbitant!!!) entry fee, and having him basically request or quote an amount to us just felt really sleazy and immediately set us on edge.

Bernardo said very little and much of what he did say was either incorrect or at least of questionable veracity, but the worst part was that he rushed us through the entire cave, barely allowing us to stop to take photos and skipping many interesting paths (which had lights going to them and were illuminated so they were definitely parts that other people go to!). 30 minutes in he made a big deal about having time to show us a "special part", (I am 100% sure this was a complete fabrication designed to increase the perceived value of the tour, and that the "special part" is part of the actual tour) which was literally a 1 minute walk from where we were (basically at the exit already!!). After showing us some holes in the ceiling and one carving he tried to rush us off to the exit (this would have been 35 minutes in to the tour by that time). When we did not immediately obey him he just waited impatiently and kept calling us to hurry along while we were still taking photos and discovering other carvings he did not point out to us.

The other two in the group were an elderly couple and his pace was way too fast (for all of us, honestly!). The woman made mention of how fast he was moving but he did not slow down at all, and he also did not shine his torch on the ground for any of us, only kept saying many times to be careful and watch our step (but then also encouraging us to move along!) Luckily I had a head torch so I ended up illuminating the ground for our whole group much of the time. I honestly felt like I cared more about the group's safety than he did.

Perhaps the Spanish tours are better; there was a Spanish group that went in at the same time as us and still was not out more than 20 minutes after our tour was over. For us, we felt like having to take a guide massively decreased the value of our trip, since it meant that we learned nothing and also had almost no time in the caves.
Written 28 March 2019
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