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Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Deep within this cave, stalactites and stalagmites have formed a giant...

Deep within this cave, stalactites and stalagmites have formed a giant sacred tree of the Maya, which is surrounded by ritual offerings left by these ancient people over a thousand years ago.

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Cool cave, right by Chichen Itza

If you are visiting Chichen Itza, might as well pass by this cave. It was our first time doing a cave tour in Mexico so we found all the limestone formations fascinating. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Vagabondie
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Mississauga, Canada

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Cupertino, California
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Others have described the interesting formations and relics in this cave tour, but a significant safety issue is that there is no air circulation in the back of the cave. Our party, active and mobile, severely noticed the lack of oxygen and we had to leave because of shortness of breath. Climbing up all the steps was especially stressful without... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are visiting Chichen Itza, might as well pass by this cave. It was our first time doing a cave tour in Mexico so we found all the limestone formations fascinating. The audio in the cave was alright, although we didn't understand much of it, but it seemed to have made the cave more sacred if you try to... More 

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Seattle, WA
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50 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The caves are decent. If you are visiting Chichen Itza, you can stop by this place as it is only 15 minutes away. Remember, you cannot go on your own inside the caves. You have to go on a tour with their staff. The tour needs a minimum of six people. It doesn't seem to be a very popular place.... More 

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Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Interesting visit.I wouldn't say it's a must to do but if you have the time do it.The cave is practically across the road from Ik Kil.So take in the cave then refresh in yourself Ik Kim ' s cenote.

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It was a wonderful experience to be able to get into the cave as the water was cold and they said, if you go to the water , you will be healed. I don't know about that, but I felt so good after, not mentioning that the temperature was too high. it was a natural cave and it was too... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I was a little scared at first but once we were in...wow! just amazing, the history is one which i would never have actually imagined.

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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Several years ago, our niece told us about some caves of interest. We set out to find it two years in a row. We found it and was it a site to see. Water is as clear as a glass of drinking water in the caves. Yes light shines in there for good visibility. Once is enough but that ONCE... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you love stalctites and stalagmites underground then Balankanche is definitely worth a visit. You get the added bonus of seeing Mayan relics and can visualise ancient people worshipping here. It is quite humid inside with bats rushing around so it is quite atmospheric. Victor is the boss and its a bit hit and miss as to whether you get... More 

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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Culturally interesting, in terms of maya significance. The cave is ok, but not very impressive. It's also expensive, regular price 115 pesos, but if you are only 2 people they won't do an English tour. Of course money talks, so you can pay for the 3rd imaginary person, and negotiate a bit eventually we got it down to 300 for... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

It was hot and although the stairs were fine, they were tough on my wife's knees. They have fixed hourly tours with designated languages, but the 3PM English tour was mostly Spanish. Three altar relics were interesting.

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