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Balankanche Cave

Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #12 of 14 attractions in Chichen Itza
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is an interesting walk, all the family found worth while. There is an audio recording that is very hard to hear, we would really like to have been able to hear it! I also found it too hot and airless but I am unfit! There were no biting insects to my relief but some beautiful bats

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Lima, Peru
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126 reviews 126 reviews
33 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

2 miles away from Chichen Itza this cave is worth a visit. It is a very deep and long (over 600mts) natural cave at the end of which as recently as 1959 a local tour guide discovered a hidden door. Behind it archeologists have uncovered 2 mayan altars dedicated to the god of the underworld. Today the artifacts found (supposedly... More

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Mexico
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Natural cave that gives you a glance of the yucatan underground rivers, fitted to be safe with pathways and stairs, with lights and some recordings in English. Bring light clothes because is really hot inside, you end up walking some 40 minutes so is a good sweaty workout. My kids ages 6 and 5 loved it but be careful as... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

A memorable experience, as others have described. Otherworldly, unique, spiritual, authentic. It was a real highlight for us. In addition to being very hot and humid, the stairs and passageways can be quite steep and very slippery and wet - so wear very sensible footwear. There are bats, and it is quite narrow and confined at times as well as... More

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Athens, Greece
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263 reviews 263 reviews
201 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

A 15' ride from the Chichen Itza ruins. Do not miss it.Exept of the natural decoration of the cave one can see many ritual items because this cave was used by the inhabitants of Chichen for worshiping their gods during the Spaniards invasion.

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Olsztyn, Poland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Entrance at full hour only and only if there are enough people to make it worth for the operators to make the tour... Could be made more interestying with some effort. But if you like caves and want to see some artefacts you can devote your time...

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SPOKANE
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our guide Carlos took us to this after visiting Chichen-itza and swimming in the Cenote. What an amazing adventure. Hardly a soul was around, best kept secret and the kids thought going through the cave was amazing. Too bad more people don't know about it. Definitely something you will never forget.

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

If you have never visited caves before, or if you have these are out of this world deep deep down into the unknown. go and see the hand prints made by prehistoric man or woman. The caves are awesome as they take you back and wish you were there. You have to go with a guide, they are very knowledgable.

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Parker, Colorado, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Pulled in the site to see what was there as it is not well marked and easy to miss. Too bad that more people do not experience this geological and archelogical wonder. Did not even know there was a cave in the park at first and then looked at the paintings and artifacts in the small museum by the mouth... More

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Salisbury, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

lt was amazing place! You had to watch how you walk through the cave. It was very hot and humid. Other than that, it was a nice experience.

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