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Balankanche Cave

Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #12 of 14 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
Owner description: Deep within this cave, stalactites and stalagmites have formed a giant sacred tree of the Maya...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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 ancient people over a thousand years ago.
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English first
Calgary, Alberta
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I had a unique experience in 1968 when I accompanied 2 exchange students who had special permission to visit the Balankanche Cave which was privately owned and not open to the general public. Upon arrival two guides took our cameras and the adventure began. There was not much light as I recall and we had to crawl on our stomachs... More 

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The cave was long and interesting to see. The ticket included a tour, we thought we would have a guide, but it was actually just a audio system that plays in the entire cave that was recorded n both Spanish and English. I don't know about the Spanish one, but the English one was awful. The narrative script was poorly... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
34 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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224 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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29 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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