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Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
Description: 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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Spooky Mayan caves

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
Pablo266
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

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 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 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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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This cave has some very interesting formations (draperies, stalactites, the sacred pool, Mayan artifacts) but the tour is very rushed. Pros: the varied geological formations inside the cave, some of which are colorful; very close to Chichen Itza. Cons: the cave is oppressively humid; there is a bad audio system; the human guide we had for half the tour was... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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3 reviews 3 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
35 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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