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“Such a Fun, Informative & Unique Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chechem Ha cave

Chechem Ha cave
Cayo District, Belize
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Ranked #13 of 38 Attractions in Cayo
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Des Moines, Iowa
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Such a Fun, Informative & Unique Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2008

I couldn't say enough great things about our tour to the CheChem Hah Cave.
Our tour guide was Will, the founder and keeper of the cave. Will was not only extremely knowledgeable about the Mayan people and their rites and ways of living, but he was able to talk extensively about the jungle we hiked through and the plant life and fauna.
First, let me say in warning, the hike is long and slick and can be difficult at parts, so don't go unless you're fit and healthy. We hiked with a man with bad knees, and he slipped and fell a few times, and couldn't go to all parts of the cave. Also, be prepared to get dirty. Although the CheChem Hah cave isn't a "wet cave," it's still damp and very muddy. We all came out with mud caked past our knees, and many people had slipped along the way and had muddy bums.
That said, the cave was one of the highlights of our trip. We got to stand very close to the Mayan pottery, and we got to see huge stalactites and were told stories about Mayan funeral rites. We learned of the levels of the Mayan underworld as we walked deeper and deeper into the cave. The cave ended at a blood-letting alter, where we learned the Mayan leaders would pierce themselves or cut themselves.
I loved the tour because it was informative and interesting, and it was fun to challenge myself physically by going. My husband loved it for the caving and for the spiders and bats and other critters he saw. So, so worth it.

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JH, Wyoming
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2007

Just returned from Belize and would highly recommend the Chechen Ha cave tour to anyone who wants to experience something truly unique. William, your guide, discovered the cave in 1989 and adds a level of knowledge about the cave, its history, and contents the can't be replicated. Prepare to enter Xibalba, the Maya Underwold.

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