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“Lots of Mayan pottery, interesting history & nice cave” 4 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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Rogers, Arkansas
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“Lots of Mayan pottery, interesting history & nice cave”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

Visiting this cave is certainly worth the trip. William (who found the cave) still owns the cave and gives the tours. It's quite impressive to be this close to such excellent artifacts and hear the history. The cave also has nice (natural) cave formations. No need to wear helmets since the ceiling is so tall, but nice to have & wear a bandana or cap to capture the small water drops or keep your head clean if you accidently brush against a mud wall. Your trip can include lunch when you book the tour in advance, but nothing else to eat or drink is available in the area.

Visited December 2010
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San Ignacio, Belize
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“Chechem Ha is a magical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

We took a student group to Chechem Ha last weekend to do some field biology experiments, and to see all the wonderful sights it has to offer. We got there early in the morning, pitched tents in the camping area, and then walked around to higher ground, and checked out the new dam. Small, but impressive dam, and it was cool to see the concrete mixing facility that is now abandoned. After taking many pictures, we headed back to camp for lunch.

We then hiked down a trail, and a stream, the stream that flows right through the camp site, to get to the Macal river. They had a cute little 'beach,' but we all just dove in and swam for many hours. We hiked up and down the river, and found some great spots for swimming, tubing, diving, and hanging out. There were cascades all around, and some of the eddies would spin you around like a washing machine. Great time!

We set some nets for bird monitoring, talked about the river, and then headed back to camp. The walk back sure seemed longer than the walk to the river. They cooked us dinner there, and it was fantastic. Rice and beans never tasted so good, and the veggies on the side really hit the spot too. They also grew their own peppers that make habaneros seem like grapes. Try one if you dare. Everyone got as much food as they needed.

We had planned to hike the cave at night, but after lots of good grub, and some socializing, we decided that we'd come back another time since they are so close. We then went looking for frogs along the stream, for the research, and found quite a few. We created a camp fire, and talked with the proprietor, William, about life for a while, before calling it a night.

The next morning, they cooked us a great breakfast, with homemade rolls and all. Quite the meal. We checked for birds, finished up, and got ready to go. After packing up, we bid our farewells, and said we'd be back, and we will. I can't wait to go back and see the inside of the cave, but camping at Chechem Ha was an amazing experience that many of the kids will remember forever.

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newton
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“another rave from an older traveler”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

I went to Chechem Ha cave the 2nd week of March.William was our guide.My husband and I ,both over 60, went in a group of 5. It was a hot day and yes parts are steep, but William takes breaks for water and to catch your breath. I had injured my knee a few months before we went to Belize and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to go.William knows the trail so well he was always there exactly when you needed an arm to hold onto. Inside the cave he is there to help. He knows where it's slippery and guides you expertly where to walk.
We did many activites while in Belize and this was one of our favorites

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Des Moines, Iowa
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“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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