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“Unique experience, but dangerous!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lanquin Caves

Lanquin Caves
Lanquin, Guatemala
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Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Lanquin
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Owner description: These limestone caves are part of a national park system, with many of the caverns lit by lanterns for visitors to explore.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Unique experience, but dangerous!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Are you comfortable swimming in the dark in closed spaces while holding one arm out of the water? And climbing up the walls of caves while water is splashing in your face? Jumping and twisting through a small hole to land in a pool of water? If not - then don't go to the caves. I read that you hold a candle and have to swim, so I thought "no big deal." Wrong! This is really dangerous and don't kid yourself. Make sure that you have water shoes with tread. Bring a headlamp if you have one (preferably waterproof). You must enter the caves with a guide. There is only one way in and one way out. It is completely dark in the caves which is why you hold a candle. The water runs through the caves and many times it is too deep to stand and you need to swim. At one point we climbed up the side of the wall using a rope while a waterfall was gushing into our faces. This is not for the older, less fit, queasy, afraid of water or swimming travelers. There are no warnings posted anywhere. The guide tells you where to put your feet and where to go, but you are kind of on your own in terms of making sure that you get out uninjured and safe.

Just be careful.... ! Remember that the nearest doctor and hospital isn't exactly around the corner... And just to note - I have been skydiving twice, zip lining, canyoneering, love hiking, and swim competitively.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“An experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

it takes exploring caves to another level for the regular traveller. you do not just walk through caves, you climb, jump, swim and much more through these caves with great local tour guides

Visited December 2012
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Avon Park, Florida
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“Lots of fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We really enjoyed our time in the caves. Had a great guide from Utopia eco hotel. He showed us lots of things we would have missed had we gone on our own. So a guide is highly recommended.

Visited October 2012
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“Unforgetable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Entering the cave is alway with a gukde. Prepare youd headlamp and do not depend on the provide candle that may get extinguished. Smaller groups are preferred. Some walking on slippery surface, some swimming, some climbing on a ladder under falling water.

Visited September 2012
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“Must do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Caving in Guatemala was quite the experience, something you ave to do. Only having candles as your light you swim, paddle, climb ropes and rocks through the cave following trusting tour guides. Jump off ledges and slide down rocks. Seriously awesome experience

Visited July 2012
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