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Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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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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Very interesting site

This site was worth the visit for us. I have visited many caves in my time, and as caves go, this one isn't particularly impressive. After you pay admission they just opened the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 28, 2016
Daniel M

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Great tours in both English and Spanish. Read the sign posted before embarking on your tour. It tells you what you need to know. Consider there are small (tight) areas that are dark to be transversed. It really is a not to be missed experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

This site was worth the visit for us. I have visited many caves in my time, and as caves go, this one isn't particularly impressive. After you pay admission they just opened the gate for us and told us to stay on the path. They said someone would come up behind us, and he did, about 5 minutes later, and... More 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2016

The caves with their Maya offerings are worthwhile visiting after a Chichén Itzá tour. This is the underground counterpart of Maya culture with its tree of life surrounded by tipically carved vases. Make sure to be there before the last guided walkabout that starts at 16:00.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

Located off the highway down a scenic road paved with rocks, this is a fun trip for anyone staying in the area or a nice place to stop if you are driving through on your way to Chichen Itza. (Cenote Il Kil is also nearby for another quick stop.) There's a small parking lot if you're driving in, otherwise you... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

The caves were used by peoples of the postclassic (1000 AD and later) as connections to the underworld. This cave has several shrines inside with incense burners in an early post classic style which dates after the collapse of the big Maya cities. Tours are organized with a guide who does not give much information but is mainly there to... More 

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Suffolk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

We went into the cave with guide, he was friendly, helped us to see everything, pointing out the special areas. The guides are specialist and local people, make sure you leave a tip. There's a small gift shop. Wonderful photo opportunity, you won't forget the beauty.

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Cupertino, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2016

Others have described the interesting formations and relics in this cave tour, but a significant safety issue is that there is no air circulation in the back of the cave. Our party, active and mobile, severely noticed the lack of oxygen and we had to leave because of shortness of breath. Climbing up all the steps was especially stressful without... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2016

If you are visiting Chichen Itza, might as well pass by this cave. It was our first time doing a cave tour in Mexico so we found all the limestone formations fascinating. The audio in the cave was alright, although we didn't understand much of it, but it seemed to have made the cave more sacred if you try to... More 

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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The caves are decent. If you are visiting Chichen Itza, you can stop by this place as it is only 15 minutes away. Remember, you cannot go on your own inside the caves. You have to go on a tour with their staff. The tour needs a minimum of six people. It doesn't seem to be a very popular place.... More 

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Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2015

Interesting visit.I wouldn't say it's a must to do but if you have the time do it.The cave is practically across the road from Ik Kil.So take in the cave then refresh in yourself Ik Kim ' s cenote.

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