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Balankanche Cave

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Address: Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico

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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The caves are interesting and just big enough to get you excited and keep you there before you start to get bored. Our guide was super great and answered all my questions. He... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 25, 2016
Carolina G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This amazing ecological and archaeological site is a must if you are staying around Chichén Itzá. I will preface my review by saying that I am a budding archaeologist and (mostly) fluent Spanish speaker, so my experience may have been affected by these factors. My partner and I arrived around 9:30 am on a Sunday. We were advised that we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016 via mobile

The caves are interesting and just big enough to get you excited and keep you there before you start to get bored. Our guide was super great and answered all my questions. He spoke english and Spanish and a bit of mayan. The only thing to know which we didn't was that their tours begin at each hour and you... More 

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Malmö, Skåne Län, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

We arrived their around 2pm and got to know that the next guided tour in English would be at 3pm. We wanted to go on our own but it was according to the staff impossible. The staff spoke really poor English. We went for a walk and came back at 3pm and started the tour with some Spanish tourists and... More 

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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 

2 Thank Daniel M
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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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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