Actun Kan

Actun Kan, Santa Elena: Address, Phone Number, Actun Kan Reviews: 3.5/5

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Alex A
3 contributions
So much fun
Jan 2021 • Friends
The caves were amazing to see along with all the friendly staff that were very informative. Make sure to bring slip proof boots and an watch out for the critters that reside there.
Written January 16, 2021
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Kulbi
Thornhill, Canada2,523 contributions
Not well maintained
Dec 2017 • Couples
Seems they lost funding and it is some very similar rooms at the beginning, very slippery due to the constant humidity, and didn’t bother going through the narrow passages to the deeper chambers as didn’t have good lighting, and compared to excellent caves I’ve been to in other countries, the most interesting thing here are the bats.
Written January 16, 2018
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Josh P
4 contributions
A secret gem outside Flores
Jul 2016 • Friends
Once you've already done Tikal, I definitely recommend checking out Actun Kan if you have an extra day in Flores. The tuk-tuk (although cabs are more likely to wait for you to finish exploring the caves) brought us to the caves from Flores in just 10 minutes and it only costs Q25 to enter.

Bring a strong flashlight as the caves are way too dark for just an iPhone flashlight. There are also some tight spaces to crawl through, so it's best if you don't mind getting your clothes dirty. I didn't see any insects or spiders which was a relief; there are tons of bats though which are really docile and beautiful.

If you can manage two activities in one day, I would definitely recommend spending 2-3 hours at the caves and then a boat right to one of the beaches of Lake Peten Itza afterwards for a full day that's light on the wallet. Especially attractive for anyone looking for a break from heavily frequented tourist destinations, Actun Kan is definitely an under-the-radar hangout that's a shame to miss for anyone staying in Flores as it's so conveniently located.
Written August 15, 2016
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jessicagutierrez33
Santa Rosa, CA4 contributions
An adventure for those seeking it
Jun 2016 • Friends
Actún Kan is a wonderful experience for those staying in Flores! Since most people go to Tikal for one day, Actún Kan offers a quick and exciting activity just 15 minutes from Flores. Additionally, its great for traveler's on a budge, as the entrance fee is only 25Q. Located in Santa Elena and reachable by tuk tuk, the caves have recently come under new management, shifting from the municipality to the capable hands of ProPetén, the region's oldest environmental NGO. When I went, many of the signs were being repainted and I was told that they are to acquire 40 new helmets and headlamps.

As is, I recommend bringing your own flashlight or head gear (though you can rent a light from the guard). A guide is not required but is very helpful. A man named Santos is the BEST. He'll lead you at a great pace and point out all the neat rock formations. Play your cards right and he might take you off the path and show you the largest chambers in the caves. There are plenty of (harmless) bats in the caves and with any luck, you might get them on camera! The expedition takes about an hour, maybe a bit more just depending on one's pace.

The caves are a very fun and different experience than the swimming or temple walks you'll do in Petén. If you have a good eye, you can definitely spot some ancient graffiti (we found one from 1896!) and you may be able to see Mayan ritual writing on one of the walls, though it is partially covered by growing calcium deposits from over the years. Wear non-slip comfortable shoes and be prepared to get a little dirty!

The best part about the caves is that they have no electric lighting, so you get a true sense of darkness when you turn off your flashlight. I took a candle and it was nice to light it in one of the bigger chambers and just image what it would've been like for the ancient Mayans who frequented the caves. Actún Kan is also one of the least congested ecotourism sites in the region, so you don't have to deal with crowd's or loud tourists. It's truly great for families or friends who wants an adventure without needing to travel too far!
Written August 8, 2016
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Cesar M
Guatemala City, Guatemala16 contributions
Waste of time
Dec 2015 • Friends
It a place without guide, you have to rent a flashlight in the entrance and that's and extra fee, it's not enough just with the light of your phone (iPhone5S), the rental flashlight is like a candle.

The trail has a lack of indications, so it's not a good idea go there alone.

The good thing is you will see a lot of bats.

Written December 20, 2015
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Mungle
Queensland183 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jan 2014 • Couples
We went to the cave by taxi, as we were told that a tuc tuc would be unlikely to wait while we explored the cave. The taxi driver was happy to wait for us, and the cost was very reasonable from our hotel in Flores and back.. The cave is very unpretentious, especially the ticket area near the entrance, but hey, it's unspoilt and undeveloped.

We brought our own torches, and our guide had a big powerful torch, which was great for illuminating all the limestone formations. The guide pointed out all the formations in a relaxed and unhurried manner, so there was no problem stopping to take photos. Once inside the cave it's a fairly easy, mostly flat walk, but let common sense prevail and watch your footing in some parts. There is one part you can crawl through on hands and knees, bit I didn't do that part due to the bulky camera bag I was carrying. Otherwise there's full headroom all through. As well as the stalactites on the ceiling, you may well see some little bats.

Bring your own torch - although I believe you can hire them at the entrance. Wear ordinary walking footware, but I would not recommend sandals or thongs. The entrance fee, and the guide's fee, are minimal, and make a good value expedition.
Written May 27, 2014
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Sa S
Mexico City, Mexico4 contributions
New information
Nov 2013 • Friends
I was there this week with a friend. Some actual information:
- entrance is Q 25 for foreigners, Q15 for Guatemalans
- Bring your own torch or rent one for Q 10
- Mototaxis from Flores cost Q 15 per tour
- There is the possibility to cross the whole hill! This seems really interesting. You would get quite dirty, as you have to go on your knees and even stomach sometimes. The guide costs Q 100, + entrance per person + headlamps rent for Q 10. you would have to announce 1 day in advance! If not, no one can accompany you through.

We spent around 1 hour in the cave, there is no electric light anymore although you can still see some cables. I am happy I didn't go there alone, it would have been really spooky. There are some interesting formations. The best thing was to be there, without any other touristst.
Written November 30, 2013
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stenama
Olten11 contributions
A little secret
Nov 2011 • Couples
If you stay in Flores or close by and have some time to stroll around, consider exploring this great cave-system!
It's definitely worth a visit and it's really close to St. Elena. Just take any tuktuk and ask for the grutas and they'll drop you for less than 2usd. It takes some 20 minutes walking if you want to save the money.
Once you're there, you only need a torch and to pay another 2usd each as entry-fee. There used to be lights inside, but they are no longer working. Even better, so you really feel the darkness of the cave. Inside there are tons of beautiful stalactites to discover and lots of places to explore. We spent there 2 hours fascinated by the beautiful stone-formations and for us it was even more rewarding than the very well known caves of Lanquin in another part of Guatemala.
We really loved it and would recomend it highly.
(And if they're telling you in some tourist-agencys that the caves are closed, don't believe it, they just want to sell you a tour they're making money with...)
Written December 13, 2011
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