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We invite you to come and visit one of the greatest treasures in Yucatan: the marvelous natural formations of our caves.

   

Loltun
These caves are located 110 kms due south from Merida, driving down Federal Highway 180, on the long route to Campeche. The word “Loltun” comes from the Maya words “lol” (flower) and “tun” (stone) and means “Stone flower”. The Loltun Caves are the archaeological site with the longest occupation sequence in the northern Yucatan peninsula

Source: INAH. Zonas Arqueológicas

   
Calcehtok
Also known as Aktun Xpukil, the Calcehtok caves are, with those of Loltun, among the largest in the Yucatan peninsula. This is a complex cave system therefore you will need a guide to visit it. The name Calcehtok comes from the Maya words “cal” (neck), “ceh” (deer) and “tok” (flintstone). The cave abounds in Pre-Hispanic materials. Archaeological excavations have unearthed bones from deer and other animals, pottery, quartzite hammerheads, arrowheads, obsidian blades, stone carvings, human burials and “haltunes” (rocks hollowed out to catch leaking water)

Source: Yucatan Today

   
Balankanche
Located 6 km away from Chichen Itza, this cave was a ceremonial center for ancient Maya. There is a Light and Sound show, where the cave’s history is explained. There are stalactites and other rock formations. 200 meters into the cave is the Throne of the Jaguar Priest (from which the cave takes its name), which was used as a ceremonial altar. At the center of this 7 meter high hall is a large pilar, formed by the fusion of a stalactite and a stalagmite. This formation resembles a Ceiba tree, and thus is called “The Sacred Ceiba Tree of the Underground”. Many ceremonial objects have been found by archaeologists in these caves, and they can be admired at their exact place of discovery.

Source: Yucatán Today

   
Tzabnah
This cave is located 40 km southeast of Merida, in the village of Tecoh. “Tzabnah” is Maya for “King’s Palace”. There are stalactites, stalagmites, columns, deep crevasses and 13 sinkholes of different sizes. One of the highlights of this excursion is a lofty chamber known as “The Cathedral’s Dome” due to its resemblance to the one at Merida’s Cathedral. Legend has it that a Mayan prince fell in love with a princess and ran away with her. During their flight, the couple hid in this cave and, tragically, never found their way out. The cave can be explored at any time, as an attendant is always at the entrance.

Source: Yucatan Today

 
 
The official site of the Merida Tourism Office, City Government of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Calle 59 between 52 and 50, Downtown Area. Phone: (999) 928-19-66 and 924-73-81. Email:turismo@merida.gob.mx