The beautiful caves of the Yucatan Peninsula have world fame, places to enjoy and learn from our history. The caves are one of the examples to know and enjoy.

Among the states of Yucatan y Campeche, once past the natural border of the Sierrita de Ticul, we see how the land rises, and this has its geographical consequences. Here there are no cenotes, but dry caves. The grottos of Loltún, those of Calcehtok or Tekax are some of the examples of what you will enjoy the Mayan underworld in this area.

Xtacumbil-xunaan caves, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The ancient mayas y the contemporary maya have had a close relationship with the caves, either to practice ceremonies, burials, to hunt and hide or for the Water that they offer. In many of the caves have been found utensils or natural forms of the stone itself that serve to collect water. Also they cenotes, located in the state of Yucatan and Quintana Roo, were used for the same purposes as the caves.

Mayan blessing ceremony in the cave Xamán, San Juan de Dios.

The grottos Xtacumbilxunaan (Mrs Hidden in Spanish) were not an exception. In one of the sheets of Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854, draftsman, architect and British archaeologist) we can see how they went down to collect the water that was stored in the deepest part of the cave, just as the Mayans did in 1841.

Catherwood 20 Art Print: Well of Bolonchen
Catherwood 20 Art Print: Well of Bolonchen

Today, a ladder of 100 meters with mannequins recreates that moment that he captured in Catherwood sheet, now without water. These details of the environment are appreciated to learn in a didactic and visual way.

Xtacumbil-xunaan caves, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The place is perfectly conditioned for the visitor. After going down several stone steps, a simple path of 200 meters runs through the room duly illuminated. There are balconies where you can appreciate the place. For me the caves are a spectacle to enjoy their formations, they do not tire me. Enjoy your walk through this magical place.

Xtacumbil-xunaan caves, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Up to other secondary chambers it is possible to arrive with a guide, so lovers of speleology have one more corner to recreate in this gruyère cheese, which is the Yucatan Peninsula.

Master in Anthropology from the Autonomous University of Yucatan. Researcher at the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences. Founder at 1997 founded the Ajau Speleological Group

The caves of Xtacumbilxunaan It is a good detour in one of the little trafficked roads of the Peninsula.

Xtacumbil-xunaan caves, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Grottos Xtacumbilxunaan, nature

LOCATION: the caves are located at 8 km from the population of Bolonchén, to 110 km from the city of Campeche (1h45 ") and 295 km Mérida. Road 180 and 261 via Campeche. SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: Open from 18 to 17 hours, Mondays closed. There are services at the entrance and some palapas for rent. PRICE ENTRY: 50 mxn adults, 25.00 mxn students and Inapam, 20 mxn children. 80.00 mxn audio guides. HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Transportation arrives until Bolonchén from Campeche. The caves are located about 8 kilometers, you can go by taxi or tricitaxi. WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, better closed shoe and some water always goes well.

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