The proximity of the Balankanche caves to Chichén Itzá places them prominently on the map. The Yucatan Peninsula is an extraordinary underground world to know.

The Balankanche caves in Yucatan they were among the first suitable for the visitor, The scarce 6 kilometers that separate it from the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá has greatly favored them, being a practical stop for the traveler, very greedy to promote and make profitable.

The Yucatan Peninsula is a wonderful place to practice caving, tour grottos and discover the fascinating underground world, where there are many of the traces of our Humanity. The Balankanche caves are not considered to be adventure, rather it is a cultural visit.


Balankanche Grottos: archaeological site administered by the INAH

The Balankanche caves and those of Loltún are the only caves managed by INAH in Yucatan. There are many other very interesting caves in the Yucatan Peninsula, in most of them archaeological evidence of the past has been found such as ceramic objects, jade and other materials, offerings, animal bones, burials, wall paintings.

These underground spaces are part of the Mayan culture, and today they are still used: the caves are part of their underworld, place where they pass initiatory tests, and rites and ceremonies are practiced.


Balankanché caves map

Thanks to the maps that the INAH we can give more precise information about the route. Get ready for a tour of the underworld and don't miss the essentials of Balankanché caves.

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Travel Balancanche caves

The Balankanche caves It is a space adapted for tourism of all conditions, something that does not happen in these cavities that usually have a little more adventure component.

The route of more than 1 kilometer is made by an illuminated concrete path that takes you through the different galleries where some of the cave's findings are shown. There are schedules to visit the caves: the guided tours are in Spanish, English and French through an audio that is sincerely heard fatal and contributes little.

It will be that I am very well used to other types of caves, but the visit to the Balankanche caves disappointed me. A small museum site in the tourist parador at the entrance gives a little light on the history of the place.


Balankanche Grotto Findings

The Balankanche caves (jaguar priest's throne) It owes its name to its main gallery, where 29 censers, metates and miniature dishes were found, as well as jewelry and pottery offerings.

Part of the findings can be seen in situ, surrounding the natural column that forms in this vault of 7 meters of altitude. This column is compared to the Ceiba tree, another important representative element within the Mayan world, sacred tree that joins the underground plane with the celestial one.

These grottos stand out for the relevant finds rather than for their beautiful galleries. Reading the report of the Ajau Group I saw that surely it is not the best way to preserve the findings.


Balankanche caves cenote

At the end of the tour we find water, the magic of the fresh waters that seep into this porous limestone soil. Thanks to the karst soil conditions of the Yucatan Peninsula and its altitude at sea level, we enjoy the cenotes.

It is Group III, known as the Water Chamber. Ceremonies were held in this space.

Grutas Balankanché, Yucatán

The Balankanche caves, without being an extraordinary stop along the way, they stand out for their ease and comfort. Despite the facilities of the route the heat and humidity can overwhelm a little, without noticing it goes down to 10 meters. If you are a person to venture, you will know these caves little by little.

Balankanche caves, nature

LOCATION:Balankanche caves are located just under 6 km from Chichen Itza and 35 km from Valladolid on the federal free highway 180.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: There are visiting hours in different languages. The group must be a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 30. Services at the entrance and a site museum.
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PRICE ENTRY: 118 mxn general admission, 88 mxn Mexicans and permanent residents. The Sundays the entrance of INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archaeological zones is free every day to children under 13 years, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Piste and Valladolid depart collectives that leave you at the entrance of the federal highway 180, just 1 kilometer from the entrance to the caves.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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