The gXtacumbilxunaán routes They are the best known in the state of Campeche. This cave was occupied since ancient Mayan times, a place that helps us understand the use of cenotes and caves as natural freshwater collectors.

Between the states of Yucatán and Campeche is the natural border of the Ticul mountain range, where we see how the terrain rises, and this has its consequences in the geological formations. Cenotes are no longer found here, but dry caves. The Loltún, Calcehtok or Tekax caves are some of the examples of what you are going to enjoy the Mayan underworld in this area.

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Xtacumbilxunaan Caves, Campeche
Entrance to the Xtacumbilxunaan caves, Campeche

GRUTAS Xtacumbilxunaan

The ancient Maya and the contemporary Maya have had a close relationship with caves, whether for ceremonies, burials, hunting and hiding, or for the water they offer. In many of the caves, utensils or natural forms of the stone itself have been found that are used to collect water.

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

Today a 100-meter staircase with mannequins recreates that moment that he captured on Catherwood sheet, now without water. These environmental details are appreciated to learn in a didactic and visual way.

Also the cenotes, located in the state of Yucatan and Quintana Roo, were used for the same purposes as the caves.

Plate 20 from Catherwood Well of Bolonchen Grutas de Xtacumbilxunaan, Campeche
Catherwood 20 Art Print: Well of Bolonchen
Xtacumbilxunaan Caves, Campeche

GRUTAS Xtacumbilxunaan

The place is perfectly conditioned for the visitor. After descending several stone steps, a simple 200-meter path runs through the duly lit room. 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.

It is possible to reach other secondary cameras with a guide, so lovers of nature and history have one more corner to recreate in the caves of the Yucatan peninsula.

Meet in Campeche the historic Xtacumbilxunaán caves 1
Xtacumbilxunaan Caves, Campeche

LEGEND OF THE GRUTAS XTACUMBILXUNAÁN

Nobody better than the teacher Carlos Evia to narrate a legend in the Peninsula. The Mayan people is a town where everyone knows at least one legend, where almost every cenote or cave has its own legend.

Meet in Campeche the historic Xtacumbilxunaán caves 2
Carlos Evia, teacher in Anthropology from the Autonomous University of Yucatán. Researcher at the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences. Founder in 1997 of Ajau Speleological Group

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

Meet in Campeche the historic Xtacumbilxunaán caves 3

Grottos Xtacumbilxunaan, nature

LOCATION: the caves are located at 8 km from the population of Bolonchén, 110 km from the city of Campeche (1h 45 minutes) and 295 km from Mérida. Highway 180 and 261 via Campeche.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 18 to 17 pm, closed on Mondays. 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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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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