In the Yucatan Peninsula we can enjoy beautiful nature and fauna, and some unique natural phenomena. In Calakmul there is one of them: you can see millions of bats come out of a cave, an amazing experience in the Calakmul bats volcano.

As we already know, the karstic terrain of the Peninsula allows the formation of cavities of all kinds in the area. One of the inhabitants of these caverns are bats. In the cave of the bats of Calakmul 9 species coexist, 8 insectivorous and 1 nectarivorous, feeds on nectar.

You will have many opportunities to see bats on the Peninsula, but none surely as amazing as here. To get to know them a little, just say that bats are an important part of the natural chain by reducing pests by eating insects and dispersing the seeds throughout the habitat.

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Calakmul bats volcano hours

It is easy to go on time to the appointment with the bats of Calakmul: Every day, perhaps, the 2,3 million bats that are estimated to be in this cave go out in search of food, an amazing spectacle.

Visit the cave at sundown, always at sunset. In winter time you should be around 4.30 in the afternoon and in summer around 8 in the afternoon. See for yourself during your trip what time it is getting dark and go to the cave half an hour before.

Through the mouth of the cavern you can see bats forming a whirlwind and unstoppable hum for more than three hours, spiraling up the walls of the cave, then turning into a large black cloud in the sky. At the exit, predatory bats await like birds of prey. I'm telling you, a show.

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volcano calakmul bats
Calakmul bats volcano

How to visit the bats in Calakmul

The visit is free so far. There is a limit number of visitors, the place admits 50 people as load capacity. This limit makes the nature-visitor balance not negatively affect the place.

This means that you must show up before sunset in the small parking lot and sign up with the guard who manages the place. It is not very crowded, but the place is becoming more popular, so you may be left without access if there are many people. Follow the regulations that we show you in the photo, only that you must take into account (they let more than 15 people pass).

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Bat Volcano Regulations

Calakmul bats

A guide I met explained to me that in the cavern the bats they are grouped into communes according to their species. When the sunset comes, they begin their activity hunting. The first bats to come out are the soldiers, each species has its own. Soldiers are the lowest ranked within the chain, those who gamble by going out without the protection of those of great bulk.

The first few minutes the whirlwind may seem somewhat bland, but little by little you will find yourself surrounded by thousands of bats passing so close to you that one of them may bump into you.

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Video of the great Daniel, thank you, herma 🙂

Like so many wonders of this Peninsula, it is not a crowded place, so you can attend the event almost in privacy. The rules of the place are changing depending on who runs it. In February 2020, access was free. This place is ours Essentials of the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Calakmul, cave of the bats

LOCATION: the entrance to the known as Volcán de los Murciélagos It is located at 8 km from the town of Conhuás. In the 106 km of the 186 Escárcega-Chetumal federal highway,
WHEN TO GO TO SEE THE VOLCANO OF THE BATS? At sunset, depending on whether you are in summer or winter time, it changes from 4:30 in the afternoon to 8.30:30. But always at sunset, about XNUMX minutes before.
PRICE AND ACCESS TO THE CAVE: It has no cost. The rules have changed, they can change. The cave is marked on the road with a bat signal. There is a small entrance where you park 8 maximum cars. Sometimes they park on the road. The cave is about 200 meters following a path. This easy traveler.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? To Conhuás (to 8 km), the nearest town to the cave of the bats, arrives collective from Escárcega and Xpuhil. TO Xpuhil, the nearest large town nearby is public transport from Escárcega (2 hours), Chetumal (1'40 "h) and Campeche (4'30" h). From Xpuhil and Conhuás there is private taxi service to the cave.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, insect repellent and closed and comfortable shoes: you are in the jungle and there are many bugs, protect yourself from bites. If you have binoculars, it's a good time to get them out.

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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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