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“Very beautiful”

Grutas de Calcehtok
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Maxcanu
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

This is a great experience the guide was extremely knowledgeable and turned a great visual and sensory experience into an enjoyable learning opportunity. Would highly recommend.

1  Thank Glynn P
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

One of the cenotes there is seems like an island under the ground, very genuine not that full of tourist and surrounded by local country life.

3  Thank Carolina S
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

Now this is one cool attraction, going into the bowels of the earth, seeing where water and geological shifts changed the rocks, seeing where indigenous peoples lived, prayed, hid and died was awesome

Tip, take a large powerful flashlight with you, the headlights the guides issue are ok but a little dim for long range sighting

3  Thank John B
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

I don't know what else I can say that hasn't been written. We went today with 2 twelve year olds for the 2 hour adventure tour. Thank you to all who have posted that it was now referred to as X'Pikil. I put "Oxkintok" into google maps. I followed the directions mostly to Oxkintok, when we turned onto a lonely road, there was a sign for "ruins" and one for "grutas (caves)". We followed the sign for "grutas" and went about 1/2 a mile up a semi-rough road. Honestly, it was not that bad, we've been on FAR worse roads going to some out-of-the-way cenotes in Playa Del Carmen. At the end of the road was an encampment with a bunch of people hanging out. We paid $600 pesos for the 4 of us for 2 hours. Victor and his son, Victor Jr (age 10) were our guides. He doesn't speak English but I speak limited Spanish and he told us a lot of things about the history of the caves, the animals that lived there, the minerals, etc and was so kind an patient with us. It was a crazy 2 hours - much more strenuous than I thought. A lot of sliding, going up ropes, down ladders and on your stomach through very tight spaces. I was going to bring water but honestly, you need 2 hands to hold on and you don't have room for a backpack. It was fine for the 2 hours. We even left our keys with the guy at the information booth as we didn't want to risk losing them (and I'm glad we did!). As all others said, we basically just threw away the clothes at the end of the trip. They were pretty destroyed but we knew that ahead of time, so that was fine. I really hope you take some time to go there. It was an easy 1 hour trip from Merida and easy to find using all the tips off of Tripadvisor and even if we took a wrong turn or two, we would have easily found it on attempt #2 or #3. It was worth it and more!

4  Thank Kana B
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

The Grutas de Calcehtok are located at the end of a dusty road about 60km SW of Merida, on a not very well signed turning South off the road between Maxcanu and Muna. When we arrived we were not even sure if they were the correct caves, as there were only two other cars there, and a few local men waiting for customers. There's no visitor centre or tourist facilities, but just a couple of tented structures.

Tours are offered based on the length of time rather than the number of people being guided; we opted for a 1 hour tour, which was suitable for "families" (although we were all adults); in the end, as there were five of us, two guides accompanied us for a tour lasting over 90 minutes. There are many more "extreme" tours on offer, lasting up to six hours, but I suspect that a lot of those would be difficult for anyone not used to caving or potentially susceptible to claustrophobia.

You enter the cave system down a metal ladder, and thereafter the route you are taken is mainly on compressed earth. Some of the climbs or descents were a little challenging, largely due to being slippy - as the soil is quite reddish on colour, it's wisest to wear old clothes and trainers or sandals that have grippy soles. You are given a head torch to wear, but should still be cautious about banging your head.

Having noted all the warnings, though, it really is worthwhile. These are apparently the second largest cave system in the Yucatan, an area with many sets of caves owing to it being largely limestone. There are many different rock formations, some carrying slightly fanciful names, including numerous stalactites and stalagmites. Look out for the area with a lot of small phallic-shaped stalagmites, with donations on them for fertility! Don't expect to be able to get photos that do justice to the impressive nature of the caves, so walk slowly and enjoy!

3  Thank MKMapman
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