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Caves by candlelight

We went to these caves as part of a Semac Champey tour. The caves are right next to the river and... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2020
bucketlisttravellers
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Sydney, Australia
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With my kids 10 and 12

We had an amazing time. Something really different to do. We enjoyed so much. At the end we visited... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2019
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Majorca, Spain
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is a real adventure.

This is not a Disney Tour or anything else in North America. This is challenging, exciting and maybe a bit dangerous if you dont go at your pace.

But overall, it was very, very cool not really for the cave himself but for the adventure and the waterfall inside it !!!

Include in this trip was a small tubbing experience. This one was pretty boring.

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank Ghistos
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We took a tour in Lanquin for Semuc Champey, and this visit was included. So we did not really plan to go there.

But it was surely one of the craziest experience of our life! I had no shoes, we received only candels to get a little bit of light, and there is absolutely no security! All this make it a great experience for western people!

In most countries, it is the kind of visit that non professional do with two helmets, 35 ropes, 3 torches and two guide who hold your hand everytime you jump 30cm. Here, you can go barefoot with just a swimsuit and a candle!

All in all, I don't know what to think: on one hand, its really fun and interesting to experience such a lack of security, on the other hand, it is probably something a little bit stupid to do... I prefer not to imagine how you would be taken out of it if you get seriously hurt (which can happen hunderd times, even if the guide told me that the accidents were really rare). The sign at the entrance is clear : visit at your own risk!

And in any case : DON'T GO THERE WITHOUT SHOES!

Date of experience: December 2013
Thank Rogg4n
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

Definitely not what you'd get in the states, safety does not come first here. But for the adventurous types, this was a really fun tour.

Date of experience: January 2014
1  Thank Debbie M
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

The caves are nice but nowhere near as beautiful as other caves i have seen. I would only recommend this as an activity if you are lanquin for 2 or 3 days, otherwise just go to semuc champey, it's awesome. The caves are 20 mins walk from town, or 5 quetzals per person by tuktuk. The bats didn't fly out as the locals said they do everyday evening at sunset.

Date of experience: April 2013
Thank fattyoz
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

The feeling of being inside of a water filled cave is just amazing !! You literally navigate through some underground chambers, with pools and a cascade included !! I loved the experience. Now, you must take into account that there are some risks: 1. You need to know how to swim, since there is some real swimming required in some small parts of the cave. Also, keep in mind that there are submerged rocks that are hard to spot while swimming, so it's relatively easy to hit them....and they can really hurt. So swim slowly 2. The caves are not illuminated, so unless you have your own head light (don't even think of bringing a flash light since it will get wet and ruined),the only ilumination available are the candles that the tour organisers offer at the entrance. The tour guide has a head light but the candles get wet easily and it can get quite dark inside. 3. Unless you have a water proof camera, think twice about bringing your camera inside, since it can get wet very easily...the water inside some areas of the cave is quite deep and you really need to swim. In any case, if you decide to bring your camera, have it protected by towels and/or plastic bags. 4. There are some stairs to climb and you need to go through some really narrow spaces sometimes, so mind your head, your arms and legs all the time....it really hurts to hit a rock, as we all know. 5. I don't think the excursion is appropriate for children, because of the risks involved. 6. There is a place where you can actually jump to a pool.....keep in mind that it's not that deep. And also there is a place where you can choose to climb a stair of grab a rope to get up, right next to a cascade. I found the rope a bit dangerous and I decided to climb the stairs instead. I would say that the risks are manageable in general, and the thrill and beauty of the experience totally compensates them......but you just need to be careful to enjoy the caves and avoid any unnecessary harm.

Date of experience: January 2013
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