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“Lifelong memory”
Review of Lanquin Caves

Lanquin Caves
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Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Lanquin
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Owner description: These limestone caves are part of a national park system, with many of the caverns lit by lanterns for visitors to explore.
Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lifelong memory”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Read the other reviews. This is a serious undertaking and you have to be physically fit to handle it. If you go during rainy season be especially wary of taking proper precautions. If you have a headlamp (waterproof) definitely wear it. WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR. I had chaco hiking sandals on and I had a much easier time navigating over people who were barefoot. There's a high risk of foot injury since you're waking on rocks. There's a high risk of injury period because you're walking on wet rocks. It is slippery. It is muddy, this is underground cave spelunking with a river running through it. If you like that type of thing then you will LOVE this. There are small waterfalls and you go against the current at times. But as long as you are prepared - it is A-mazing. Great experience. Not able to be topped in terms of anything else I have done. If you get a chance swing into the river too once you're done. I also jumped off the bridge into the river but I do not advise this unless your are a very STRONG swimmer. It was very swift, very strong current.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Almost died there - friend had to be medevaced out of the country”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Beware - the Lanquin caves should be a reminder to you that safety standards are NOT the same as in more developed countries.

Several of my friends and myself were injured to various degrees, some very seriously (cerebral commotion, fractures) at this place because we went inside at the beginning of a heavy rainfall which caused the current to become strong and water levels to rise.

Read the other negative reviews, they describe the general lack of safety. If you decide to go in regardless, make sure there is no rain forecast, that you bring your own waterproof electric headlight, that you are wearing canyoning shoes, AND THAT YOU HAVE A GREAT TRAVEL INSURANCE and are willing to take a significant risk.

I've heard rumors that the locals say the tourists who got in accidents in the past were unfit, overweight, etc. Our group was composed of fit twenty-somethings and we got hurt and traumatised.

Visited June 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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521 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
“More bats than one could ever expect!”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

The cave is an experience in itself, the interior quite deep to venture into... Bring good shoes as the stairs and paths are slippery and muddy, this isn't flip flop time and you can easily get hurt! Once you're done touring the cave, the main attraction is most definitely to be on the inside of the cave's entrance when sundown comes around and all the bats start coming out to feed... AMAZING!!! Don't miss this when in Lanquin... Hope this review was helpful!!!

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
“Dangerous but fun!”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

We came here as part of the tour that everyone books (includes entrance to Semuc Champey as well, and an all-round guided tour for Q150).
You must bring water shoes or sandals (no flip-lops) unless you really want to hurt your feet.
The tour inside the cave includes climbing up ladders & ropes , walking in water, swimming, and jumping (not a must). Surfaces are very slippery and generally there isn’t much safety involved…
A waterproof headlight could come in handy though the guide gives every person a candle.
It is great fun to do though only if you are up for an adventure.

Visited April 2014
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Essex, Vermont
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“awesome, super slippery”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

don't go there without a guide, is super slipery, and defenitly bring your torch, and try to be there before it gets dark.

Visited April 2014
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