Yucatán and Campeche States Sights

Grutas de Loltún

  • Cave

Published 08/21/2015

Fodor's Review

The Loltún ("stone flower" in Mayan) is one of the largest, most fascinating cave systems on the Yucatán Peninsula. Long ago, Mayan ceremonies were routinely held inside these mysterious caverns, and artifacts unearthed in them date as far back as 800 BC. The topography itself is intriguing: there are stalactites, stalagmites, and limestone formations known by such names as Ear of Corn and Cathedral. Illuminated pathways meander a little over a kilometer through the caves, most of which are quite spacious and well ventilated (claustrophobics needn't worry). Nine different openings allow air and some (but not much) light to filter in. Moisture can make these paths somewhat slippery so be sure to wear shoes that grip. You can enter only with a guide. Although they earn a very small salary, guides mostly survive on tips—so be generous.

Sight Information

Address:

19 km (12 mil) northeast of Labná on Carretera 31E, down an unmarked road toward Oxkutzcab, Yucatán, Mexico

Sight Details:

  • M$140; parking M$28
  • Daily 8–5. Scheduled tours at 9:30, 12:30, 3, and 4 (Spanish); 11 and 2 (English)

Published 08/21/2015

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