Chem Ha Cave is located on private property, just a short distance from San Ignacio. The owners discovered the cave by accident, when their dog happened to lead them to the hidden cave. Excitingly, the cave contains one of the biggest collections of Maya pottery ever discovered.
- 5 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 8:00 AM, 1:00 PM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
At the end of the cave, you’ll find a stelae – a large slab of stone – at the end of the cave, in a chamber with a high ceiling. Archeologists have also discovered charcoal remnants near the stelae – evidence of religious rituals. Historians believe that the larger vessels were used to collect water, perhaps as a sacrifice to the water god, Chaac.
On this tour, you’ll have the chance to explore these chambers with a local guide. Your guide will tell you more about how this site ties into Maya lore – caves were thought to be a passage to the underworld, and this cave’s many artifacts testify to its sacred meaning. The hike to the cave is quite scenic, and you should bring binouclars if you'd like to do some bird watching on the way. This tour also includes a break for lunch.
What to Bring
Comfortable attire (i.e. t-shirt, shorts, pants, etc.), comfortable shoes (preferably hiking shoes), bug spray, water, camera, and binoculars for bird watching.
Tour guide, equipment, lunch, water, transportation, and entrance fees.
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