Grutas Las Marias, Lanquin

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Take a guided tour to explore Grutas Las Marias, a network of deep caves featuring unusual rock formations and stalactites. Tours are conducted using the light of homemade candles, which add to the eerie atmosphere and your overall experience. Make sure you wear a swimsuit and rubber shoes, as this cave features several natural pools and a very slippery floor. Not recommended for claustrophobia sufferers. Before you head to Lanquin, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Lanquin online day trip planner , to make sure you see all that Lanquin has to offer, including Grutas Las Marias.
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  • These caves are so much fun and adventure, I never thought I was going to like it since I am not attracted to caves in general but this is a cool and nice experience and perfect if matched with the po...  more »
  • I visited the Grotto Las Marias (also known as K'an ba') after visiting Semuc Champey. In fact, the tour contracted at my lodging included Semuc Champey and the grottoes, as they are quite close, just across the bridge over the Cahabón River. He had visited caves and caverns before, but had never been in a grotto where the walk took place in the water. In K'anba, much of the tour (which takes about an hour) you will do with your legs and almost the entire body in the water. For this reason, it is essential to wear water-appropriate footwear; if you wanted to walk them barefoot or in sandals, you would end up with feet hurt by stones. You can rent suitable shoes at the entrance of the cave (they also rent life jacket, but it is not necessary), or buy the shoes at the entrance of Semuc Champey (Q40, about 5 USD). As the tour is done in the water, it is best to go in a swimsuit, without a doubt. If you're fully clothed, your clothes when you get wet will be a problem. The tour is done in a group with a guide showing the way. There are no explanations about the formation or history of the grotto, it is mostly an adventure ride. To see in the dark, each visitor receives a candle. Yes, a candle! This makes the experience very interesting. The light of all the sails in the group is enough to be able to see where to walk all the way. The only problem is when your candle goes out because a good part of your body is in the water; holding your candle and holding on to a rope as you advance in the water is not so easy. If you are prepared with a lamp for the forehead, or the light from your cell phone (in protective case for water), you can better light your walk. At the entrance to the grotto, you can leave your stuff in a community locker (all the belongings of the group that enters are together). There are toilets also in case you need to. One very important thing must be taken into account: these caves are not suitable for everyone. People with claustrophobia, fear of darkness, young children, overweight, pregnant, with mobility problems, etc., will have a lot of difficulty to make the tour and it would be better to avoid it. It is also important not to confuse K'anba grottoes with the Lanquín grottoes. The latter are near the village of Lanquín, less than 5 minutes by tuk tuk, and are dry. K'anba is close to Semuc Champey, more than 40 minutes' drive from Lanquín.
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