Caves of Calcehtok Yucatán Mx
Caves of Calcehtok, were used as refuge by the Mayans during the rebellion known as “caste war”, inside you can see traces of pottery, evidence of fire on the roof of some sections, petrographic manifestations or rock art.
Guided tours are offered with different difficulties to get to know the inside of the cave, the guides offer a flashlight per person with the route.
How to get
How to get to Calcehtok caves by public transport:
From the city of Mérida
You can take a bus at the TAME terminal at 69th Street Center between 68 and 70, or a public transport (combi) at San Juan Park located on 62nd Street between 67-A and 69-A downtown (at the streets of Cathedral).
Upon reaching Maxcanú you can take a moto-taxi to reach the caves and ask the driver to return for you at an agreed time.
The grottos are located in the low jungle and there are no continuous transport routes that pass near the road, as it is not a busy area, so you will need to secure your transport back or request a ride.
NOTE: the nearest town to the grottos is the Calcehtok ejido, however, it is easier to take a moto-taxi from Maxcanú.
How to get to Calcehtok caves by car:
To get to the grottos it is necessary to drive on the Mérida-Campeche road towards Maxcanú and before arriving turn towards the town Calcehtok where our destination is located.
From the center of Mérida you should go to the Itzáes avenue, once there, drive south towards Uman following the signs to Maxcanú (approximate travel time 1h).
Before reaching the town of Maxcanú you should turn left following the signs to another nearby town called Calcehtok, on the road you will see the signs; the caves are less than 3 kilometers away.
Destination | attraction
Guided tours are offered with different difficulties to get to know the interior of the cave, the guides offer a flashlight per person with the route:
Tour to the flattest area of the grotto, you will walk through some little slippery sections.
Tour through the grotto between rocky straits, observing ceramic remains, you need to crawl or crawl to cross straits.
Extreme adventure (difficult):
Travel to areas of difficult access, very narrow narrow passages, crawl chest-land, slide down slopes and pass walls holding a rope.
Members of the Cuy family like Rogelio have been guides of this place for generations long before 1986 and know this place as the palm of their hand.
These grottos or caves were used as refuge by the Mayans during the rebellion known as “war of castes”, inside you can see traces of pottery, evidence of fire on the roof of some sections, petrographic manifestations or rock art.
It was first named as grotto actún spukil also written Aktún X-pukil (cave of mice in Mayan language) due to the abundance of mice that were in the first vault of the grotto with vegetation, later popularized the name grottos of “calcehtok” for the town near 3 km with the same name.
Investigations and reports confirm that the extension of the cave is greater than 6 linear km with different chambers or vaults connected by rocky straits.
Your clothes will get very dirty from mud in the middle and difficult route, use dark and old clothes.
Prices for tickets, activities and transportation may vary over time.
The wheater in Calcehtok
Temperature 26 – 28 ° C / Rain 1 000 – 1 100 mm / Warm subhumid with rain in summer, with lower humidity (100%) / It is recommended to wear very fresh clothes because the area is very arid, preferably using dark colors for abundance of clay and mud in the caves.