The name “Aktun Chen” means “cave with an underground river inside” in ancient Mayan language. Nearly 988 acres of rainforest surround the cave where Mayans collect the gum from a local tree called “chicozapote” as they have for centuries.
Several caves call Aktun Chen “home”, and rivers flow underground in all these caverns. The main cave has an easy walking tour that may even be an option if you need the use of a walking cane. Most who are able to walk on their own, even with manual assistance, are able to navigate the cave trails.
Indirect lighting from several openings in the cave prevents an uncomfortable experience for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Water and calcium carbonate formed the stalactites, stalagmites and natural sculptures seen there over the past five million years.
Regional and local wildlife is also easily seen at Aktun Chen. This includes white tail deer, spider monkeys, badgers, wild boars, wild turkey, iguanas and multiple kinds of birds.
When arriving at Aktun Chen’s main cave, a specially-trained guide will meet you in the reception area. The guide will then take you and your tour mates on an hour and fifteen minute tour of the 600 meters long cave system.
During the tour, you will have the opportunity to view a beautiful cenote with crisp, clear water that is 12 meters deep. Local flowers and fauna abound at this cenote, and offer an ideal photo opportunity for future memoirs.
At the end of the cave tour, a small restaurant is available for a quick bite to eat or a relaxing drink. This establishmenthas local cuisine for a unique taste of Aktun Chen.
When arriving and leaving the cave area which is surrounded and decorated with local tropical flowers. This will also offer an ideal opportunity for you to take a photo of the pretty scenery or a memorable moment with your travel mates!
Eco tours are also available at Aktun Chen, offering several chances to hike and climb cliffs, as well as explore the local rainforests. The largely untouched environment in which Aktun Chen resides lets visitors to truly experience the local wildlife and plant life in its raw and natural form.