Chechem Ha Cave

Chechem Ha Cave, Cayo: Address, Chechem Ha Cave Reviews: 5/5

Chechem Ha Cave
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Virtual Nomads
Toronto, Canada81 contributions
May 2020
I did a tour with Mayan Walk Tour and it was the highlight of my trip. It was mentally relaxing. Tubing in the cave was a magical experience.
Written April 5, 2021
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Sianin
Smithers, Canada166 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
William discovered this cave in 1989. It is on his private property. It is a lovely hike through the woods then a fairly easy tour through the cave (there are some steep ladders that allow you to see the mayan pottey/altars.

The cave also has an intriguing altar and rock carving of ix chel (goddess) . Very different than ATM and just as worth it. William is very knowledgeable. His mom makes a great lunch.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ethan Perry
Duluth, MN9 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Family
A relatively small cave, but absolutely packed with stunning Mayan pottery. There are some geological features like stalactites, but the real draw is the archeology. Surrounded by artifacts, you can easily imagine a thousand years ago the flickering lights of Mayan priests entering to communicate with the underworld.

Archeologists made an inventory of the cave after its discovery, and the reasonable tour fee helps the family owners protect it from looters. They learned the history of the cave and its artifacts from the scientists, and Jessica was a friendly and informative guide.

The hike up to the cave was strenuous for us only because of that day's excessive heat. The family has a small open air restaurant where you can get lunch or cold drinks after hiking back down. The view out over the Macal River valley is spectacular.

We were staying at Martz Farm, and they arranged the tour for us, drove us the few minutes up the road, and picked us up again afterwards, so that was very convenient.
Written May 29, 2019
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Monika Gurtner
Thalwil, Switzerland2 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Friends
I lived at Che Chem ha Logde.So my first tour was visiting the cave on the property of the family with William as a very good tour-guide.He has a big knowledge about mayan people living in this beautiful cave.There are many pottery to see, some broken and some in a astonishing good state.
Hiking up to the entrance is easy.And after going down we had a excellent lunch at the lodge.
A good trip with meeting very friendly people.
Written April 23, 2019
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Lyle N
Kelowna, Canada175 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Couples
This is an amazing cave experience. William, the guide and the person who found this cave is extremely knowledgable about the cave and an expert in getting you to the area. The lunch they provide at their facility is also excellent. I would recommend going in the morning when it is cooler and then having lunch. This is an amazing cave experience, you'll be glad you did it. Bring good shoes with a grip and a head lamp.
Written April 22, 2019
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Galen Campbell
Calgary, Canada124 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Family
Che Chem Ha Cave is definitely something worth visiting if you are staying around San Ignacio. It is on private property and was discovered in 1989 by William (or his dog, whom he credits) who provides the tours and is sometimes helped by his daughter Jessica. It is a dry cave (compared to others) and is filled with Mayan artifacts and natural features. We managed it with 3 & 5 year olds and grandparents in their early 60s.
Plan ahead to arrange a tour - I contacted riverratbelize@hotmail.com. It can be tricky to find, so getting a shuttle as part of a tour has its advantages. You can/will also get a fantastic homemade hot lunch as part of the tour.
We drove ourselves out there, but long story short, we missed our turnoff and then missed the start time for our tour. We ended up at the family house where we were supposed to have lunch after our tour. The family was fantastic and accommodated us wonderfully. Andrea (William's sister-in-law) showed us around some of the property until our lunch was ready, then we did our tour after lunch instead.
If you decide to drive yourself, get yourself to Mollejon Road and drive until you see the turnoff leading up a short hill, which is marked by a sign with 'EL MIRADOR' as the most prominent writing (picture included). This takes you to the start of the hike. I also took a GPS marker, which may be helpful: 17.022262,-89.076664 (Further along is a second turnoff with a Che Chem Ha sign, which will take you to the family home if you are getting lunch.)
Written February 23, 2019
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Andrew F
Portland, OR119 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Couples
This cave was found on his family's property in 1989 by William who gives the tour. It involves a moderately hilly 1.25 mile walk through nice woods (with some good birdwatching) and then the tour through the cave which involves climbing a few ladders and ducking under ledges. It's not for the frail, but is not overly demanding. The cave contains original Mayan pottery in its original locations. William does a great job explaining the thinking in how the cave was used. We originally hadn't planned on doing this tour, but are very glad we did.
Written February 1, 2019
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Wyochris1
Driggs, ID6 contributions
Apr. 2018 • Solo
Had an amazing time visiting this cave. William was a great guide, explaining the surroundings in both the jungle and the cave. I enjoyed the whole trip. The pottery in the cave is incredible, not to mention the ceremonial circle in the last room.
Written April 8, 2018
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dennisfr
Chicago, Illinois339 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Friends
The hike to the cave (and also back) is about 35 minutes, much of it uphill and downhill, and you spend about an hour in the cave. When I was there, there had been heavy rains, so the hike was muddy, slippery, and quite taxing -- a significant part of the adventure, or a major pain, depending on your attitude. I couldn't have done it without the hiking stick that they provided. The cave itself is interesting and enjoyable, with a few (but not a lot) good stalactites and stalagmites, a few big spiders and some bats. Some parts of the cave are somewhat tricky to get through, though there are no really tight spaces (with the exception noted below): There's one stretch where you have to bend down, and there's one part where the footing is, believe it or not, very sticky, almost tar-like, so it wants to pull your footwear off. Mostly, though, it's pretty easy going. The exception is at the tail end, where there's an option (which half of our group took and the other half didn't) to squeeze through a small space into a larger space that you have to exert yourself to climb up and out of. The Mayan pottery is astoundingly abundant and well-preserved -- much better than I'd anticipated. I recommend doing this, but if at all possible, wear shoes with good traction that aren't likely to get pulled off your feet in the sticky part of the cave.
Written February 4, 2018
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rodolfo j
San Ignacio, Belize273 contributions
Dec. 2017 • Family
After a reasonable trek to the cave entrance. Our incredible guide, Gonzo from River Rat, gave us a comprehensive run down of safety guidelines and equipped us with our helmets and lights. Once inside this amazing cave, he was a fountain of knowledge about all things Mayan and caves. We all had a great time and would like to thanks William, the owner and Gonzo for a great trip to Che Chem Ha
Written January 29, 2018
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