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“Great Bat Cave!”

Volcan de los Murcielagos
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Reviewed March 6, 2017

This bat cave is easy to find and easy to walk to - worth the trip. We were staying at Hotel Puerta Calakmul and it was about a 10-15 minute drive and then a 10 minute walk to the cave. Wear good shoes and take your camera and binoculars. The bats come out right at sunset.

Thank Jennifer E
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Reviewed February 4, 2017

If you think that watching 6 million bats take off out of a cave at dusk is not your thing, then skip this. Otherwise, a short walk in the jungle will lead you to an inverted whirlpool of trilling bats, that are so myriad that their echolocations sound like a high pitched electric buzz. And many will whizz right by you. This is one of the most thrilling experiences in nature that I've had. Go!

1  Thank haohuangpianist
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Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

And we thought the only thing to do here was to visit the ruins! Leaving Xpujil toward Calakmul, it is about a 30 minute drive. I posted the two seperate bat signs in the order you will see them. The turn off is just after km. 106 marker. There is a small paved area on the right, and a place to park the car. There is a white gravel path bordered by larger stones and is about 300 yards long. Toward the end it gets steep and has loose gravel so wear good shoes. There is a crater about 100' deep and 75' in diameter with the cave opening at the bottom. The 4th photo shows the movement of the bats. They don't make much noise, just some squeeking, but you can hear the beating of their wings. There are hundreds of thousands of them and it lasts about an hour until most of them are out. They followed each other in a line over our heads and fill the sky above. I was (un)lucky to get a dropping on my arm! Due to the circular crater, they spiral out and up to the sky. A hawk was waiting in a tree and we saw him capture a bat in flight. We were here February 24, 2016 and it began before 5 pm local time. I was surprised the bats came out before dark. Dusk was after 6:00. I was comforted to see a police car waiting when we left the area. We heard that there was a robbery here a few days earlier. Always be cautious of your surroundings.

5  Thank viajePALZ
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Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

Many thousands of bats flying out of a cave each minute forming a super fast tornado shape and flying all around you after dispersing.

We were lucky to see a hawk (or similarly sized bird) catching his dinner right above us.

Even my 2 year old girl enjoyed watching the bats, specially after I explained her that bats eat the mosquitoes she hates so much =)

There is space to leave your car right next to the highway, and you'll have to walk around 300m through a well marked path to the cave.

1  Thank Jorge K
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Reviewed February 8, 2016

This was a really cool thing to watch. All the bats exit and rotate out of the cave in one direction (looks like a tornado) and fly off in groups, You can watch hawks around trying to pick off the bats as well. As long as you make slow movements, the bats will just fly right past you without hitting you. Its one of those ecological marvels that you just have to see for yourself.

Getting to this cave - the location marker is a little incorrect. It is about 30-45 min west of Xpujil on the highway. There are no sigs marking it, but it is shortly before the turnoff to calakmul. There is a short foot path that takes about 5 minutes to walk to get to the cave. BRING A FLASHLIGHT FOR WALKING BACK!

1  Thank Daryl F
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