Trip to Lanquin and Bat Caves

Lanquin Travel Blog

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After hearing the night before that some fellow travellers (Richard, Jenny and John) were going to Lanquin the next morning, we decided to join them and got up at 4:30am to get the 5am shuttle to Guatemala City. From there we caught the 6:30 am Especial Bus to Coban and from there we got the 11:30 shuttle to Lanquin where we arrived 14h00 or so. That left enough time to take a quick nap before going on the Lanquin Bat Cave tour at 17h00.

The Bat Cave tour was great. We went about 1km into a cave who's end still hasn't been found yet (apparently some french explorers went about 25km in but then ran out of time), climbing up and down ever so slippery rocks. Our guide Marco was great and full of information, despite being only 17. He showed us some Mayan sacrificial sites in the cave that are still used today (apparently the number of annual rituals is up from the original 4 to about 10 now as their religion has become mixed with Catholicism and now incorporates aspects of both). We headed back just as the bats started leaving the cave and by the time we got to the cave entrance the sight was absolutely amazing, thousands of bats flying right past us, missing us only ever so narrowly. Quite spectacular. (Oh, yes, also saw and picked up some really freaky looking cave spiders.)

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