Che Chem Hah

Chechem Hah

Useful Information

Location: South of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo. Southward on Arenal Road, after 16 km turn off at small sign to Chechem Hah. 30 min walk to the cave entrance.
Open: Tours at 9, 10:30, 13, 14:30.
Fee: Group of 1-3 Belize$50, additional person Belize$12. Electric torch rent for Belize$6.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: none, electric torches for rent.
Guided tours: D=1 h.
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900 cave abandoned by the Maya.
NOV-1989 cave rediscovered.


Che Chem Hah is one of numerous caves in Cayo District. It is a recent discovery by two local farmers during a hunt. They soon found dozens of old clay pots. This pots are about a thousand years old and were probably used for ceremonial purposes or for grain storage. The exact date is not known as the Department of Archaeology (DoA) has not yet conducted an official excavation. Most of the pots are still at the original place, but some of them were moved to the DoA in Belmopan.

A visit to the cave includes numerous physical activities, so it is only suitable for physically fit visitors. It is necessary to walk have an hour to the cave. The cave tour itself contains numerous climbs of wooden ladders leading up to balconies.