|Location:||8 km south east of Cobán. Cecilinda. At the hermita/puesto de salud in aldea Santa Cecilia, San Juan Chamelco. In Chamelco, take a bus or pickup truck going to Chamil from the corner of zero Calle and zero Avenida. Ask the driver to let you off at the Rey Marcos cave.|
|Open:||All year Sat-Sun 8-17. Weekdays on special arrangement.|
Park: Adults Q10.
Cave: Adults Q10.
Guided tours from Cobán: US$ 12.
|Light:||helmet, boots and light provided|
Grutas Rey Marcos, Ivan Fernandez, Tel: +502-951-2756 or +502-951-4356.
Internet Café, 1a. Calle 3-13, Cobán, Tel: +502-951-4040, Fax: +502-951-4040. E-mail:
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Grutas Rey Marcos is recent discovery and is said to contain some of the most beautiful decorations of any cave in Central America. There are huge stalagmites with filigree translucent ornamentation. You have to wade across the underground river at one point to see some of the best stalactites and stalagmites.
The cave is located above Cecilinda, a famous bathing and picnic spot, where a spring gushes forth from the mountainside into a series of pools and waterfalls. There is also an artificial children's pool and scenic hiking trails up the mountain through lush rainforest. A restaurant, open on weekends, features typical Guatemalan cuisine, and a tienda offers soft drinks and snacks.
A kilometre-long series of caves, though the tour only takes you a little way into the complex - you have to wade across an underground river at one stage to see some of the best stalactites and stalagmites, including one that's a dead ringer for the leaning tower of Pisa.
Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.