The famous Che Chem Ha Cave holds an impressive collections of Mayan Pottery still intact and untouched, left behind by the Mayan shamans who used this cave for spiritual and religious ceremonies. Enter this portal to the underworld and become spell bound by the rich history and truth that comes alive inside this mysterious cave.
Your day of adventure beings as you leave from San Ignacio Town on an approximate 45-minute drive to the destination, the true heart of the Mayan Mountains where ancient cities lie hidden beneath the jungle. Deep within the Vaca Plateu reserve, secretly tucked away there lays a gateway to Xibalba. A portal to the underworld, giving you access to a once very sacred, religious and ceremonial site.
Start your jungle trek on a hilly terrain, an exercising hike in search of the famous gateway of Che Chem Ha cave as you find your way through the lush forest.
Actun Che Chem Ha, or cave of the "poisoned water", is where very important ceremonies and agricultural offerings and rituals were performed by the Mayan shamans. Inside this dry cave system, perched on ledges, you can appreciate the amazing collection of vessels (ollas) of all shapes and sizes left behind by a once great civilization.
From the moment you enter this dark world, and the deeper you venture, the larger it becomes. As you reach the mid-way point, you will encounter the largest formation (stalactites), which to the Mayans, were the roots of the tree of life that had penetrated into the under-world, and its branches went high up into the heavens! The Ceiba tree. This cave has some of the earliest collection of ceramics in the region dating to around 1,000 B.C coinciding with Cahal Pech ruins, another early pre-classic site.