Che Chem Ha Cave

Type of Attraction
Archaeological Site, Cave

  • Maya Artifacts
  • Cave System
  • Maya History

About Location
CheChem Ha is a cave system that was used by the Maya. In the cave, you can view hundreds of pots left behind by the Ancient Maya
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Tours & Shuttles
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Tucked into a limestone ridge in the Upper Macal River Valley is Che Chem Ha Cave (Poisonwood water). Accessing the cave involves a 40 minutes drive on the unpaved road and a 35 minutes ... morehike along jungle-lined trails. Once inside the cave, journey into the underworld – Xibalba – through nine levels using ladders and ropes. The Maya believed that the underworld encompassed 9 of the 22 layers of life. They would often leave offerings (sometimes human sacrifices) to their gods, most likely their rain god ‘Chaac’ during times of drought.
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Tour with us as we unveil the mysteries and secrets of the Maya underworld. Morales family, owners, and pioneers to this location many years ago can recount many stories of the logging ... moredays, jaguars, and the long mule trips into their little “paradise.” The cave, a healthy 40 minutes climb through the bush from the Morales farm, consists of Mayan pottery filled chambers with large intact pots varying in size, shape, and decoration.

Che Chem Ha Cave was used by the Maya as a storehouse for grain as well as a ceremonial center for their after-life bloodletting rituals. The different levels of the cave contain numerous pristine artifacts, including large pottery vessels, some with paintings and other district markings. One of the chambers contains artifacts used in performing their ritualized ceremonies.
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