B'omb'il Pek and Jul Iq' Caves

Located only two kilometers from the town of Chisec, Jul Iq' and B'omb'il Pek are two distinct and impressive cave systems where you can admire extraordinary rock formations such as stalactites and stalagmites, broken remnants of ancient Maya pottery, and the first cave paintings to be discovered in Guatemala. B'omb'il Pek offers an exciting alternative for the more adventurous tourist since you can rappel or climb down the cave.

 


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Jul Iq' (Cave of Wind) is remarkable thanks to its wide variety of attractions and its easy access. This cave has several natural windows that illuminate huge cathedral-like caverns creating magnificent views. If you're interested in learning more about caves, you'll be amazed with its wide variety of rock formations such as helictites, curtains, flowstones, pearls, massive columns, and several types of stalactites and stalagmites. This cave is considered sacred by the local Q'eqchi' and is still used for their religious ceremonies.

* Rock formations where raindrops flow around the formations making them grow in different directions and look like spirals.

B'omb'il Pek (Painted Rock) offers and exciting alternative for the more adventurous tourist. To enter the cave, you must go down to the bottom of deep gorge where a lush forest is growing. To the gorge, formed by the collapse of an ancient cavern, you may climb down a steep ladder or you may rappel your way down. Within this cave you may also admire remains of ancient Maya culture such as altars, ceramic pieces and the first cave paintings to be discovered in Guatemala depicting the outlines of two monkeys and a jaguar. Reaching these paintings, which the cave is named for, requires crawling through two very narrow passages in the rocks, approximately one meter wide.

Services:

All of the tourism activities in Jul Iq' and B'omb'il Pek are managed by the local “El Porvenir II Association” and all proceeds go toward community projects. Services include:

  • Guided interpretative tour in nature trail
  • Guided interpretative tour to the caves
  • Equipment rental (flashlights, rubber boots and helmets)
  • Rappelling services and equipment rental (ropes, harnesses, gloves and helmets)
  • Restrooms with showers
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Shaded parking lot

How to get there:

These caves are located two kilometers from Chisec, beside the highway that leads to the town of Raxruhá. Beside this paved highway you'll find the Visitors' Center where you may park your vehicle and pay your entrance fee. To reach the caves you must walk 40 minutes (medium effort) on a green trail that goes through farmlands and forest.

Suggested equipment:

  • Comfortable light clothes
  • Comfortable shoes for walking (we also recommend to rent rubber boots)
  • Water bottle
  • Sun screen
  • Hat or cap
  • Sun glasses

 

You may complement your experience in these caves by practicing the water activities offered in the neighboring San Simón river .

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