Mucbilha' I

Mucbilha' I community, located near Candelaria Caves National Park, offers you Q'eqchi' hospitality in a lovely eco-lodge, visits to an extraordinary cave with cathedral-like caverns and a thrilling cave tubing tour through an underground section of the Candelaria River.


 


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Candelaria Caves National Park is a subterranean river and cave system considered among the largest and most impressive in Latin America. In addition to its speleological* attributes, this cave system has great cultural and natural significance since it was a principal pilgrimage site for the ancient Maya civilization and continues to shelter diverse flora and fauna. For the archeology buff there are more than 20 archaeological sites surrounding the cave system and a lot of Maya pottery which shows its importance in ancient times.

* The scientific study and exploration of caves.

In Mucbilha' I you can visit a vanilla plantation and an amazing cave called “Venado Seco” (Dry Deer). This astounding cave has countless corridors and caverns, ancient Maya pottery and fascinating rock formations. The most stunning attraction is a huge cathedral-like cavern known as “The Garden” where a natural window illuminates a small forest that inexplicably thrives inside the cave. If you want to be more adventurous and cool down from the heat, you may also embark on a beautiful and thrilling voyage of cave tubing in an underground section of the Candelaria River.

Services:

In this community you may enjoy Q'eqchi' hospitality in a lovely four room eco-lodge or camping areas. You'll also get to visit a Visitors' Center, which provides relevant geological and cultural information and a beautiful bridge over the Candelaria River.

All of the tourism services in Mucbilha' I are managed by the local “Indigenous Q'eqchi ‘Association of Mucbilha' I” and all proceeds go toward community projects. Services include:

  • Guided interpretative tours to the caves
  • Guided cave tubing tour
  • Equipment rental (tubes, life jackets and flashlights)
  • Lodging in cabins
  • Camping area
  • Restrooms with showers
  • Food service
  • Parking lot

How to get there:

Mucbilha' I is located in the kilometer 315, between the towns of Chisec and Raxruhá. Beside the highway there is a painted sign indicating the entrance to a two kilometer long unpaved road that leads to the parking lot. There you may park your vehicle and walk about 30 minutes (medium to high effort) through a nature trail to the Visitors' Center. The tour to each cave takes about an hour and a half.

Suggested equipment:

  • Comfortable light clothes
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Water shoes for the tubing tour
  • Swimming suit
  • Towel
  • Sun screen
  • Hat or cap
  • Sun glasses

 

In Mucbilha' I the Q'eqchi' hospitality, amazing caves and exhilarating cave tubing tours make your experience and unforgettable one.

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