AAA Editor Notes
Loltún Caves (Grutas de Loltún) are about 6 km (10 mi.) s.w. of Oxkutzcab via the Sayil-Labná road. The entrance to the caves is reached from a gravel path that branches off the n. side of the road; the turn-off is not signed. Hieroglyphic inscriptions and carvings of flowers on the cave walls are estimated to be some 1,000 years old; the name, loosely translated, means “one flower in the stone.” Throughout the caves are chultunes (cisterns), stone troughs which were placed to collect water dripping from the roof. Natural formations include giant stalactites and stalagmites that emit an echoing hum when struck.
The caverns can be seen by guided tour only. Tours are given daily at 9:30, 12:30 and 3:30; double-check this schedule at the Uxmal visitor center. Some passages are dark and the paths may be slippery or steep; wear comfortable, nonslip walking shoes. Most tours are given in Spanish; ask at the front ticket office regarding the availability of an English-speaking guide.