Aktun Chen Cave System

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Located within the Indiana Jones Natural Adventure Park are a number of activities that guests can participate in and lots of wildlife to see. One of the attractions on site is the Aktun Chen Cave system. Formed over five million years ago, visitors can now marvel at the variety of columns, stalagmites, and stalactites

The tour of the cave system is a 656 yard walking tour that leads visitors through paths that have been made safe to walk on. Of particular note within the caves are the domes and the 39 foot deep cenote filled with water. During your tour, a knowledgeable guide will tell you of the history and geology of the cave.

In addition to a basic walking tour of the cave system, you can also opt for exclusive zip-line and snorkeling tours.

Location

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The Aktum Chen Cave System can be found along the Cancun-Tulum Highway, just 2.5 miles outside of Akumal and 25 minutes from Playa del Carmen. A staff member from the natural park will pick you up from your hotel for $20(USD).

Aktun Chen Cave System is located in the Riviera Maya, in Quintana Roo; it is to the northwest of Akumal.

Nearby Restaurants

If the time you spend exploring this cave gets your stomach stomach growling, there's no need to fret -- you will find a plentiful supply of dining options in this general area. Lucy's Too, which sells International food, is also the most convenient option for visitors of this cave. It's only around six miles away, so grab a table and eat up! Midway Food and La Lunita are some more restaurant options close to Aktun Chen Cave System. At La Lunita you and your group can't end your meal without ordering a plate of their specialty, tacos.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like caves, and are interested in visiting others, should check out Cristalino Maya Cenote and Jardin Del Eden Cenote; both are within a car's reach of this cave. There are other places of interest nearby, including Jungle Place, which is within traveling range in the Riviera Maya. Also consider visiting Tajmahal Cenote, which is another attraction in the area.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

Attractions Near Aktun Chen Cave System
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Jungle Place -- 7.8 mi. (7.0 km) S 4.4 mi. South West of Akumal
Tajmahal Cenote -- 8.1 mi. (1.9 km) E 1.2 mi. Northwest of Xpu Ha
X'Cacel Turtle Conservation Area -- 8.7 mi. (7.6 km) SSE 4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Akumal
Xunaan Ha Cenote -- 8.8 mi. (10.4 km) S 6.5 mi. South West of Akumal

More Information

Hours

The caves are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a guided tour will take about 90 minutes.

Policies

The tour of the Aktun Chen Cave System is not recommended for people with back problems, have recently had surgery, or for pregnant women.

Cost

The general tour costs $25 for adults and $13 for kids. The zip-line tour costs $36 and the snorkeling tour costs $20.

Address

Av. de los Colegios #37 por Av. Bonfil Calle de acceso (L28) Sm 309 Mz 16 Lt 37, 77560, the Riviera Maya, Mexico

Phone

(998) 881-9400

Website

http://www.aktunchen.com

 

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