Caves were an important site of Mayan pilgrimage and rituals. For the Maya people, caves served a sacred function. They were considered the holiest places on earth, a mystical underworld outside of normal time, where gods dwelled and Maya priests went to commune with them. Even today, modern Mayas can be seen visiting caves for Christian and traditional Maya ceremonies. ‘Bomb’il Pek (Painted Rock) offers an exciting alternative for the more adventurous tourist. To enter the cave, you must go down to the bottom of a 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 can 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. At the end there is a part of tubing. You can reach the cave by rappel or steps downs.
|Departure times:||08:00 Hrs|
|Departure point:||Your hotel / address in Coban or Lanquin|
|Price||95 USD p.p (mínimum 4 persons)|
|Included||Transportation from / to coban, entrance fees, equipment, security briefing, packed lunch|
|What to bring||Extra clothes and comfortable shoes to walk in, hat, sunglasses, wáter, repellent, swimming suit, towel|