As you enter the five million year-old cave at Aktun Chen’s eco park, you may feel like you're venturing into another world. Large stalactites and stalagmites create eerie formations along the 600-yard walk through the cavern. Your guide will explain the history and geology of the cave and the surrounding region. The dramatic rock formations could be spooky, but occasional openings in the ceiling and walls diminish the eerie effect by allowing light and fresh air to penetrate. Aktun Chen means “well inside a cave” in the Maya language. The walk through the cave is mostly dry but as you near the end you will arrive at the underground cenote (sinkhole) that gives the park its name.
At Aktun Chen you can also soar above the jungle canopy on a zip line, then take a dip in a fresh water cenote. You’ll also meet animals native to the Yucatan Peninsula such as deer, peccaries, and spider monkeys in the park's zoo areas.
A visit to Aktun Chen is a good choice for a family vacation excursion as the activities are suitable for all ages.
Many other parks in the area offer zip lining and cenote swimming, but the cave at Aktun Chen is one of the largest in the world, making this experience one of the best in the Riviera Maya.