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#142134 - 03/29/02 01:34 PM Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
ojackieo Offline
Does anyone have any info on the Xibalba(Cayo District)? There is an article in the Car. Travel&Life magazine this month. It sounds pretty interesting, it is a Maya cave with nine levels to explore. From what is says you are underground for atleast threee hours. Does anyone know any details about this?

#142135 - 03/30/02 01:06 AM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
seashell Offline
It is Tunichal Muchnal?
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#142136 - 03/30/02 11:29 PM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
Cinca Offline
National Geographic has an excellent article about it! You have to dig for it, but it is worth the read. I have pictures on my Home Page (see my profile). I am definitely going into that cave again!

#142137 - 04/03/02 02:07 AM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
munichchick Offline
We explored Actun Tunichil Mucnal last June and it was the most amazing thing we ever did. A true adventure and very magical. In which National Geographic edition is the article Cinca. We where told that they just where there a month before we got there to photograph and research the cave but we never found the article. We have the new Caribean Life article so and it brings great memories back.

#142138 - 04/05/02 09:32 PM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
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That cave trip was one of the most thrilling things I've done in years. I enjoyed it immensely. It was a little bit hard on the old bod, but well worth it!
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#142139 - 04/06/02 05:38 AM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
ojackieo Offline
Thank you. In the National Geo article that there are only 6 guides. Whom did you use and how much did it cost and how long is it?

#142140 - 04/08/02 09:04 PM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
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#142141 - 04/08/02 10:18 PM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
seashell Offline
I don't know what company we used as it was arranged by my friend. I think our guide was one of, if not the very first to be allowed to take tours through it. I'm thinking is name was Ericqo or Enrique. He was *very* good. The hike in is about 45 minutes on a trail, that can get a bit slippery when wet. You wade through the same stream 3 or 4 times as it curves around the trail. At the mouth of the cave, you have to swim about 15' through 15' or so deep of water to get to the ledge just inside the cave. Once inside, you will be doing climbing, crawling, wading and lots of hiking. There was just one bit that gave me a touch of claustrophobia. I had to twist my body through a small opening but many others had gone before so I knew it would be OK and I was through before I knew it. Once inside the cave it took around 4 hours.

Be sure to wear quick dry clothes. I just wore biker-type exercise shorts and a 3 quarter lenght sleeve t-shirt, to keep me from scrapes and stuff. However, while that worked great to keep me from being scraped and I was quite comfy for doing the work, I got chilled especially afterwards.
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#142142 - 04/11/02 09:56 PM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
Barbara K Offline
The resort closest to the cave is Pook's Hill. It's walking distance.

#142143 - 04/13/02 10:30 PM Re: Article in Caribbean Travel&Life
Marty Offline
the natl geographic article is in the april 2000 issue... amazing article...


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