Lanquín Caves National Park
The Lanquín caves (8 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, $4) lie one kilometer northwest of Lanquín. They are several kilometers long, though only a small part is open to visitors. Although there are diesel generator–powered lights, these sometimes fail so bring a flashlight and good shoes for the slippery, guano-laden surfaces inside.
The entire cave system has yet to be fully explored or mapped, so don’t wander too far into the cavern’s core. There are some interesting stalactites to be found here.
Another highlight of a visit to these caves is the thousands of bats flying out from the cavern at dusk. The Río Lanquín also flows out of this cave and forms a turquoise ribbon meandering through the surrounding jungle. It’s perfect for a refreshing swim.
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