Aktun Chen

We took a side trip to Aktun Chen, which is an area that has some local wildlife and a cave/cenote. We did not dive the area - we only took a tour of the cave.

The wildlife we viewed was mainly snakes and some larger animals like monkeys and some deer. We also saw a large cat similar to an Ocelot but smaller. All of the animals we saw came from the surrounding jungle, which also hosts larger animals such as a Jaguar.

Some of the snakes are extremely poisonous, like the Fer de Lance and a few pit vipers. For this reason, we we told to stay on all of the paths.

The cave was OK, although it seemed dryer than most others I have been in. At the end of the cave tour, we viewed a cenote that was backlit.

A sign in the parking area that warned you The monkey Joe, who hung around the front office area Here I am with my friend Joe the Spider Monkey
A sign in the parking area that warned you The monkey Joe, who hung around the front office area Here I am with my friend Joe the Spider Monkey
One of the various snakes from the jungle A view of some stalgtites in the cave A lot of roots were grown down into the cave
One of the various snakes from the jungle A view of some stalgtites in the cave A lot of roots were grown down into the cave
A fossil of a Conch shell embedded in the rock Some brain coral left their fossilized mark too Some
A fossil of a Conch shell embedded in the rock Some brain coral left their fossilized mark too Some "cave bacon" or "elephant ears"
Some columns broken by a previous earthquake Stalgtites reflect into the cenote Three bats in one of the cave rooms
Some columns broken by a previous earthquake Stalgtites reflect into the cenote Three bats in one of the cave rooms