|Location:||About 3km south of Poptún. Microbuses from Flores.|
River Cave: Adults Q70.
Ixobel Cave: Adults Q25.
Echoing Cave: Adults Q20.
River Cave: D=120min..
Ixobel Cave: D=120min..
Echoing Cave: D=120min..
|Address:||Finca Ixobel Hotel Ecologico, Guest House and Camping, Poptun Peten, Guatemala, Central America, Tel: +502-410-4307, +502-892-3188, Fax: +502-927-8590. E-mail:|
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|1971||Michael Devine and his wife Carole moved to Poptun and opened the farm.|
Finca Ixobel Hotel Ecológico is a phantastic idea for soft tourism, as it is a working farm which is also a guesthouse and campground. Visitors can just relax in the beautiful landscape or use some of the offered activities, which include sport, especially swimming, inner tubing, and spelunking. There are numerous caves inside the limestone hills, which belong to the Maya Mountains. Three of the caves are guided in spelunking tours.
La cueva del río (River Cave) is said to be the most exciting tour, because of the underground river with rapids and waterfalls. The participants should be able to swim. La cueva Ixobel (Ixobel Cave) is a mostly dry cave with some rimstone pools. It is notable for its formation, stalagmites, stalagmites and of course the pools. This cave is 45mins walk from the farm. La cueva del eco (Echoing Cave) is the smallest of the three caves, notable for its secluded chambers with speleothems. It is only 25mins walk from the farm.
All this caves are not developed, so visitors must have a torch, good walking shoes and and a little physical fitness. Although most visitors tend to go into River cave with bathing suits, which is possible because of the rather high temperature, the cave has sharp-edged rocks and it is better to wear appropriate clothes. The caves do not belong to Finca Ixobel, so it is possible to visit them with other guides and also on your own, but it is much recommended to use the professional offers of the finca ("farm"), which is run by Carole DeVine, an American woman who settled here 30 years ago.