spent Christmas in a cave! We went to Che Chem Ha cave and spent the morning exploring the nooks and crannies in the nine various chambers of the cave. Our guide was William Morales, the guy who accidentally discovered this cave while out hiking one day. He was very friendly and knowledgeable, and very patient with the kids.
It was unbelievable how big this cave really was and how far back into it we were able to go. There was ancient pottery scattered throughout and we were able to climb up ladders to look at caverns or pottery found up high. In places the floor was covered by a sticky clay substance that almost sucked our shoes off. And we got to see a big, blind spider that reacted to body heat through sensors that it had in it’s antennas.
Will took the time to crawl through small tunnels and climb the walls to let the kids do a little more extensive exploring and they thoroughly enjoyed that! It’s definitely a different caving experience than you get in the US, where you can’t touch anything and everything is roped off and well lit. Here when we got to the last huge cavern we all turned off our headlamps and it was so dark that you could not see your hand right in front of your face, even when it was touching your nose.
The kids had a blast exploring and it was a fun way to spend Christmas day. But by the time we made it back to the lodge, lunch time was over so we had a choice of quesadilla or quesadilla that they would cook up for us. The kids then spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and swinging from the rope swing, while I pondered how to get the ground in cave dirt out of their clothes.