North of Cobán and the southern Petén crossroads

About 100 km northeast of Cobán is
Sebol
, reached via
Chisec
, www.visitchisec.com, with information on the Grutas de Candelaria and Laguna Lachuá) and unappealing
Raxrujá
. From here roads go north to Sayaxché and east to Modesto Méndez via Fray Bartolomé de las Casas. West of Raxrujá are the
Grutas de Candelaria
, an extensive cavern system with stalagmites. Tubing is available. Take the road to Raxrujá and look for the Candelaria Camposanto village at Km 310 between Chisec and Raxrujá or look for a sign saying 'Escuela de Autogestión Muqbilbe' and enter here to get to the caves and eco-hotel. Camping is possible. Both points of access offer activities for visitors. North of Raxrujá is the Maya site of
Cancuén
, www.puertamundomaya.com
. Ten kilometres east of Sebol, and 15 minutes by bus, is
Fray Bartolomé de las Casas
, a town that is just a stop-off for travellers on the long run between Poptún and Cobán or Sayaxché. A road (that is nearly all tarmacked) links Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Sebol and Sayaxché via Raxrujá. The scenery is beautiful with luscious palms, solitary sheer-sided hills and thatched-roofed homes.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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