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Much of the Yucatan peninsula is limestone, which is perfect for the formation of caves. The caves of Lol Tún (in Mayan, "lol tún" means "flower stone") in NW Yucatan are the largest in the region, and were sacred to the local people, who used to go there for meditation. There is evidence that the caves have been in use for at least 7,000 years (see the WS).

When the Spanish came, a number of Mayans and other local groups hid out there, and the Spanish only found them after torturing some captured locals, who then revealed the location.

These columns are fused stalactites (from the top) and stalagmites (from the bottom). Once they joined together like this, they gradually became hollowed out. If you hit them with enough force (our guide did it easily; it was harder for me), they produce a tone which sounds like "lol" and "tun" (you do have to use a bit of imagination).

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