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The Bizarre Tale of the Mystical Hermit of the Loltun Cave

The Bizarre Tale of the Mystical Hermit of the Loltun Cave

As we ever encroach upon the wild places of our world it seems that the golden age of adventure is for the most part over. Yet this was not always the case, and there was a time when explorers and adventurers went out into the remote places of the world to bring back incredible stories of mystery and the fantastic, perhaps even the magical. One very strange tale of such a foray into the unknown occurred with a group of explorers who ventured into one of the uncharted places of the time and came back with a rather weird story to be sure. It is a tale like something out of a pulp adventure serial, and is a refreshing reminder that many places on our planet were, are, and perhaps always will be steeped in the strange.

In Yucatan, Mexico, around 5 km (3.1 mi) south of the municipality of Oxkutzcab, lies the Loltun Cave. Its name comes from the Mayan word for “Flower Stone,” and this cave meanders for 2 km into the…

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