Caving

Cave Tubing

26Jun

Upon arrival at the Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve, you will be equipped with inner tube, life vest, and head lamp.  You then hike down a trail to the river’s edge.  Your guide will brief you along the way, as you go on a very pleasant and comfortable hike through this pristine broad-leaf rain forest.  At the entrance of the cave, your guide once again briefs you and down stream you go, sitting quite comfortably on your inner tube.  Inside the caves, you will see stalagmites, stalactites and occasionally get a quick sighting of harmless fruit or fish bats.  At the exit of the cave, there’s a delightful down-river float in the open air, through mild rapids, past colorful rain forest and limestone cliffs.

At last, at the end of your cave tubing adventure, dry off and head back to San Pedro with a lovely boat ride back through the Caribbean.

Park fee of $5.00 USD is not included.

Canoeing Barton Creek Cave (Full Day)

31Jul

Near St. Ignacio in the Cayo District is the world famous Barton Creek Cave.  Paddle your canoe along an ancient Mayan waterway and through Barton Creek Cave, one of the largest caves in the world estimated at more than 4.5 miles long and up to 100 feet high.

Enjoy the sights as you pass between stalactites, while your guide points out ancient Mayan artifacts, including skulls of victims of sacrifice. This Belize cave is a world-class attraction, especially with its high ceilings, unique rock flows, and cathedral chambers.

You may have walked through a cave, but here in Belize, the more adventurous can explore one of the largest caves in the world in a canoe.

*Includes: Round trip by boat, full guided tour, entrance fees, tax, and lunch.   Departs at 7:00am and returns at 5:30pm.  Bring hiking shoes or sandals.  Additional US $25.00 per person for travel by plane.

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (Full Day)

24Jul

From the reef to the rainforest, your day begins with a flight over to the mainland where breakfast will be served, and then you will travel down the Western Highway and off through a feeder road at Teakettle Village, entering the rich jungle. There, you will gear up for a 45 minute jungle hike through the dense subtropical forest.  Along the way, you will most likely run into some of Belize’s amazing wildlife such as Tapir (the Belize national animal), Howler Monkey, Silky Anteater, and White Tail Deer just to name a few.

And then you reach the entrance of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM).

 

When you arrive at base camp, which is used by the BVAR Archaeological Group, lunch will be served followed by a briefing on the cave. After gearing up with professional cave helmets, lights and water proof bags, you will explore this ancient cave.  Dive into the cave’s entrance and swim through the refreshing and crystal clear cave water into passages filled with jaw-dropping formations.  Guides will educate you about Cave Geology, Mayan Rituals and Ceremonies, and even explore the remnants left and evidence of their activities from centuries ago.  You may discover sacred Mayan fossils, and you just may scream, like you’re living an Indiana Jones movie.

 

Warning!  This tour is not for children afraid of the dark!

 

Remember to bring a change of clothes, water shoes, bug repellent, socks and camera are recommended.

 

Trip includes: Flights, breakfast, guides, lunch , park fees, water, sodas and beer.

2 person minimum.

Xunantunich Ruin & Cave Tubing (Full Day)

18Jul

The ruins of Xunantunich are impressive and remarkable.  About 40 km from the Tikal complex in Guatemala, Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center for the ancient Maya.  From its perch on a natural limestone ridge, visitors enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding area.  From the top, you can see Guatemala.

And though the center is only one square kilometre, Xunantunich is home to 25 temples and palaces, including the second tallest Mayan structure in Belize, the pyramid El Castillo.  The site was the first in Belize opened to the public in 1954, and now it has a world renown on-site museum.

After exploring Xunantunich, you will then travel to jaguar Paw, where you will have an experience people are calling “Magnificent”, “Awesome”, “Amazingly beautiful!”, and “Belizean nature at its best!”

After a short hike through the exotic rainforest, enter an exciting realm where rivers disappear into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to lead the way.  Glide past entrances from above, filtering mists of jungle light as you float through underground river caves sparkling with mica-studded stalactites and stalagmites, filled with 1,000 year old pottery shards, statues of fertility gods, and Mayan footprints.  Continue past an underground waterfall leading into the Crystal Cathedral, a spiritual place used by the ancient Maya.

Includes round trip by boat, tour guides, and lunch. The park fee of $10.00 US is not included.

Minimum 2 persons.