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Barton Creek Cave

Upper Barton Creek, Belize
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Ranked #8 of 36 attractions in Cayo
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Kayaking
Owner description: Canoe deep into the Mayan Mountains and see the incredible formations that took nature millions of years to make .This cave was listed this year as... more » Owner description: Canoe deep into the Mayan Mountains and see the incredible formations that took nature millions of years to make .This cave was listed this year as one of the of the world's most beautiful and unusual cave destinations by Mother Nature Network. Outside the cave swim in the pools, lay on the sandy beach, climb the bamboo ladder and dive from the rock cliffs in the pools at cave entrance . Ride the zip line down from the top of the cave to the entrance that the Maya believed was the portal to the underworld used by there rain god. « less
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We went canoeing through the Barton Creek Cave with Edgar. He took us deep into the cave, showed us mayan sacrificial artifacts and victim remains, talked about the cave and its inhabitants. We were enchanted by the glittering walls, crystal-like dripping formations, the soaring cathedral ceilings hidden in darkness. The cave was vast, mysterious and quiet. At each turn we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Must visit this cave via canoe, which was not my favorite, but it is a pretty cool site. Saw ENORMOUS scorpion spider while passing close to rock at entrance - happy made it out without spider incident!

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Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
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29 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Combined this with zip lining at Calico Jacks. This cave is beautiful. The water leading in, coming out, the formations, and even the bats!

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Buellton
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is one of the most wonderful places I've been. The Canoe trip into the cave is magical, almost spiritual at times. The formations change as you pass them by, lit only by your light carried in your canoe. You need a certified guide to go with you. This protects the cave, and your guide will point out artifacts you... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This place has it all, cave canoeing, zip lining and a swimming hole to cool off after the adventure.

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Knysna, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is an experience one cannot miss. We went from Ka'ana hotel with a resident guide Andy to Barton Creek. The caves have high vaulted ceilings and the canoeing is easy and very leisurely. You see evidence of Mayan use and we heard from Andy how significant these caves were to the Mayans. It did not take too much imagination... More

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We chose this cave because we could canoe into it. Additionally I'm a little claustrophobic and this cave is pretty open. It's wide, and the canoes have pretty bright lights. It is a really beautiful cave with stalactites and stalagmites. There are Mayan artifacts in the cave, so I recommend going with a certified guide who can give you the... More

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New Hamburg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I absolutely loved this adventure!! Canoeing in the caves, swimming at the mouth of the caves afterwards... one of the highlights of our trip for sure!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Great little canoe tour into caves. Easy and enjoyable, great for families with kids and for all of you who like caves. You enjoy this natural wonder while slowly navigate thru its peaceful waters. Some areas are so low you almost hit your head and the tour stops, unfortunately, when it become really low. http://youtu.be/rq7-doUmTgg

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Green Bay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This was an easy paddle into a flooded cave that afforded an eerie but very interesting look at the Mayan's use of the place. Not for the skittish or claustrophobic, but one goes in with lights and a guide, so you won't get into trouble.

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