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Address: Upper Barton Creek, Belize
Activities: Kayaking
Description: Canoe deep into the Mayan Mountains and see the incredible formations that...
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.
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Our guide, Hugo, made this not a trip, but an experience. One daughter with us was emphatic when planning our Belize vacation: "NO caves. Definitely NO caves. NO way; NO HOW... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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CO
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Our guide, Hugo, made this not a trip, but an experience. One daughter with us was emphatic when planning our Belize vacation: "NO caves. Definitely NO caves. NO way; NO HOW." Misunderstanding what we were to do that day, we arrived at cave entrance with invitation to get in the canoes and head for, yes--a cave. Huge stayed out of... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Canoe about a mile into a cavern filled with nice formations and history of ancient Mayan exploration and ritual sacrifice. Duck down into your canoe under low hanging stone ceilings and turn out your lights and feel like you are floating in space. Super cool and one of a kind.

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The cave itself was pretty cool, very interesting rock formations and some neat historical remains. The entire thing is by canoe, so much easier than some of the other caves for folks with less mobility. I'm just not a huge fan of things that feel like their only purpose is to entertain tourists, which is sortof how I felt here... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Toured the cave with David, located in San Ignacio. It was educational, beautiful and a bit mystical. Great tour by a man who has explored the cave for decades.

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Getting there was a trek I would not recommend on a rainy/stormy day since you have to drive across a river bed (so much fun though). But when we arrived, it was like reaching a lost paradise with nicely kept grounds that make the jungle look like a garden. We went in the cave with a couple of canoes, gently... More 

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Rockyford, Ab
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Four of us had a guided tour into the cave. The tour is taken in a canoe. No swimming required,(unless your paddlers gets a little wild)! The formations are beautiful. Amazing natural formation: the fact that you can paddle a canoe into the middle of a mountain. If you are claustrophobic or afraid of the dark, you may want to... More 

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Ealing, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Relaxing as our guide drove, rowed & told us all about the cave and its history. Having never been in a cave as deep as this on a boat I found it a bit creepy especially seeing a child's skull. It was interesting though.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Gliding through a cave in a canoe is my idea of caving. And using the high powered spotlights, we were able to take in all the beautiful rock formations--stalagmites, stalactites and a great rock bridge over the river. We turned off the light when we were far into the cave to become more aware of the sounds, too, but got... More 

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Ithaca, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Guided by Hugo Ruanos, we were brought to a different place in time as we traveled by canoe into this amazing cave. One can't help but feel the energy as you go deep into the underground cave that was such an important part of Mayan history. This trip was enlightening and relaxing at the same time. The road to the... More 

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Lake Tranquility
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

A river runs through it, not the name of a movie but the setting for this cave. To explore it, you need to take a canoe and hold a light. The light spotlighted areas giving a soft glow to the rest of the formations. A not to be missed experience.

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