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Barton Creek Cave

Upper Barton Creek, Belize
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Ranked #9 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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Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I wanted to see a lot of caves and waterfalls but not certain whether or not it was worth the time and drive to check this one out too. ATM may be one of the best - but the uniqueness of this cave made it worth the drive. And upon leaving the cave heading towards the Mountain Pine area there... More

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Barton Creek Cave is a very relaxing outing. You'll be able to see Mayan artifacts inside the cave, a skull, a lot of great stalactites, and also a lot of bats. The trip to this cave from San Ignacio is also a really nice drive, and you'll get to take in a lot of local scenery.

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a mysterious place, and historians are still speculating on the exact usage of the cave. Go explore, and provide your own theory.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Very cool tour. Hop in a canoe, and paddle through the cave while you guide points out evidence of Mayan occupation. Amazing, majestic. Perfect tour.

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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96 reviews 96 reviews
29 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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