Actun Chapat is one of the wildest cave adventures you will find in Belize. It is remote and an intimate adventure with nature above and below ground. ( note many of the other cave tours in this area are so over booked you will find your self elbow to elbow with 50 other travelers or in cave that is totally fake with planted or arranged artifacts) Not with Ken and his Sun tours. This is the real deal. You start your trip with ride in a Landover for about 30 minutes past farms and ultimately deep into the jungle. I have been on this tour many times and have seen Monkeys, Coatimundis and Basilisk on the drive in. The next part of the trip is a 30 minute hike to the caves, part of the hike includes a cave tunnel called Halal, very photogenic and an important cave to the Mayans. Of note is a roost of false vampire bats, a rare bat that is huge and feeds on birds and fish. I have seen them nearly every time I have been there. The final destination is Chapat cave. Chapat cave is just giant to describe in one word. Just inside the entrance you encounter a balcony with nice decorations then you end up in what I called the hall, At the end of this room was a Mayan walled tomb. You then have to do a moderate climb to the upper level of the cave. Once on top you reach a massive hallway of dried mud, one corner held parts of a human skull, nearby also was an alter and a unique Mayan carving on a cave formation. then dead ahead became darkness like you never have seen. You enter the big room which is like being on a lunar dune. The biology is wild with giant spiders, pseudo scorpions "Amblypygi , " blind colorless crabs, and albino catfish in the lake. There are also many rare bat species including the ghost face bat. Nothing to worry about though, just very interesting to the explorer.
Ken new of many archeo artifacts that would have normally walked past that he pointed out. This included pottery, Metates and formations made into ritual sites. Careful examinations showed you how active the Mayans were in these caves. Another moderate climb took us to my favorite part of the cave, an upper vertical entrance. An adjacent room was full of cave curtains and a rare splatter formation was also found here. The breeze was nice at the upper entrance and birds who flew in, had trouble getting out. It takes the good part of the day to see the caves. They are still exploring the deeper passages and one day hope to see these mystery spots in the cave. Ken said one lake dried up and at the bottom was stone tools and another skeleton. For the real adventurer this is the cave trip for you. Its not a rubber float tube with 600 other tourists, its your group and the best of Belize' nature above and below ground and all to yourself. I am an avid cave enthusiast and this trip even satisfied my desires for cave adventure.
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