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Cave World Adventures (Actun Chapat)

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Cave World Adventures (Actun Chapat)

28 Reviews
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We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience?<br><br>this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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rodolfo j wrote a review Jun 2018
San Ignacio, Belize273 contributions16 helpful votes
This cave offers a very special experience of a stunning cave. This a MUST SEE EXPERIENCE for several reasons and should be at the top of your next Belize adventure list. What makes this cave the next run away attraction is its accessibility. A great new all weather road has just been built and it means that it is literally 20-30 minutes drive from San Ignacio!! The cave itself is full of beautiful ancient mayan artifacts and architecture, stunning caverns and cave formations, a spectacular entrance and the usual rock hopping fun that we associate with so many spectacular caves found in the Cayo district. However, AC is also has many very unique cave critters that are not only incredible to witness but also endemic to AC. Particular attention should be given to the sensitive nature of these fragile subterranean ecosystems!!
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Date of experience: May 2018
Sarah H wrote a review May 2018
Farmington, Utah43 contributions3 helpful votes
(Actually we visited in February of 2016, I just didn't have Tripadvisor then) This cave is on private land, and it was only us, the owner and the fabulous guide. The owner picked us up at our hotel outside of San Ignacio, picked up our guide, and we rode in the back of his truck on rugged roads through the jungle. Our guide Leo explaining the history of the area and the types of plants we were passing and their uses. We then go on a nature hike to a small open cave, with Leo continuing to point out the plants and animals. We continue to the main cave. The entrance is quite ominous and interesting. We enter the cave and spend several hours in it. I don't want to get too specific and give spoilers. We did this cave first, and then ATM. I would suggest anyone to do them in the same order. Great, most informative guide we had, private, would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: February 2018
George B wrote a review Jul 2017
Lewes, United Kingdom21 contributions6 helpful votes
Completely understand why this gets the reviews it does. We had the best time with Ken whose enthusiasm for the caves and their history really shone through. Having seen a review here from somebody who took their five year old, we decided that our six year old daughter could probably make it, and she did. There's a lot of scrambling over rocks,and a few ledges to negotiate, but nothing impossible and no really tight spaces to worry about. The cave itself is awe inspiring. To think that the Mayan civilisation extended over around three thousand years, but that even that is the blink of an eye when you consider how long those stalactites took to form. To have lunch (yes, those reviews of Ken's wife's burritos are accurate) on an almost lunar landscape beside an ancient sacrificial table was a unique experience. But oddly not spooky at all. We would thoroughly recommend this experience. Ken was a fantastic host.
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Date of experience: July 2017
Ellmmo wrote a review Jun 2017
Washington104 contributions9 helpful votes
We loved Actun Chapat!! The owner of the land/caves, Ken, will take you on a private tour. He was easy to access via email and responded quickly. He also confirmed the reservation closer to the date. We drove to his office about 8 miles from San Ignacio, but he could potentially pick ppl up staying nearby. We arrived early around 8:30 and took off from there. (Otherwise, we were scheduled to leave around 9.) Note: coming from San Ignacio, the office is just before the ferry crossing for the Xunantunich ruins on the other side of the road. There is room to leave your car at Ken's office and a bathroom, if you need it. Ken drove us to the cave in his rustic Landrover. The road was an adventure in itself. Super bumpy and uneven (sometimes I felt we were perched perpendicular to the road,) but Ken maneuvered in the Landrover like a pro. We never felt unsafe with him. Once on his land, you are given a water bottle and then hike a short distance (maybe ten minutes) before seeing the entrance to one cave. The trail continues through a second short, neighboring cave. Ken rattles off facts about the caves throughout the walk as well as pointing out some plants (all spice tree, cinnamon tree, poison wood tree, etc.) and giving everyone a chance to eat termites. There is another ten minute walk before reaching the entry to Actun Chapat. Ken provides helmets and headlamps for the cave. Actun Chapat is massive. It goes on for miles in different directions. There are parts of it that are unexplored because of it. He gave us a lot of freedom to explore and take our time while still guiding us through and describing highlights. The cave has various caverns that are all quite different.... The height, the width, the flooring, and the formations all varied. After a short time of hiking through, the headlamps are 100% necessary. Otherwise, it is total darkness. Throughout the entire cave-trek, we saw countless pottery fragments, some insects and bats. The trek ends at a cavern with a skylight. It's there that Ken opens the lunch his wife made for everyone (still hot in an insulated pack that he carried in.) The burritos were yummy and needed fuel for the return trip out. Back at the car, Ken offers another beverage of your choice to rehydrate. We were back in the town and at our car around 3. Note: You have to be physically fit to get in and out. One has to climp up and down cave openings consistently. While we were there, the ground was a bit slippery in some parts. I was a little sore the next day, although hubby was fine. I am thankful I wore pants (instead of shorts,) but Ken wore shorts and was fine. Also, you need a daypack with you to carry your water, a snack if you need one before lunch, and maybe some bug spray. No sunblock necessary as your mostly under the jungle canopy or in the cave. The daypack also gives you a place to clip your helmet to during the non-cave hike. Again, I definitely loved this adventure and would recommend it. It was incredibly interesting and unique.
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Date of experience: June 2017
SunRoseLioness wrote a review Aug 2016
San Ignacio, Belize151 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a very long day adventure. Lots of hiking but the cave is huge! Not much pottery to see, but it was beautiful to be lost inside this huge ceremonial cave, with the only the light of our headlamps to guide us. Makes you wonder how the ancient Mayan did it! :)
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Date of experience: July 2016