Barton Creek Cave

Barton Creek Cave, Cayo: Hours, Address, Barton Creek Cave Reviews: 4.5/5

Barton Creek Cave
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Cave Exploration by canoe , deep into the Maya Mountains on the Barton Creek . See where the Maya held rituals to there Gods of the underworld.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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DeVineCopy
Newport Beach, CA145 contributions
Amazing Tour - but take the Low Road to get there!
Sep 2021
Amazing experience! We drove ourselves (requires 4WD) and I HIGHLY recommend you don't take El Progresso Road - which is the steepest road in Belize. We came in that way, and left via Upper Barton Creek Road which is MUCH better (although you do have to cross two rivers, not too high.) So we got to Mike's Place and a guide was waiting to take us. As he paddled in he told us great stories about the cave itself and the Mayan activity inside. he was a great guide! Note - if you are afraid of bats I would not take this tour, as the ceiling gets pretty low at the end and they whoosh by your head. But they never touch you. This was probably our greatest experience in Belize!
Written October 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

randmlapierre
Toronto, Canada23 contributions
Nice experience
Oct 2020
Was staying at a jungle camp and had booked this side trip. A man from the camp took us there, paddled the canoe and showed us the highlights. Well worth seeing. Travelled five years ago.
Written September 29, 2021
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lily k
4 contributions
So beautiful!
Aug 2021 • Friends
Such a cool experience! The restaurant area is beautiful itself, and the cave and creek are even more amazing! We loved canoeing through the cave with our informative and fun guide. In the creek, there are cool vines to climb and swing on, and a ledge to jump off if you can climb high enough. Even though it had recently rained so the water wasn’t crystal clear, it was still beautiful!
Written August 19, 2021
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Canadian Travelers
7 contributions
Easy to find on our own with 4x4 take low road!
Mar 2020
We went out on our own with our 4x4 truck and decided to try the "high road" entrance as was closest to our resort Blancaneaux Lodge. It was quite an adventure getting there and we are used to backroads 4x4 travel. The high road through El Progresso I would not recommend particularly if its rainy season as the hill is steep steep steep and we went in dry season. Safer road in is the lower road. You have to drive through a couple creeks but no big deal if you have a 4x4 rental. Just allow yourself extra half hour to get anywhere compared to google maps. And yes print out google maps if you are exploring area on your own. We really enjoyed going when we wanted to as opposed to going with a tour group. When we arrived we asked if they would have time to squeeze us in among their other bookings and they said no problem. However the tours were low on account of covid virus just ramping up. So if its normal season, you may want to prebook. The experience is definitely well worth it as it was a unique experience with our guide paddling and us holding the flashlights. He maneuvered us along through the caves pointing out interesting features and some artifacts. No need for sunglasses inside the caves, or sunscreen - the entire adventure is in darkness of caves. Not claustrophobic though, big chambers but if you are lucky and get a private tour as we did, your guide will take you a bit further where you duck under some stalactites to go a little bit further into caves.
Written April 2, 2020
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iandebc
Edmonton, Canada43 contributions
Wonderful experience.
Mar 2020
Such a nice, peaceful way to experience these caves, paddling through in a canoe. We were fortunate that we were the only canoes on the river at the time so there were no distractions.
Written March 28, 2020
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Shell h
Davis, CA54 contributions
What a beautiful place!
Mar 2020
We were fortunate enough to hear of a guide named Fry Jack and we found his number and set up a tour. Absolutely wonderful! He taught us about the caves and the history, and he showed us wildlife after we emerged from the caves. We saw toucans and a pigmy kingfisher as well as iguana, monkeys, and other wildlife. One of our favorite experiences. And his relative makes hand carved wooden bowls he sells at the reserve that are beautiful souvenirs.
Written March 13, 2020
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DaMama4
Camrose, Canada396 contributions
It was Alright
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wanted to take in a cave tour while in the area and were not too impressed. We have visited many caves in different countries. Felt it was expensive for an hour long canoe tour through the cave. $65.00 US a person. We had a rental so drove ourselves. Took an hour from San Ignacio on the typical Belize no paved roads. The tour guide was very good at explaining the history and facts about the cave. The grounds of the cave area are beautiful and you can take in the greenery and flowers that are lush. Overall wasn’t impressed and would have maybe went to a different cave in the area.
Written March 8, 2020
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Hank49er
Darien, CT7 contributions
Beautiful cave and great overall experience!
Feb 2020 • Family
We hesitated to follow through with our booked Barton Creek tour but are so glad we did! After being underwhelmed by our cave tubing experience, we debated whether we should make the journey to Barton Creek Cave. Fortunately the Tripadvisor reviews swayed us to go. We were staying at the San Ignacio Hotel, and Mike himself (from Mike’s Place at the mouth of the cave) picked our family of five up. Mike has been in Belize for thirty years and is quite the entrepreneur. He has great stories about Belize that enlightens the casual traveler of Belize’s “Wild West” nature. The drive takes about an hour over the rough road that so many reviewers mention, although the drive is part of the experience! Then when you arrive at the cave slice, it’s actually situated on Mike’s “farm”, which is a real slice of paradise. The open-air thatched roof restaurant is kind of the gathering and hang-out area for before and after the cave experience. Mike’s guides are great and take a group at a time into the cave. Our group was made up of four canoes. One primary guide who did all the speaking. And one paddling guide. Thus two canoes had to paddle on their own, but that didn’t really matter as the cave is wide enough in most spots that all four canoes were held in place next to each other as the guides on each outer canoe slowly paddles for the group. The cave itself is AWESOME! So quite and peaceful. The ceiling is so high in most places. Beautiful structures to look at as you glide through. Much more interesting than our cave tubing cave (Nohoch Che’en Cave). And because Barton Creek Cave also served as a Mayan sacrificial sure, by the time we were done, we felt we didn’t need to go do the intense ATM experience. Total time in the cave was about an hour (45 min in and about 15 minutes to get out). My wife is quite claustrophobic and hates the idea of being in a cave. But she was fine throughout and was glad to have experienced it. After the cave we enjoyed a delicious lunch of giant quesadillas and coconut fish. Then we did their zip lines, which were a good option for those of us who only wanted to do a couple. They were long zips with the only issue being they were a little steep and require braking which is a little tricky. Overall a great experience. And Mike couldn’t have been nicer and more accommodating.
Written February 23, 2020
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Riverliver
Cleveland, OH623 contributions
Very interesting
Feb 2020
We had a fascinating glimpse into the ancient cave. There are Mayan pots and even a skull imbedded into the high rock formations. The stalactites and stalagmites were lovely. We had to paddle the canoe ourselves (or at least hubby did!) and this made it difficult to look up and enjoy the scenery while steering the canoe. We bumped into the cave walls too many times! It would have been better to have the guide with us, but he was in another canoe in our group. My suggestion: get a guide in your own canoe to paddle for you!
Written February 18, 2020
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Raroboy
Canada544 contributions
A great experience
Feb 2020
To me the drive to the cave was as much fun as the cave itself. You must have a 4x4 to access the park or come with a tour group. You can drive through the river or take another alternative road with no river crossing. The cave itself is incredible. I'm not much of a cave person as I'm a little clostiphobic and don't like crawling in tight spaces. Here you access by canoe and has very high ceiling. Only at the turning point does it get a little tight. Cave is mostly dry with no damp feeling or smell. Go to Mike's place next door to tour the cave if you came by car with no tour guide. Here is also a restaurant and bar to relax after caving and swimming. See my review of Mike's place.
Written February 6, 2020
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