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Barton Creek Cave

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Barton Creek Cave

313 Reviews
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Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
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Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio

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Explore the world of the ancient Maya on a combo tour in Belize with included transportation from San Ignacio. Your tour takes you from the heights of ceremonial temples to the depths of the Maya underworld on a cave tubing adventure. Climb pyramids and palaces on a guided tour of the Xunantunich archaeological site, and float through glittering caverns along an underground river. Sample modern Belizean culture with included lunch.
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Canadian Travelers wrote a review Apr 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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iandebc wrote a review Mar 2020
Edmonton, Canada43 contributions19 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Shell h wrote a review Mar 2020
Davis, California55 contributions8 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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DaMama4 wrote a review Mar 2020
Camrose, Canada400 contributions73 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Hank49er wrote a review Feb 2020
Darien, Connecticut7 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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