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“Canoe into the Cave”
Review of Barton Creek Cave

Barton Creek Cave
Ranked #14 of 73 things to do in Cayo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

The ride to the Cave was an adventure in itself. The river was so high that we got out of the car and crossed an old wooden footbridge and then the cars went through the water without us. Most of us walked the rest of the way but the cars took those who needed a lift. The canoes were old but serviceable. We rowed into the caves in small groups with our guides. The cave was very large and at one point we turned our headlamps off to see how dark it really was. A Fun Day:)

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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We did a lot of sightseeing in Belize and Guatamala, cave tubing the caves was definitely one of the highlights of my whole trip.

Its a little surreal going through the huge dark cave, it looks and feels like a movie set or you are on Pirates of the Caribbean a little. Very cool and definitely worth the money!

Thank MDub1028
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We had an authentic Belizean experience with Caveman Dave and would recommend him to anyone. He is very knowledgeable about the cave and everything on the trip there'd and back, we also went to
Falls and thoroughly enjoyed it

1  Thank Jill Z
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

From our perspective, this was more of a great canoe cave than a Mayan site. For a great Mayan cave go experience ATM. If you can't do the physical nature of ATM but can canoe this is a good option. The artifacts that could be seen from the canoe (only way to experience the cave) are a skull, a whole pot and a broken pot, all up high on the walls in different areas. There is more, but it cannot be seen.

Now as a canoe cave... this place ROCKS! You go back in the cave a long long way in darkness except for the headlamp on your helmet and the spotlight in the canoe. You weave around stalactites that nearly touch the water and stalagmites rising out of the water. There are small water falls coming out of the glistening walls. Bats are roosting in the ceiling of the cave and even swooped down right past my face. We fit into areas of the cave with the expert guidance of our give Luis Godoy from Belize Nature Travel that I would never have thought we would fit. We did Calico Ziplines in the morning and the cave in the afternoon to miss the morning rush.
Check out our pictures... Teens love it!

If you are afraid of bats or claustrophobic then this may not be for you. But if you like adventure, don't care if a bat flies by, welcome the challenge of conquering dark and tight places, then this place is great! One tip, try to go with a small group, 2 canoes, 4 people. Larger groups can't experience the cave as closely (see Belize Nature Travel).

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Reviewed June 9, 2012

We booked this tour through our hotel and they listed it as an 8 am to 1 pm tour. We left right at 8 am but got back about 11:15. The canoe's seat 3. The guide sets in back and rows. My husband and I sat in the 2 other seats. I sat in front and held the light. There is a pool of water leading into a cave. The cave isn't anything special if you're expecting interesting formations. The guide pointed out the skull, but I couldn't see it. They guide also pointed out a few pieces a pottery but it wasn't very interesting. Each time it was one piece of pottery and it was far away (like on top of a ledge). I thought we would be rowing further inside the cave but after about 30 minutes we reached the turn around point (you can't go any further because the roof gets too low). Our guide was good but their wasn't that much to see. We were the first group that arrived at Barton Creek Cave that morning so we were the only ones in the cave for over 30 minutes. That was kinda cool. The only light in the cave was what was coming from the light that I was holding. The light was a little like an oversized flashlight that was hooked up to a large battery that was on the floor of the canoe.

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