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“Awesome experience”
Review of Barton Creek Cave

Barton Creek Cave
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Full-Day Barton Creek Cave with Optional Zipline, Butterfly Farm Or Big Rock...
Ranked #13 of 70 things to do in Cayo
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Awesome experience”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Floating through the cave was a wonderful experience. It was very relaxing (as we didn't even have to row, Alex our amazing guide did all the work) the cave itself is very beautiful and our guide was very knowledgeable, pointing out Mayan artifacts and a skull. After going through the ATM cave the day before this cave was easy but still pretty awesome.. We didn't plan ahead, we just showed up and Alex was there waiting to give us a tour, which was awesome as we came in the off season. The ATM cave is a completely different experience, more of an adventure but I still wouldn't miss Barton Creek and I plan on coming back to Belize and coming to this cave again! We came early in October and we were the only people in the cave which made it very eerie and very awesome! There were a lot of bats but that just added to the experience and I could easily imagine the Mayans floating through as well.

Visited October 2013
Thank Carrie W
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Los Angeles, California
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“Fascinating, Beautiful Cave”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Perhaps not as "well known" as the ATM Cave, I think Barton Creek is beautiful and interesting in its own way, and should not be missed. Although it does not contain many Mayan ruins (although our tour guide was able to point out a piece of skull and shards of pottery as we floated by), the cave is eerily beautiful, and is worth seeing. My fiance and I had the opportunity to visit the cave during the off-season, so we were the only people in the cave during our entire ride. We also visited after several days of rain, which stirred up a lot of bats inside the cave. It was actually pretty awesome, floating down the empty river with all the bats flying overhead, as our tour guide told us how the Mayans would use the cave in their rituals.

While this tour may frighten some young children, especially if you visit during the rainy season - as we were told the rain is what stirred up all the bats - it is a really unique tour, and the cave is incredibly beautiful. This is something definitely worth seeing.

*Quick note - some have mentioned this as well, but the only negative that I found here were that the required life jackets were absolutely revolting - smelled terrible and covered in mildew/mold. Would recommend bringing your own, if at all possible.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank Alex L
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We took a horse ride (M.E.T) to Barton Creek so we could have an afternoon in the cave. The guide (Carlos) was interesting & clearly knew his cave! He could answer whatever we asked. The cave is a "wet" one which means a trip by canoe- this means you can't access the Mayan ceremonial areas, but the cave is quite atmospheric anyway. It is unlit but we were given 3 torches (triple redundancy) which was just as well as one went out. We were the only canoe in the cave, so really got the atmosphere- we saw 2 canoes leaving the cave as we arrived by horse. Don't know how representative this is as we went in "low season". You can also bathe in the pool at the entrance. A good cave for all ages. We had a packed lunch provided by the hotel, but you could buy food/ drink there.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank chaletaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“don't take your finger off the trigger....”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Our guide from Pooks Hill Lodge took us on our adventure here and I am very glad they did. Pooks hill provided our own life jackets which I greatly appreciated because the ones at Barton creek looked real dirty....

The cave is beautiful on the inside, and it is just a great experience to canoe through a cave. Very interesting...

I say keep your finger on the trigger because Barton Creek provides you with spotlights....Two out of the three of ours died, when the last person pulled their finger off their trigger we were left in the dark for 5 minutes before we could get the light back on....

but other than that it was great :)

Visited May 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Great start to an adventure”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

The location of Barton Creek left us in awe every morning. It was like living in the jungle, bathing in the creek and only having few supplies, electricity only a few times a day. It was the perfect place to slip away from reality. Although the drive there was very long, we had heard it was a drive but we were not expecting that distance and also the sun went down on our way so we were driving in the dark, we were not sure if we were going to make it to our destination!
The only downfall was the expense of the meals and the activities they had available. I would suggest to bring snacks/ meals of your own because although the meals they provide are delicious they were a little pricey. Also one time for lunch (them knowing we did not have food of our own) they set up lunch for their family and did not ask if we were eating, then when we came up because we saw lunch was served they said "oh, your hungry?" and of course got us some food but it was a little awkward. Also they had a book of some day hikes to caves and such but they were really expensive - $40/pp? it was ridiculous to charge that much for a day hike. My boyfriend and I were budget conscious back packers so we did not sign up for anything.
But on another not there was lots of beautiful forest around that you could walk through (they said there was a path, that we tried but got a little lost so we turned back) and there are miles of orange trees so we picked oranges and made orange juice!
All in all, beautiful unique place to check out and relax for a day or two but gets a little boring by day 3 we were itching to leave!

Visited June 2012
1 Thank leta k
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