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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Canoeing in a dark cave makes for a unique experience. Not nearly the Mayan finds as ATM cave but still worth it. We had a guide provided by our resort, Chaa Creek. He did a great job. We had 2 canoes for our group. Beware if you end up doing the paddling you should be reasonably skilled. You go very slowly during the trip but you'll need to stay near your group/guide and be able to stay free of the walls and the few low ceiling spots which have very sharp rocks. Just something to consider if you need more than one canoe (3 people per canoe, including guide) and have never been in a canoe.

Date of experience: January 2014
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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.

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Carrie W
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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.

Date of experience: September 2013
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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.

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank chaletaria
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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 :)

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank stormdreamer333
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