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“Great half day adventure with caves and canoes!”
Review of Barton Creek Cave

Barton Creek Cave
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Full-Day Barton Creek Cave with Optional Zipline...
Ranked #11 of 78 things to do in Cayo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 21, 2010

We just took a student group to Barton Creek Cave yesterday, and we all had an amazing time canoeing through the cave. They had more than enough canoes for our group of 30, and our guide Carlos was very knowledgeable and safety conscious too. The cave tour goes in around a kilometer, and you get to see all sorts of cave formations: stalagtites, stalagmites, cloumns, flowstone, etc.

You'll get a mini history lesson, and pick up some neat facts about Mayan culture and religion. They used to perform sacrifices in the cave, and there is a skull that you can see from around 20 feet away. All in all, it's a great half day trip!

If you get to the Barton Creek Outpost - http://www.bartoncreekoutpost.com/ - they have ice cold beers. They also have a great swimming hole with rope swings and hammocks to hang out in. If you get in at Mike's Place, be sure and take some pictures with Mango, their spider monkey.

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Reviewed February 2, 2010

On an AMC trip in 11/06 to Belize, it had been raining before we got there and the rivers were high. When we went to the Barton Caves it started raining again. The river was still swollen. Our truck died in the middle of it. We had to walk to the canoe rentals. The river was starting to show a little white water.We had 3 canoes. The one I was in tripped over from the force of the water.We were trapped between a wall of rock the the canoe pushing against us.We had to be rescued by the guides.No tour today. The river was too wild for us to get in.They got the truck out and running again but then tried again to get it back across.This time it drown.They had to use a come-along to get it out.Mennonites and hickers were coming out of the woodwork to help us.When we got it out it wouldn't run.We were on the wrong side of the river any way.We had to cross over this now raging river on a wet algae ridden rope bridge.Then our guides bummed us a ride with another group in a little Toyota king cab truck.They dropped us off at a "store" and we went in and bought every last beer they had. It was quite the adventure!Now I need to go back again and see the cave.

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Reviewed December 22, 2009

Barton Creek Cave is tough to find on your own, but you could probably do so if you asked directions. We preferred to take a tour, though, which prevented us from getting lost and gave us a chance to meet with other people. I'd suggest Eva's, as they were very friendly and offered up good information.

The trip requires several hours, maybe 90 minutes there and back. You'll travel through Belizean Amish country and get some of the background on their history in Belize and the Amish lifestyle. When we finally arrived at Barton Creek, we were taken by canoe into the cave and shown some of the features inside, including evidence of human remains. The Mayans ventured inside the cave for ceremonial purposes, but they didn't go deep into the cave. The tour goes about as far as they did, about one kilometer.

The tour company took care of the lighting, but suggested we bring bug spray (didn't need) and a bathing suit in case we wanted to swim. You might want water and a snack for the road. There is a bar at the entrance to the cave, but the beer is almost twice the price you'll pay in town. We also met Mango at the bar, who is a spider monkey and was sitting in a hammock on a leash. We're told the leash was to prevent Mango from getting into everything and destroying it. But Mango is quite friendly, likes people and wanted to be held. It is normally illegal to keep wild animals like spider monkeys in a domestic setting in Belize, but Mango is apparently the exception and is probably too tame to be out in the wild anyway.

If you're looking for a challenging cave experience, this is probably not the one for you. Barton Creek is very easy, simply a canoe trip through a cave. But it is still very interesting, and the trip through Amish country to get there adds a unique element to the experience.

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Reviewed August 24, 2009

We chose to visit Barton Creek Cave over some of the more challenging Mayan sacrificial caves as we were travelling with our 10 year old twins and knew they weren't ready for long hikes or wading through water. It was more spectacular than we expected and one of the most memorable parts of our trip to Belize. We rented a car to explore the country on our own as we like going at our own pace, the privacy and the cost savings compared to paying tour companies. You definitely need a 4 wheel drive to get around this country. The drive to the cave was extremely bumpy but enjoyable. We hired a guide, Carlos, at Mike's Place, just outside the cave. He was extremely friendly and knowledgable, we learned so much more about Mayan culture from him then we did from our guide at Tikal. We were lucky to be the only people in the cave at that time which really added to the mystical atmosphere. The boys enjoyed shining the lamps on the stalagtites, bats, skeletal remains, etc. On the way out, we all enjoyed playing with Mango the spider monkey who is quite a character. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed May 19, 2009

While in San Ignacio we spent a half day tour with a guide canoeing through Barton Creek Cave. It's a beautiful drive out to the cave, through the Belizean Amish community and then down through several citrus farms where you can see them actively harvesting the oranges (if you're there at the right time of year, of course). The cave itself is very calm, and you canoe in for about a kilometer or so. There are scattered ruins within the cave, and our guide did all of the actual canoeing. We had a very good time and enjoyed the experience.. nothing quite like turning the lights ut and experiencing a pitch-black cave on the water, but it was a much slower acitvity than most of the others we'd participated in, and for a caving experience, ATM was MUCH more exciting and memorable. A worthwhile day, and probably better for kids than something like ATM, and if you have a time the drive up through the Amish country is also enjoyable. It wasn't our favorite activity in Belize, but it was definitely a good day.

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