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“No Belize trip would be complete without it!!!”
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Crystal Cave
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Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park Day Trip from San Ignacio
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Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park
Ranked #4 of 23 things to do in Belmopan
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Vancouver, Canada
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65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“No Belize trip would be complete without it!!!”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

Like scuba diving the Blue Hole, no trip to Belize would be complete without scampering down the depths of the Crystal Cave complex but make sure you go "all the way" to the end - it gets more challenging the deeper down you go thanks the gods the guides know what they are doing! You need to be reasonably physically fit, definitely not overweight, and have good physical body flexibility to be able to do things like the corkscrew manoeuver to get through some of the passages and definitely not afraid of tight spaces. Otherwise the reward is to go 180 meters into the bowels of the earth in what is otherwise total darkness but the actual Crystal Cave is utterly amazing and the guides are very knowledgeable. Bring a ruggedized waterproof camera with a good wide angle lens and it must have flash to take photos. Wear only clothes that you don't care to get extremely dirty and ripped from sliding on the rocks (but clothes are cheap in Belize) and bring two pairs of socks since they make you leave your shoes behind to enter the actual Crystal Cave chamber. Only downside is the tourist box lunch that the tour company provided is nothing to write home about! Cost of the activity is US$80 booked in the town of San Ignacio about a 4 hour "chicken bus" ride inland from the capital city of Belize City. Make sure you take that selfie or group photo of yourself covered in orange mud when you come back out! LOL

Visited August 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Awesome day ziplining and cave tubing. Recommend for anyone willing to take a trip off the beach and explore Belize's interior land. Must be willing to climb stairs--a lot--to enter cave, so if you're limited on mobility, this isn't the trip for you.

Visited March 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Must for the Active Traveller”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

After our excellent trip to Caracol Ruins, our guide, Diego recommend we change our ATM cave visit to Crystal cave. 1) ATM was pretty flooded out 2) Crystal cave was a "10" difficulty while ATM is an "8" 3) Great jungle hike to get there 4) Intense. We were in!
Diego is a guide with Rumors Resort and some others I think, and I couldn't recommend him more highly. He was incredibly knowledgeable and really knows how to drive a 4wd! It's fun!
So Crystal Cave starts with a muddy and adventurers hike. Once you get to the cave it is daunting. You will get really muddy, climb, scale and see things that are mind blowing. There are Mayan remains and items there... it's fascinating to think people went into this place with no lights and just fire! Also make sure to turn all lights off and experience true darkness! We picnicked at the mouth of the cave before our trek back.

Visited February 2014
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Crystal Cave is a must for every visit to Belize”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Visiting San Ignacio after a long period of tropical rains, we found out that many of the sites we wanted to see were closed because either the bridges were washed away, or roads were impassable, or water levels were too high to do ATM caves or cave tubing. We stumbled upon “Mayanwalks tours” on Burns Ave. and were quickly talked into taking their “Crystal Cave” tour. The cave had opened for tours just 5 years ago. Tour books of 2012 don’t even list it as a major attraction. However, it turned out an experience of a lifetime! The cave itself is amazing! We have seen many of them all over the world. This one beats them all! Ask for Diego as your guide. Most likely, you’ll have him, because not many people are licensed to take groups inside. You can’t visit it alone. When you get inside, you’ll realize why it is. The spelunking is very strenuous. Keep it in mind. We visited the cave after and during a heavy rain. This made a 45 min jungle hike to the cave a very slippery adventure on its own. This combination of overcoming obstacles while exploring the cave and the beauty of it made this tour so unforgettable. A swim in Blue Hole afterwards could be a separate tour, but it’s included as a clear bonus. Diego is very intelligent, athletic, mindful of his clients’ different needs, knowledgeable, and with nice sense of humor. You can feel his love for the job he does

Visited December 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great Alternative to ATM”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

The tour we booked with Pacz for ATM was cancelled due to all of the rain, so we had to find a quick alternative, and chose Crystal Cave. We were very happy we did! This was adventurous, interesting, and a lot of fun! A 45 minute hike to the cave entrance, followed by climbing down into the cave using a rope, and then a long crawl, walk, squeeze, slide through the cave. There were lots of interesting Mayan artifacts to see, including a skull, and the cave was beautiful! We also got to visit the inland blue hole, right next door, on our visit and that was neat. We went the tour company MAX's, and had Diego for our guide. Diego was fantastic and we would highly recommend him for this tour or any of the other tours in the area!

Visited December 2013
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