Barton Creek Cave Canoe Tour
Take this tour into depths of the mysterious and enchanting Barton Creek Cave. Barton Creek flows through the cave, allowing you to paddle through its interior. This tour also introduces you to some interesting archeological remains.
up to 14 days in advance
- Duration: 3 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 8:00 AM, 1:00 PM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 14 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
As you paddle, your guide will point out Maya artifacts, including ceremonial pottery. This complex cave system was considered sacred by the Maya, which is why you’ll also see the bones of sacrifice victims. In Maya lore, caves served as entrances to the underworld, which is why they served as burial grounds.
This cave complex is fairly massive, and the chambers have extremely high ceilings. Besides the history of the Maya, your guide can also share some interesting details about the cave’s natural history. It’s surrounded by jungle growth, making the trip to the cave scenic as well.
Attraction VisitedBarton Creek Cave
Barton Creek Cave is one of the most fascinating wet caves in Belize. A tour of Barton Creek Cave involves gently paddling a two-man canoe across the cave’s still water, guided only by headlamps that light up the intricate stalactites and stalagmites that make up the limestone walls. It is one of the few wet caves in Belize where exploring doesn’t require swimming or tubing. Please note that the cave ceiling is quite low in places, and all visitors should be comfortable in dark.
What to Bring
Comfortable attire, comfortable shoes, and bug spray. A waterproof camera recommended.
Tour guide, equipment, water, transportation, and entrance fees.
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So beautiful and perfectly creepy. We were the only people there and it felt like we were in the middle of the jungle alone. Ours kids are 5 and 7 so this was the perfect alternative to the cave tubing which would have been too scary for the little one. Our guide was great and we really enjoyed the whole day.
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