Cave Exploration in Belize

Belize's ancient Mayans believed that caves served as an entrance to the underworld. Many of Belize's caves contain ceramics and human remains. Some are wet caves, with a river or a creek that flows through the subterranean complex. In addition to exploring the caves, you'll also get to go canoeing or tubing.

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Cave Tubing & The Belize Zoo, Belize
Cave Tubing & The Belize ZooBelize City

Cave tubing and a visit to the Belize Zoo will bring you face-to-face with Belize’s incredible outdoors. First you’ll visit the Belize City Zoo, which is known for its rehabilitation programs for endangered animals. Then you’ll head to the Caves Branch River, where you will ride on an inner tube through the ancient caves of the Maya

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Cave Exploration
Species Exhibits
Tubing
Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal CavesBelize City

Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is the doorway to Xibalba, the Maya underworld. This cave contains ceramics and human skeletons that have fused with the walls of the cave. The most famous of these remains is the Crystal Maiden, a skeleton of a young woman believed to have been a sacrifice. Her bones are now partially covered with the sparkling build-up of cave sediment.

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Archeology
Cave Exploration
St. Herman's Cave & Blue Hole National Park, Belize
St. Herman's Cave & Blue Hole National ParkSan Ignacio

This 6-hour tour takes you two of Belize’s most interesting inland nature attractions – St. Herman’s Cave and the Inland Blue Hole. In addition to sightseeing, you’ll also get in some hiking through the forest and a swim in one of Belize’s prettiest swimming holes.To reach these spots, you’ll make your way through a lively jungle, where you’ll have the chance to see a huge variety of birds. Keep in mind that this hike is on the more challenging side, so make sure you’re ready for an active day.

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Cave Exploration
Naturalist Guide
Airboat and Crystal Cave Adventure, Belize
Airboat and Crystal Cave AdventureAmbergris Caye

This aquatic tour will take you down the most interesting waterways of St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. Your will begin with an airboat ride through the park’s wetlands, where your guide will point out some colorful local wildlife. Then you will visit the Crystal Cave, which you can enter only with the help of a guide.

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Cave Exploration
Mangrove Tours
Naturalist Guide
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich Maya Temples, Belize
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich Maya TemplesBelize City

This tour will bring you to the top of a Maya temple, and then to the entrance of the Maya underworld. The temple is inside the Maya city of Xunantunich, which is located near the border of Guatemala. Its name translates to “Maiden of the Rock.” After you ascend the walls of its temple, you’ll continue the tour to the Cave Branch River, where you’ll follow the river into a series of caves that had intense spiritual significance for the Maya.

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Archeology
Cave Exploration
Guided Tours
Ruins
Cave Tubing and Zip-Lining, Belize
Cave Tubing and Zip-LiningAmbergris Caye

This is an adventurous tour of the jungles of central Belize. You’ll see the treetops on a zip-line ride and the depths of the caves in an inner tube.

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Cave Exploration
Tubing
Zip Lines
Cave Tubing and Xunantunich Maya Ruin, Belize
Cave Tubing and Xunantunich Maya RuinAmbergris Caye

We begin by making our way to the mainland & up the Belize River. Along the way as we serve breakfast keep an eye out to spot crocodiles, iguanas & possibly manatees.

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Archeology
Cave Exploration
Ruins
Tubing
Barton Creek Cave Canoe Tour, Belize
Barton Creek Cave Canoe TourSan Ignacio

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.

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Cave Exploration
Kayaking
Naturalist Guide
Cave Tubing & Zip Lining, Belize
Cave Tubing & Zip LiningPlacencia

Take this adventurous tour to combine zip lining and cave tubing, so you can get the most out of Belize’s lush inland rainforest. Neither of these activities require any experience, but they do offer a lot of excitement. That being said, this tour is best suited for travelers who are prepared for moderate physical demands.

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Tubing
Zip Lines
Xunantunich and Barton Creek Cave Tour, Belize
Xunantunich and Barton Creek Cave TourBelize City

On this tour, you’ll get to see two very different Maya sites. The first, Xuanantinuch, is the ruins of a compact but impressive Maya city. Here visitors can stroll around multiple plazas and temples. At the nearby Barton Creek Cave, you’ll see a cave that served as an entrance to Xibalba, the Maya underworld.

Archeology
Cave Exploration
Kayaking
Naturalist Guide
Ruins
Cave Tubing & Inland Blue Hole, Belize
Cave Tubing & Inland Blue HolePlacencia

On this tour, you'll float on inner tubes through the caves and eventually end up at one of Belize's most beautiful swimming holes — the Blue Hole of St Herman's Blue Hole National Park. The waters are a bright shade of blue and surrounded by an incredible variety of bird life.

Cave Exploration
Naturalist Guide
Actun Tunichil Muknal Tour, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal TourSan Ignacio

Actun Tunichil Muknal is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya world of Belize, named after a sacrificial chamber deep within the ATM Cave. This wet cave is located within the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve in the Cayo district.

Cave Exploration
Naturalist Guide
Black Hole Drop Adventure, Belize
Black Hole Drop AdventureAmbergris Caye

For this tour you will hike through the forested foothills of the Maya Mountains to a brink overlooking a river. From there you will descend into the Actun Loch Tunich sinkhole.

Cave Exploration
Rappel
Actun Tunichil Muknal Caving, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal CavingSan Ignacio

Take an off the beaten path look at one of Belize’s top Mayan attractions. Swim across the creek and under the jungle overgrowth to see the Actun Tunichil Muknal. It is one of the most interesting Maya sites in the world, and a has a chamber where you can see the crystalized, skeletal remains of a teenage sacrifice victim.

Cave Exploration
Naturalist Guide
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal CaveAmbergris Caye

In the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave you get to explore both a natural wonder and an archaeological goldmine. ATM is a wet cave that the Maya believed served as an entrance to the underworld. They used it for ceremonial purposes, and left plenty of evidence behind.

Archeology
Cave Exploration
Naturalist Guide
Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo, Belize
Cave Tubing and Belize ZooAmbergris Caye

This tour introduces you to Belize’s wildlife. You’ll explore jungle rivers and take an educational trip to the Belize Zoo.

Cave Exploration
Species Exhibits
Tubing
Cave Tubing in Actun Tunichil Muknal , Belize
Cave Tubing in Actun Tunichil Muknal San Ignacio

This is an all-day, seven-hour tour that takes you to one of the most famous Maya sites in Belize. The Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave is a fascinating cave that preserves the remains of Maya culture. It’s best known for the skeleton of a sacrificial victim – a young woman whose remains have lain in the cave for over 1,000 years. Over time, the bones have formed a layer of crystallized minerals, which has led to her nickname, “the Crystal Maiden.”

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Cave Exploration
Ruins
Tubing
Pontoon on the Vaca Lake, Belize
Pontoon on the Vaca LakeSan Ignacio

This tour takes place on a pontoon boat called La Capitana, on a man-made reservoir of the Macal River. Macal River makes its way through the Cayo District, which has large swaths of wild jungle.

Boat Tours
Cave Exploration
Nature Walk
Cave Tubing & Zipride at Caves Branch Outpost, Belize
Cave Tubing & Zipride at Caves Branch OutpostBelize City

In the Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Reserve, the winding Caves Branch River flows underground through ancient caves, once traveled through and even inhabited by the Maya. Just an hour from Belize City and a half hour from Belmopan is The Outpost, a well-stocked base camp for cave tubing and zipline-riding in the midst of this history-rich area.

Cave Exploration
Tubing
Zip Lines
Cave tubing, Belize
Cave tubingSan Ignacio

On this tour you will get to go tubing on a river that flows through a network of more than 30 caves. These caves have crystalized columns, vaulted ceilings, and Maya artifacts.

Cave Exploration
Tubing




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