Crystal Cave

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Listing Type
Type of Tour/Activity
Jungle and Rainforest Adventures
Main Activity
Cave Exploration
Departs From
Start Point
San Ignacio Town
Intensity Level
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Gilroy A
Avg. Response:
1 hour
About Listing
Ancient Artifacts
Crystal Cave
National Park
Nature Trails
Subterranean Cave
Belize Gold Standard Certified -

If you are an extreme cave explorer, Crystal Cave, also known as Mountain Cow Cave, is an adventure you just can't miss during your trip to Belize! This tour is not for the faint of heart and all participants must be able-bodied and accompanied by a certified guide.  This site is located in the Blue Hole National Park which is located 12 miles southeast of Belmopan on the right side of the Hummingbird Highway. 

Caves played a very important role in ancient culture as the Mayas considered caves to be supernatural realm where their deities and ancestors resided.  Caves were the portal between the tangible human world and the invisible world of the gods, a place called Xibalba.  It was here that the ancient Mayan Shamans performed their most sacred rituals and ceremonies and this was the underground domain of their gods.

A guided exploration into this very spectacular cave system begins with a rigorous 50-minute hike on uneven jungle rainforest terrain.  Then prepare for a steep downward walk that takes you miles down to huge caverns full of dazzling crystalline rock formations, you'll follow the same footpaths the Maya Shamans and priests once traveled to reach these ceremonial chambers.  The guided tour will have participants crawling through cracks and crevices beholding spectacular cave formations, learning about its history and geology, as well as viewing ancient Mayan pottery, beads, obsidian knives, and even human skeletal remains that have been calcified in the limestone floor dating back 2,000 years.  After a thrilling experience, you have the option of finishing off with a refreshing swim in the cool waters of the inland Blue Hole.

Suitable for:
Recommended Age Range:
11 - 20, 21 - 30, 31 - 40
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Entrance fee & Tour guide
  • Water, snacks, & Lunch
  • Equipment
  • Transportation
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Comfortable hiking clothes
  • Well-threaded sneakers
  • Change of Clothes & Towel
  • Long pants is a must
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
hiking, cave exploration, swimmingfull day tour
Is Transportation provided?:
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
air conditioned mini-van
Start Time
Daily7:30 AM10 Hrs
Premium Provider
Belize Caving Expeditions is a local, Belizean owned Tour operator focused on providing the finest quality experience to our visitors. We are experts in Belize travel and adventure ... moretours; also venturing into neighboring Guatemala to visit the famous Tikal Maya site. Our team of friendly, local Belizean guides have been leading tours into the Belizean rainforest for years and are proficient in archeology, caving expedition, jungle trekking, and canoeing. We offer a wide range of tour activities to popular sites such as Caracol, Barton Creek, Crystal Cave, and our specialty tour - the world-renowned Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave.
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Gold Certified:
Service Types:
Tours | Activities
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 70% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
•A written cancellation is required in order for tour to be considered cancelled.
•A full refund will be done if tour is cancelled 30 days or more prior to tour date.
•Cancellations received 10 days prior to tour date 20% will be charged.
•Cancellations received 3 days prior to tour date 50% will be charged.
•Cancellations received 24 hours or less prior to tour date 100% will be charged(No Refund).
•In case of a no show 100% will be charged (No Refund)
3 reviews   2 comments
Was the tour accurately described on the website? In other words did it meet your expectations?
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Did you receive enough instruction to feel safe?
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We had Selwyn as our guide, and truly had an "unbelizeable" experience. We were the only group in the cave the entire day. The cave was dry, but a bit slippery. There were some spots that were a bit more technical. We are experienced climbers, so that was a great help! Selwyn always told us where to step. We felt no pressure with timing, we hiked at a comfortable pace, and Selwyn took time to explain ... more everything we were seeing. He was very knowledgeable! The cave itself is gorgeous. Zero complaints! We were extremely satisfied with the whole experience. Cooling off with a dip in the blue hole was a nice plus.
It was a truly unique experience!
I had an amazing time at Crystal Cave. The whole experience was unforgettable. Inside the cave was way more beautiful than I could have imagined (especially Wonder Land). I would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in getting an intense workout and seeing a natural wonder. However, it is important to note that it's not for everyone since the journey into the cave is very intense. But Edward ... more and the Belize Caving Expeditions team were always helpful throughout the tour and they made it fun for everyone. If you're down for an adventure, you should definitely try this tour out. P.S. The pictures you get with your camera will blow your mind and yet I think they don't do the cave justice. If you do take your camera, it is a lot of responsibility to take care of it on your way into the cave.
Derrick B
Hello Derrick, Thanks for such a wonderful review! I'm glad you had a fantastic experience at Crystal. I'll be passing along your comments to the team- I'm sure like you; they had a great time showcasing one of the many natural wonders Belize has to offer. Thanks for choosing Belize Caving Expeditions! Estela
Experience of a lifetime!
Visiting the Crystal Cave with Belize Caving Expeditions is definitely one of my highlights of 2018! The cave was beautiful and we wouldn't have had a great experience in there if it wasn't for our guides from Belize Caving Expeditions! They were extremely patient, informative and helpful with navigating down the cave. We made it all the way to Wonderland and back to the entrance - simply amazing!
Angela W
Hi Angela, Glad to hear you made it all the way to Wonderland! Crystal Cave is one of those tours that you have to pat yourself on the back once you complete the tour in its entirety. Our team of guides definitely make a huge difference in the overall tour experience, especially a tour such as Crystal; but they all love their jobs and are known for transmitting that passion and love for Belize to ... more all our visitors. Thanks for your great review and for choosing Belize Caving Expeditions! Estela