Belize Caving Expeditions

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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 tours; 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.
 
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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This tour will take you from the Maya temple to the entrance of the Mayan underworld. The adventure starts at the popular Mayan site of Xunantunich; just getting there is an adventure ... moreof its own. After touring the temples, we drive to No’och Che’ en Cave, where you will start off on an easy hike through the jungle to your starting point. As you sit back and enjoy tubing downstream, you will be floating through a series of remarkable limestone caves, each filled with fascinating discoveries of the Mayan underworld. There is also an opportunity to leave your tubes behind and go exploring cave chambers, where you will see ceramic pieces and beautiful geological formations. The adventure ends floating downstream through the jungles of Belize; back at the starting point.
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Welcome to the gateway of the Mayan Underworld. Actun Tunichil Muknal (cave of the stone sepulchre) is commonly referred to as ATM Cave. Located near San Ignacio, Cayo District, it ... moreis one of the most impressive Maya ceremonial caves containing rare bloodletting altars used in sacrifices by Maya royalty, and where calcified skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware have been found. The best known as “The Crystal Maiden”, the intact skeleton of a teenage girl, whose bones have been calcified over the years to a sparkling crystallized appearance

The hike to the cave entrance through the lush Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve requires visitors to swim to the mouth of the cave and then wade through ankle to chest high water and once inside the magnificent cave, the exploration begins. The tour requires climbing and swimming as well as crawling through small spaces. The cave is extensively decorated with cave formations in the upper passages, a labyrinth of dry chambers which lead to the cathedral-like main hall, a towering chamber 350 meters in length and 50 meters wide, and filled with artifacts and sacrificial remains. Visitors remove shoes and explore the cave in socks only, to protect the artifacts on the cave floor. After this, another climb takes you to the stone sepulchre (after which the cave is named) where the Crystal Maiden lies. Photography is now disallowed inside the cave unless special permits are obtained.

This is an extraordinary Belize adventure and a rare opportunity to see ancient Maya ceremonial sites and altars as they were and virtually untouched for centuries. A visit to this site is truly profound and unforgettable. After this memorable adventure, we hike back to our vehicles and sit to enjoy a local lunch before heading back to San Ignacio.
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Located in the village of San Jose Succotz, Xunantunich "maiden of the rock", is one of the most popular sites in Belize. We start off at the Mopan River where we cross the river via ... morea hand-cranked ferry and ride uphill for a mile on a paved road. This was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period. The center is composed of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. The site is a late classic period 600 AD to 900 AD which also was the borderline influence of El Naranjo- a large ceremonial site over in Guatemala. The large pyramid, “El Castillo”, is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire temple. El Castillo rises l30 feet above the main plaza; is the second tallest structure in Belize and offers an impressive panoramic view of the Mopan River valley, the border town of Benque Viejo (Belize), and neighboring Melchor de Mencos (Guatemala). Just being here and appreciating this view makes it totally worth the effort!
Type of Tour/Activity:
Mayan Ruins and Archaeological Sites
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
No
 (1)
Recommended
This tour starts with us driving through the small Mennonite community of Upper Barton Creek where you will have a glimpse of their traditional daily life. Once at the site, we start ... moreoff by paddling through and exploring the mystical Barton Creek cave, an ancient site used by the Mayans for burial and ceremonial purposes. The jade-colored water runs for 4 miles inside the caves surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. A tour of Barton Creek 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. You will also discover rock flows and cathedral chambers while observing Mayan pottery shards and the bone remains of more than 28 humans dating back to 200 CE. This is an amazing experience everyone will remember.
Type of Tour/Activity:
Jungle and Rainforest Adventures
Gold Certified:
No
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This is an amazing tour that combines single track, double track, and the Maya site of Xunantunich. The challenge starts at the outskirts of San Jose Succotz Village; this portion ... moreis on a single track and is the most rugged part of the ride. We pedal on this hilly terrain dodging tree branches and jumping tree roots. This part of the ride is a bit more technical and rugged; especially when going downhill-staying on the bike is a challenge. After this, we move to a feeder road; a double-track ride in a more open area where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the mountains around the area. The ride continues through the open pasture and through a semi-deciduous forest. to the beautiful river bank where a picturesque single track leads us to the village of San Jose Succotz. Here we cross the Mopan River on a ferry and ride uphill for a mile on a paved road to the Maya Site of Xunantunich, which has the second tallest structure in Belize “El Castillo”. The view from atop is magnificent and worth the effort!
Type of Tour/Activity:
Mayan Ruins and Archaeological Sites
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
No
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Journey to the ancient Maya ruins of Buena Vista on a horse for a closer experience with nature and to appreciate the wonders of our rainforest, flora, and fauna. This experience begins ... morein the Savana area enjoying the views riding along the banks of the Mopan River, you'd be lucky enough to spot the Howler Monkeys jumping from limb to limb and witness their powerful howl. You get to ride on Jungle trails heading to the different Plazas. where you will learn of its importance in Maya history. Depending on the water level you get to ride in the river. After the ride, we will drive 10 minutes to the site of Xunantunich. At the top of the highest temple, you'll behold a spectacular view, and miles of rainforest as well you will spot the border town of Benque Viejo (Belize) and neighboring Melchor de Mencos (Guatemala).
Type of Tour/Activity:
Jungle and Rainforest Adventures
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
No
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For an exciting combination of Xunantunich and water sports, try our kayaking and Xunantunich tour! This adventure starts at the impressive site of Xunantunich, which means “maiden ... moreof the rock” in Maya. This site takes you back to the time of a once great and flourishing civilization. View stellae, ball court, elite residential palaces, a sacred altar for blood-letting rituals, and a ceremonial courtyard. Climb to the top of El Castillo which is 130 ft and enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque landscape below. After learning about the magnificent Maya history, it's time for the adrenalin rush-gliding down the rapids of the Mopan River on your sit-on-top kayaks. The challenge is to stay on top of the kayak as you ride down while at the same time enjoying nature in this particular area.
Type of Tour/Activity:
Water Sports
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
No
This adventure takes place along the Mopan River in San Jose Succotz Village, which was once considered a Mayan village, established in the eighteen hundreds. Crossing the Mopan River ... moreon a hand crank ferry followed by a mile drive to Xunantunich archeological site where you will learn how this was once a great and flourishing civilization. Thereafter, the fun and excitement begin by floating on your tube on one of the only rivers that have retained its name since the time of the Mayas the “Mopan River”. This floating adventure takes at least three hours downstream, part of the float is mellow but the rapids make the adventure more exciting. The rapids are point five-just enough to kick in some adrenaline.
Type of Tour/Activity:
Mayan Ruins and Archaeological Sites
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
No
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This tour will take you from the Maya temple to the entrance of the Mayan underworld. The adventure starts at the popular Mayan site of Xunantunich; just getting there is an adventure ... moreof its own. After touring the temples, we drive to No’och Che’ en Cave, where you will start off on an easy hike through the jungle to your starting point. As you sit back and enjoy tubing downstream, you will be floating through a series of remarkable limestone caves, each filled with fascinating discoveries of the Mayan underworld. There is also an opportunity to leave your tubes behind and go exploring cave chambers, where you will see ceramic pieces and beautiful geological formations. The adventure ends floating downstream through the jungles of Belize; back at the starting point.
Type of Tour/Activity:
Mayan Ruins and Archaeological Sites
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
Yes
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Fun and excitement for everyone guaranteed! To enhance your cave tubing adventure, add the thrill of gliding through the Belizean rainforest canopy in this exciting and exhilarating ... moretour. Take in the views of the Belizean jungle as you cross over the lush rainforest and glistening river. After the adrenalin rush cools off in the crystal clear refreshing waters of the Caves Branch River. This part of the tour is easy and relaxing. A short hike through the jungle leads you to a beautiful swimming pool located at the entrance of two caves. Here you can swim at leisure before starting the float down the river while viewing spectacular cave systems which the Mayas regarded as a sacred underworld where rituals and ceremonies took place to their many powerful gods who called this home. An exciting adventure everyone can enjoy!
Type of Tour/Activity:
Mayan Ruins and Archaeological Sites
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
No
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A great tour combination for the adventurous traveler would be the Barton Creek and Big Rock tours. After enjoying the mystical tour of the underworld in a canoe; we prepare for an ... morehour-and-a-half drive on the Mountain Pine Ridge road to Big Rock Falls. This impressive waterfall is the most beautiful in the area, it is 100 ft high boasting a deep emerald pool filled with spring water perfect for swimming, or for the more adventurous; cliff jumping. The tremendous view of water rushing over giant granite rock and plummeting into the perfectly round pool at its base provides a rush of excitement. outcroppings. The footpath to the falls is a 20-minute hike and involves some moderately challenging climbing down to the valley below.
Type of Tour/Activity:
Jungle and Rainforest Adventures
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
No
 (1)
When in the area, visiting Tikal is a “must-do” because of its importance, beauty, and transcendence. Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, Tikal is now the most famous cultural ... moreand natural preserve and archeological site in Guatemala and one of the most-visited sets of Mayan ruins in all of Latin America. It is the largest excavated site on the American continent containing some of the most fascinating archeological remains of the ancient Maya civilization. Here, you will be amazed to see how the Maya civilization built inspiring temples and cities that formed a complex of religious, social, and political power; revealing a culture of an ancient civilization that is still practiced amongst the Mayas in Guatemala today, with the exception of bloodletting rituals or human sacrifices. Tikal is estimated to have over 3,000 structures including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, causeways, and reservoirs. The great plaza comprises several temples; Temple I is 150 ft. high, temple II is 120 ft. high, and the double-headed serpent (temple IV) is the tallest structure in Tikal at 212 ft. high. Due to the importance and magnificent combination of natural and archaeological remains, it was declared a heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Experience the wildlife and jungle surrounding the temples, and witness the howler monkeys and their powerful howl while they keep watch over their home. This personal encounter with the lost world shall be a truly unforgettable experience.
Type of Tour/Activity:
Mayan Ruins and Archaeological Sites
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Gold Certified:
No
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Cayo Adventure Tours is a local Belize Tour Operator and Destination Management Company, guided by Christian principles, and focused on providing excellent service. Our main office ... moreis located on Bella Vista Street, in San Ignacio, Cayo. Our management team is headed by owners Michael and Maria Simmons who were born and raised right here in good old San Ignacio and have been involved in the Belize travel industry for more than twenty years.

As one of Cayo’s leading Tour and Travel Company, our specialty is arranging and providing travelers with the most exciting and enjoyable inland adventure tours Belize has to offer. Our area of expertise is mainly in jungle and river based adventures encompassing all of the ancient Maya civilizations in the region, the exciting caves of Cayo, the national parks/nature reserves of Belize, and our invigorating rivers and waterfalls.

Our team of naturalist guides have been leading tours into the Belizean rainforest for years and are proficient in Mayan archaeology, caving expeditions, jungle trekking, canoeing, and birding. We also partner with the best in the business to provide diving, snorkeling and other adventure water sports in our beautiful turquoise waters along the Great Barrier Reef, the longest barrier reef in the Americas. We like to think of ourselves as more of a family than a company. Our friendly and personable services, our promptness and reliability in the reservations process, our clean and comfortable vehicles, and our proficiency in the field are what make us stand out.
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Excellent
Exactly as described. Excellent and fun guide, wonderful trip!
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Cave tubing and zipline
We started our day with the zipline, we had a great group (two of us, and three others) they made us feel safe and saw beautiful veiws of the jungle! But it was the cave tubing that was the highlight for us! Our guide, Leo was absolutely amazing!! The hike to the caves was full of jokes, and he shared a lot of knowledge about the history of the Mayan people, the flora and fauna, and the cave system! ... more When we got the the entrance of the cave we were able to jump in the water from rocks, and swim a bit before getting on the tunes. This was needed after the hike in! Then we got relax as we floated through the cave, seeing formations, and even got to hop out of our tunes for another chance to jump into the water from rocks in the cave! 10/10 would go again!
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Just brilliant!
We took our three young children (8, 6 and 3 years old) who had never been caving before. The walk to the cave was a flat, easy 45 min walk with 3 river crossings which were fun. The cave itself was incredible! A lot of water to swim or wade through to reach the artefacts and some narrow spaces to squeeze through. It was very challenging for the kids putting them well outside their comfort zones. ... more The guide was excellent helping the kids through the trickier parts. But the kids were triumphant and had the best day. Definitely the best day we have had in. Belize and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Belize.
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Leo is the Best! Great Tours!
We toured the Xunantunich and the Cave Tubing with Leo and it was an absolute blast!! He was so informative of the history and culture and very accommodating to us. We got lucky with a private tour and even got to see an extra cave! Definitely recommend this company and this tour. Worth every penny! Lunch was delicious too!
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Amazing tour
We were quite many groups to leave for the cave but as the cave is twisted you don't really get to meet the other groups, except maybe when returning back. It's a beautiful experience, just need to mention ahead that's it's not for claustrophobic people nor people afraid of heights, or afraid of water that can't swim. Be aware that the poor level of fitness of some people (nothing is checked beforehand ... more may slow down the entire group but it's not a competition anyway. It's just a pity one can't take pictures anymore and that even the organisers can't take any for you. You really wish to keep a memory of that experience and grandiose cave. The lunch exiting the cave is quite generous and the team is doing all they can to serve you.
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Fun Experience
Marlin was absolutely a perfect guide. He is knowledgeable. At the ruins and the caves. Funny. Interactive. He works his tail off for you. We were a small group of 4, plus Marlin. We ended up exchanging numbers at the end as we all felt like family. Highly recommended. I am sure you can see the sites "cheaper". But you get what you pay for. Or don't. Well worth it to book.
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Highlight of our trip
Marlon was amazing! We were a group of 12 with a wide range of ages 4-60+. He accommodated all of our needs with humor and patience. Marlon was a wealth of information and so gracious with all of our questions. Sharing his culture’s history was the most interesting and informative educational experience I’ve had. When it was time for our cave tubing we picked up another guide, Jose, whom was just ... more as patient and informative. The incredible amount of work they both did was mind blowing. Their energy never waned. From pick up at 8am to drop off that evening, Marlon was the best guide and human to spend the day with. The quality of this tour was worth every penny.
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ATM Cave Tour
The cave was amazing and the whole experience was made even better by our tour guide Patrick Warrior! He was amazing and extremely knowledgable! Lunch was delish! I highly recommend this tour!
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One of best experiences ever!
Our tour guide Marlon was punctual, friendly, very helpful, extremely knowledgeable, kind, safety conscious, and very accommodating! I can’t say enough nice things about him. We did Xunantunich in the morning and beat the crowds, then on to Nooch Che’en cave tubing and exploring. DON’T SKIP THE EXPLORING PART! It was a bit of Indiana Jones adventure mixed with relaxing tubing in a breathtaking landscape! ... more If we make it back to Belize we will do it again and will request Marlon.
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Perfect day!
We met at central location and had nice van ride to Nohoch Che’en cave system! Area very beautiful and clean with bathrooms and changing stations! Our guide Jose led us on a jungle hike to the cave entrance. He gave is so much information about the different plants and critters we saw. He was very knowledgeable and I learned a ton! He let us explore a smaller cave where we spotted swallows and tiny ... more insect bats before leading us to the large cave for tubing! The tubing was relaxing, safe and fun and once again we learned a ton about the caves, the area and some Mayan history! We were allowed to swim a couple spots before returning hungry to authentic Belize lunch and rum punch! Everything about this day was perfect! Ps I lost my expensive glasses and they went out of their way to get them back to me! Service above and beyond!
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Amazing Experience!
We also were with Rafael who is so knowledgeable having the Archeological background on the cave as well. We loved the challenging experience of working our way in and out of the cave both water and rock scrambling. Some of the most amazing stalactites. The Mayan artifacts and interpretation of what may have been happening at that time was fascinating, this is where Rafael shone! Great Balizian meal ... more at the end. Highly recommend this adventure.
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100% worth every penny
Our ATM tour with Raffael was absolutely incredible. He’s an archaeologist who has extensive knowledge about this cave system, as well as the Mayan rituals and practices associated with it. It was incredibly interesting, and the tour itself was perfect. It was just challenging and physical enough (about 7km in total from start to finish), and a great length (about 4 hours total). The lunch after was ... more a traditional Belizian meal and the shuttles to and from were on time. The whole experience was seamless and SO enjoyable. We were in water for way longer than I expected, but it was totally refreshing and added to the experience. The $30 water shoes I bought for the hike were surprisingly great. Overall, fabulous experience.
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Incredible!
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.
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An amazing experience!
This was the most amazing tour we have ever been on. Miguel was so kind, great with our kids (especially our high energy five year old) and super knowledgeable! We cannot recommend this tour enough it is great for the whole family and it made our entire trip unforgettable.!
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Perfect First Day!
We did this full day excursion on our first day in Belize. What a great adventure day! I am both afraid of heights and generally claustrophobic, so I expected the day to be a big stretch for me. I am so grateful I did this, and felt I was in great care the entire time. Cisco was funny, shared a lot of knowledge, was always watching out to make sure that everyone was safe (there was an 8yo on this ... more tour and he was so good with her), answered questions, and encouraged us every step (and float) of the adventure. I concur with others statements that we got a longer and more interesting experience than other outfits out there that day. The zip-lining guides were efficient, calm, encouraging and it was so fun!
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An amazing adventure!
After researching different cave tubing guides, we chose this one from the reviews and we are SO glad we did! The longer hike was well worth it and our guides were amazing! We were able to go through two more caves than most other tours, jump off an extra cliff and spend more time swimming and learning about the formation of the caves and the Mayan history. The lunch provided was also amazing!
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Perfect Day!
When it's 100ish degrees in Belize, where better to spend a day than in an inner tube, floating down crystal clear water and through cool dark caves!? Selwin picked us up at our accommodation, and lead us through a wonderful day! AND set us up with a lovely lunch and rum punch at the end!! Great day, great guide... So happy to be here! ~Terry & Robert
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Cave tubing
Must do experience for everyone!! Will not find anything like it. Great to beat the heat. Leo, our guide, was awesome!!
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Great experience
We had an amazing experience with this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and fun! It is a once in a lifetime experience and we 100% recommend it.
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It was an amazing experience, my family and I really enjoyed the tour
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ATM CAVE
Great experience. Patrick was an excellent guide. No nonsense, but great sense of humor. The lunch was great and our driver super courteous. They were kind enough to pick us up at our Airbnb on the outskirts of town.
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Great way to spend the day!
We ended up being the only two on the tour so it had a great private feel. Bryton was a wonderful guide. His knowledge about the Mayan ruins really made them come alive in our minds. He knew every inch of the caves and took us to areas that are rarely explored by other guides. So much so that we were the last people there at the end of the day. We had a great time and will definitely book with this ... more company again.
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Fantastic Day!
This company made this excursion convenient, fun and memorable! Getting picked up right at our hotel in San Ignacio was +++! Xunantunich, lunch, cave tubing, learning about what we were seeing and where we were traveling was fun. Jahir was super nice, patient, accommodating and attentive. This is a great company to go with!
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For real tho, the only choice for cave tubing!!
We did the ziplining and cave tubing combo all in one day. The first hour or so is spent zipping through the canopy of the jungle and is pretty exhilarating. The last two lines pass over the crystal clear water of the cave branch river which was pretty sweet to see. The cave tubing was way more fun and adventurous than I had anticipated. Cisco brought us on the 30-40 minute hike to the beautiful cave ... more entrance where we swam and relaxed for a half hour or so. The water was beautifully clear and the fish swimming around us were entertaining. We also enjoyed watching the cave and tree swallows flying in and out of the huge cave opening. We rafted up together in our tubes and floated through the caves as Cisco pointed out different features, stalactites and stalagmites, explained the process by which they were formed, discussed the flooding during hurricanes, and answered any questions we had on the area. The caves are so awesome. We docked our tubes at one spot to explore the cave for a bit. In one of the large caverns, Alejandro (Cisco’s companion and guide in training) and I jumped from some 6-8 foot ledges into the water. It was wicked. After that we navigated through some small passageways, ducking under iron oxide laden stalactites. We swam around inside the cave before returning to our tubes to resume the journey down stream. The river continued through the mountain cave for quite a while before opening up into the lush Belizean jungle. Cisco navigated the rest of our way down the lazy river. In addition to all of this Cisco packed us a delicious lunch of chicken thighs, rice and beans, and coleslaw, as well as rum punch and other drinks. 10/10 highly recommended using this company. I just would not do this tour with anyone else after having this experience. Cisco is an awesome tour guide and we all loved him.
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ATM Cave Tour
I will never miss this experience ! Everything has already started wonderfully: Ben and his buddy picked me up at the hostel and it was a super fun car ride. We collected all the remaining visitors. I had my tour with Ben. Best Guide ! His humor and incredible knowledge about the cave, as well as plants and animals made this experience unforgettable ! I would always book this tour with you again. ... more Thanks for everything you 2 🌻 Annika * And the food: Unbelievably delicious! Just like the rum punch!
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ATM Cave Tour
To say that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour would be an understatement and we feel that our guide, Patrick, made it very special with his breadth of knowledge and constant humour, referring to me as “a jolly good fellow”! He definitely has a sixth sense as he realised I was unwell even though I denied it and kept an eye on me throughout the tour. I would recommend this tour to anyone as ... more it really is an adventure with a very real sense of witnessing history when you arrive in the caverns where the human sacrifices were carried out. A must see if you are in Belize.
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Best Day Ever!
We had the pleasure of being guided by the lovely Giselle. She honestly made our day that much better with her interesting folk stories, historical information, and friendly personality. We were picked up at our hotel and made our way to Xunantunich where she answered all of our questions and took her time showing us everything the site had to offer. We all felt safe and comfortable during the cave ... more tubing experience and had a great time in the water. By the end of the day, we felt like Giselle was one of us. We gained a local friend and an amazing experience/memory of some of the best Belize has to offer. 10/10 would recommend.
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Amazing Experience
The Cave Tubing was an Amazing Experience. Jahir is a great Guide He was very knowledgeable about the history and the fauna on the jungle trek to the caves. He was also very funny. The tubing and swimming in the Cave was just Wonderful. Jahir explained lot’s features in the cave we had the opportunity to jump in the deep pools which looked fun. The caves were so tranquil and enjoyable. Then after ... more we had a delicious lunch with Rum punch. Well worth every penny. Would definitely do it again. Thank you. Jahir for doing a great job looking after us and keeping us safe.
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Unbeliezable
We had an incredible time with Francisco. We visited Xunantunich and cave tubing, both of which exceeded our expectations. Not to mention the awesome lunch. Cisco went above and beyond in our opinion. We also got up close and personal with a spider monkey. Cisco knew when to be at each location before the cruise ship visitors arrived. His knowledge of the Mayan culture, ruins and the flora and fauna ... more was fantastic. Highly recommend this tour.
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The only choice for cave tubing
We organized a cave tubing and ziplining day through this website and even without having tried the other tours I can certifiably say this is the best one. The ziplines are a shared structure between different companies so that isnt unique BUT their cave tubing tour! None of the other groups started where we did and they all stopped sooner in the cave system then we did, we watched them do it. We ... more even got to go to a 1500 yr maya ritual site in the caves that STILL HAD POTTERY SHARDS ON THE GROUND YOU COULD HOLD. If you dont know alot about archeology this is incredibly rare, Do NOT organize cave tubing with someone else or ull pay the same price for half the experience. Special shout out to our guides Jose and Brighton they were knowledgeable, fun, and funny. Whatever youre paying them double it.
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One of our Belize Highlights!
We had the best time on this excursion!! The beginning tour of Xunantunich was informative and fun, with our tour guide Cisco as the absolute best. He answered every question with humor, honesty, and kindness. When it started to pour, we did a literal rain check and went inside for a lunch, but by the time we came out it was beautiful again. The river kayaking could not have been more fun. We saw ... more incredible wildlife from iguanas to bats, and Cisco pointed out everything. He helped when a few of our group fell into the water, which was funny much more than it was dangerous with Cisco's help. We also used a rope swing and went through rapids. Overall, the experience could not have been any better and I could not recommend this any more!!
Review for River Kayaking & Xunantunich Combo
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Just what we wanted
We had one day left in Belize and wanted to go to Barton Creek Cave and Big Rocks Falls. I knew both were in the Pine Ridge Mountain area, but there were no available rental cars and we couldn't find a taxi who would take us there. I was feeling a bit dejected when we found this excursion, which was absolutely perfect. The cave is beautiful and peaceful, a nice contrast to the ATM cave, which was ... more a physical adventure. And the falls offered a nice opportunity to get in the water and cool off. It was a perfect day, and Leo was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and personable.
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Very thorough and so much fun!
Cisco was a fantastic tour guide! He was so friendly and knowledgeable. The ride was very comfortable and convenient. We enjoyed learning about the leaf cutter ants, water vines, and other plants and animals along the hike to the river. The caves were amazing to experience! Again, we were so impressed with Cisco. He shared many stories and related what we were experiencing to natural science and Mayan ... more history! So, so cool!
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Awesome cave tubing adventure!
My wife and I were on our honeymoon in Belize and booked the cave tubing adventure. We had a little "out of the ordinary" trip as we booked this on a transition day from San Ignacio down to San Pedro, but the company and our guide were very accommodating and helpful to still make it happen. Selwyn was our guide - he did a great job having us follow him out to the location and then explaining little ... more details along the hike out to the river. Once in the water he did a great job explaining things within the cave systems, helping make sure we didn't crash into any rock walls and overall just making the day great! Definitely would recommend him and this company to anyone looking to adventure here!
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Highly Recommend the Zipline and Cave tubing
My husband and I did a combination Zipline and Cave tubing. All I can remember about the Zipline was the two guides were extremely nice. Our guide ( Leo ) for the cave tubing was simply amazing. He delighted us with a wealth of information from the Maya, the history of Belize and the plants in the rainforest. He was just so knowledgeable I would have paid just to listen to him share everything he ... more knew. The cave tubing was by far the best tour we did. Thank you Leo, you rock my man.
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Kayaking, canoeing, biking
Super good guides.
Review for Mountain Biking & Xunantunich
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Out of the world experience! Do not miss this adventure.
If you want your adrenaline pumped up, do the ziplining. If you want to feel a shiver on your body, do the cave tubing. Both were awesome. Cisco, out guide, was simply great - friendly, helpful, funny. He shared so many stories and history about the caves. Amazing experience.
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UnBelizeable Time with Francisco!!!
Our trip to Xunantunich and Cave Tubing exceeded my expectations. There were 6 of us on the tour and Francisco did an incredible job ensuring that all of us were comfortable and having a good time. He was so knowledgeable about the area and shared so many things we would have never known if we just visited these places on our own. The lunch was amazing and we even had howler monkeys as lunch guests!! ... more The cave tubing adventure was by far the best part. The walk through the jungle and the float down the River were magical and Francisco took us into places in the caves that took my breath away! I would absolutely do this tour again (with Francisco) and highly recommend it!! On a very important note….you truly do need bug spray! Those mosquitoes 🦟 are no joke and we paid dearly!
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Ask for Gabriel
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Our tour guide Gabriel went above and beyond anything we've experienced. It was our fortune to experience caving through his passion for cave spelunking. I will never forget this spelunking!!
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Incredible
Our guide was very knowledgeable. Not only on the cave, but with plants and animals in the way in a well! Also, thank you to Edwin for picking us up!!! The food at the end was delicious, and well deserved after that journey. Not suitable for the faint of heart! You are in water most of the time, and scrambling around sharp rocks. The water wasn't too cold for us, and the air in the cave was very comfortable. ... more May be cold for some. Thank you to everyone involved! 💚 Be sure to say hello to the wolf spider waiting for you at the entrance.
Review for Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Tour
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Spectacular tour and Amazing guide
We booked the Half Day Barton Creek expedition with Belize Caving Expeditions through Belizing.com. The communication was prompt.Our guide picked us up on time. The drive to the cave is quite the ride. The road is bad but the scenery makes up for it and "almost" makes you forget the bumps.Our guide pointed all the fruit trees and different kinds of flowers/plants. He was very knowledgeable of the ... more country. When we arrived at the cave, he finalized the arrangements and paddled during the whole trip. He was giving all kinds of interesting information on the formation of caves, Mayan history. The only thing we had to do is open our eyes and immerse ourselves in this tour. Because of his license, we were allowed to go further in than the regular tour, which means we had to lay down in the canoe to get on the other side. Quite the experience. At one point, we turned off all our headlights and wow. After the tour, we had some fruits and rum punch.I wish I would remember the name of our guide because he was amazing. Thank you.
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Barton Cave
We really enjoyed our tour. This company has a cave licence so they can go further than other tour companies. Our guide paddled the canoe as he explained both the cultural Mayan significance (as well as pointing out the artifacts) and the geological formations. Very well done and worth every minute!
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Amazing Tour
Our tour guide was very informative, and we just love every minute. Horses were super nice as well.
Review for Adventure Horseback riding & Xunantunich Combo
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Awesome Adventure!
Fun easy trek through the jungle to the cave. We were honestly underwhelmed by the hike, but then we got to the cave. From the swim at the cave mouth through to the end, everything was Awesome. Even waiting in line for our turn at the next section of the cave was a plus because you get time to look around at the astounding caverns and rock formations. On the way out our guide led us through a few ... more optional, more clastrapobia inducing routes that were really fun and bumped up the x factor. One of the best tours any of our group have ever done. Only tip or word of caution we have is don't bother bringing a bag full of stuff, you won't get to bring it in the cave. They don't even want you to use bug repellant.
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Highly Recommend
My brothers and I absolutely LOVED this trip! Our guide, Leo, was so wonderful and shared a wealth of knowledge about the area, it's history, and was very intentional in the way he presented it all. It was a day packed with adventure and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
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First time cave tubing and it was awesome
I had never been cave tubing below so I was super excited to go on this tour. It was an amazing experience!! The guys from Caving expeditions were very professional and helpful! :)
Review for Cave Tubing at Nohoch Che'en Cave
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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.
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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
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Super fun!
This trip was exciting! I'm glad I got the opportunity to share this experience with your amazing guides, who ensured that we stayed safe throughout the kayaking journey! With that said, amazing staff and amazing tour! Thanks!
Review for River Kayaking & Xunantunich Combo
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Hi Luis, Great to hear our team made such a great impression during your tour with us. They are an amazing set - they enjoy showcasing our beautiful Belize with such passion! Thanks once again. Estela
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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!
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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
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GREAT TIME!
Kayaking was super fun and exciting! I was a bit nervous at first because I don't know how to swim but Edward and his team made me feel safe and confident in my kayak. Belize Caving Expeditions did an excellent job with explaining the do's and dont's when in the river. I had an amazing time...and the best part of it is making it through all the rapids without flipping over!
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Angela W
Hi Angela, Thank you for taking the time to write on your wonderful experience. I bet you had super fun with the guys! Glad to hear Edward and the team made your day and this tour such a wonderful experience. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful team of guides that are passionate about their job and sharing our lovely country Belize and all it has to offer with our visitors. Thanks for your great ... more review and for choosing Belize Caving Expeditions when touring Belize! Estela
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A bit communication gap but wonderful service
First of all Disclaimer, the trip had some great part but also some surprises. And none of the surprises were within this service provider’s control so I will leave them to the end as suggested preps. The service provider was very honest and upfront with all the services and expenses during my inquiry period. Though there was some slight confusion on pick up location and prices but we did have it ... more all reaolved through very timely responses. The drivers from both sides of the border are professional. The guide was phenomenal in time management, knowledge to the nature and history as well as guaging the group’s energy level for breaks and refuels. Now a few tips on communication and trust: during the border crossing it was pretty chaotic with the crowd and the line. Make sure you send only one trusted member of the group to go to the “fee payment line” while the rest of the group hold spots in the actual immigration single file. This can be a very long line so the more time you can shave off here the sooner you get to the attraction. Next, after crossing the Belizean border, you will be asked to surrender your passport by the driver/guide two separate time: once at the Guatemala immigration station and then once at the National park entrance. This wasnt clearly communicated to our group beforehand and we were feeling a bit uneasy separated from our passports. Lastly on money- the lesson we learned is that have enough USD in small changes like $1, $5 and $10 bill with you if you are only visiting a day and dont need a load of Guatemala currency with you. The reason is you will need them for tipping the guide, driver if you chose to, and also to tip your servers at the restaurante where the lunch takes place. The hike and oyramid climbs can also be quite a workout that you might exhaust your water before you are done. So some small change will come in handy to buy bottle water at concession stands in the park.
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