Belize Caving Expeditions

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"Join the Adventure"
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Creole, English, Spanish
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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 in 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 re-known Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave.
 
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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 up hill for a mile on 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 border line 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 neighbouring Melchor de Mencos (Guatemala). Just being here and appreciating this view makes it totally worth the effort!
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San Ignacio Town
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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.
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 being ... moreon 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 up hill for a mile on 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!
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San Ignacio Town
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Journey to the ancient Maya ruins of Xunantunich on a horse for a closer experience with nature and appreciate the wonders of our rainforest, flora, and fauna. This experience begins ... moreon the outskirts of Succotz village 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. Then heading on to the Maya site of Xunantunich, one of the most popular sites in Belize; where you will learn of its importance in Maya history. At the top of the highest temple, you'll behold a spectacular view, miles of the rainforest as well you will spot the border town of Benque Viejo (Belize) and neighboring Melchor de Mencos (Guatemala).
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San Ignacio Town
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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 in the time of a once great and flourishing civilization. View stellae, ball-court, elite residential palaces, sacred altar for blood-letting rituals and 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.
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San Ignacio Town
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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 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.
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San Ignacio Town
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 into cave chambers, where you will see ceramic pieces and beautiful geological formation. The adventure ends floating downstream through the jungles of Belize; back at the starting point.
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San Ignacio Town
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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!
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San Ignacio Town
A great tour combination for the adventurous traveler would be the Barton Creek and Big Rock tour. 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.
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San Ignacio Town
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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 an 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 in 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 of several temples; Temple I 150 ft. high, temple II 120 ft. high, the double-headed serpent (temple IV) is the tallest structure in Tikal being 212 ft. high. Due to the importance and the magnificent combination of natural and archaeological remains, it was declared a heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Experience wildlife and jungle surrounding the temples, 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.
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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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!
Review for Half Day Barton Creek Cave Tour
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Amazing Tour
Our tour guide was very informative, and we just love every minute. Horses were super nice as well.
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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! :)
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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!
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Luis M
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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