Crystal Cave

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Located in the Blue hole National Park, Crystal Cave, also known as Mountain Cow Cave, is considered one of the top 10 crystal caves in the world. The trek through the jungle path leading to the cave entrance will be through a portion of Belize’s vast Broad Leaf Forest. The hiking is considered moderate with some small slopes and generally takes approximately 50 minutes.

Arriving at the cave entrance, the excitement begins as you start our journey into “Xibalba”,  tactically around columns and crystalline formations as you enter through a narrow, and at times-steeply descending pathway.  Once inside the main cave, you will find yourself surrounded by an amazing crystal cave that was used by ancient Maya shamans (priests) for ritual ceremonies that were performed thousands of years ago. Fire pits, exposing the ashes of ancient fires; charcoal pieces; beads; obsidian knives; ceramics & broken pottery; a human skeleton – calcified in the limestone floor- all evidence of the flourishing ancient Maya civilization.

The spectacular crystal formations that cover the floors, walls and ceiling which are all calcite are everywhere- creating a brilliant splash of nearly blinding intensity. The formations- created centuries before are astounding.

Note that you must be relatively fit for strenuous activities and be prepared for a long hike to do this tour.
Most tours include transportation, licensed guide, entrance fees, and lunch. Check with your tour provider for details.
 
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$
125
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
It's a great 7 hours tour to get in touch with nature and to discover the secrets of the great Mayan world. You will hike through the lush green rainforest, float through the beautiful ... morecave system on your tubing in the clear river.
$
150
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$
175
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
The steep downward walk that takes you to these caverns takes around one hour. Then, at the mouth of the cave, you’ll follow the same footpaths the Maya shamans and priests once traveled ... moreto reach these ceremonial chambers.

Along the way, you’ll marvel at all the Maya artifacts, including pottery, beads, and obsidian knives – even human skeletons that have been calcified in the limestone floor dating back 2,000 years.
$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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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 ... moreheart 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 the ancient culture as the Mayas considered caves to be a 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 the option of finishing off with a refreshing swim in the cool waters of the inland Blue Hole.
$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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Crystal Cave Tour Locally known as the Mountain Cow Cave, this stunning, other-worldly Crystal Cave is located deep in the jungle, in the heart of the Blue Hole National Park, along ... morewith the scenic Hummingbird Highway. We leave San Ignacio in the morning and head towards Belmopan, we pass the capital city and proceed along the scenic Hummingbird Highway, crossing green mountains, passing fragrant orange orchards, pineapple plantations, and rainforest-draped valleys along the way. The Blue Hole National Park is a picturesque and easily accessible protected area managed by the Belize Audubon Society. 

After a 50 minute hike through the tropical forest, we reach the cave entrance, where we rappel 15 feet into the cavernous entrance to the cave. We will traverse through the large chambers of the cave, sliding down mud ramps and scrambling along rocks. This is a challenging descent into Xibalba, the Mayan realm of the underworld. Your guide will show you the shimmering formations in the cave, along with artifacts and the skeletal remains of sacrificial victims from the time of the ancient Maya. We will witness the remnants of the past as we discover centuries-old fire pits, wall carvings, pottery and other relics, as well as impressive crystal formations and stalactites and stalagmites.

This tour is physically demanding but well worth the effort as we walk in the footsteps of the Mayan ritual leaders and see the evidence of their ceremonies with our own eyes. After our cave exploration, you can take time to eat a hearty homemade lunch, enjoy a refreshing soft drink and swim in the vibrant waters of the Blue Hole, an inland cenote (a deep sinkhole which is filled with rain and spring water). Come to feel the thrill!
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