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Adventures with Belize Caving Expeditions: Day 1 - Kayaking & Mountain Biking

By Angela Wu 6/13/2018 3 minutes


For the first day, Belize Caving Expeditions took us to San Jose Succotz Village where the Mopan River flows at the banks of the George Price Highway. The Belize Caving Expeditions team parked the SUVs at the side of the road and unloaded the equipment while we got suited up with our life jackets and helmets.  I made our guides, Edward and Miguel, aware that I didn’t know how to swim. They were keen to reassure me that I was going to be safe on the kayak with the life jacket on. Edward had mentioned that the Mopan River can range from two feet to thirteen feet deep – that’s scary for someone who can’t swim! Nonetheless, Edward and Miguel made sure that I felt safe in the water.

All geared up, I was ready to hop into my kayak and start paddling down the river. But, before I could do so, Edward had to explain the dos and don’ts while on the kayaks along with some preemptive measures if our kayaks were to flip over on the rapids. After the instructions, Edward assigned me a kayak that he found was suitable for me. Being at a little over a hundred pounds and five feet five inches, I was rather small compared to his regular customers. Albeit this, he didn’t fail to find equipment that was ideal for me.


I was the first one to be pushed into the river. My kayak easily slid down the slope of the riverbank and splashed the cool water on my lower body. One by one, we entered the water. Edward and Miguel advised us to paddle in the area to get familiar with our equipment before heading down the rapids. Miguel showed me a trick on how to get used to balancing on my kayak. He shook his kayak from side to side with his waist and I followed as he did. This was to establish that the buckles around my knees from the kayak fit me comfortably and for me to be able to balance well when navigating through the tongue of the rapid.

Soon, Edward headed the way down the river. Paddling was a bit difficult for me in the beginning since I wasn’t used to it – and lacked the upper body strength to maneuver the paddle in the water. Once I got the hang of it, I was speeding down the river, as if I was competing in the Ruta Maya. Approaching our first rapid, Edward went first to show us how it’s done. He advised us to travel in the middle where the tongue of the rapid is. That way, we don’t get stuck on the rocks and we just flow through the rolling waters. I was nervous about going through the rapid because of my fear of flipping over. And, since I couldn’t swim, I feared that I would be washed away by the river.

Luckily for me, I made it past the rapid successfully. Relief and a great sense of accomplishment washed over me that I raised my paddle and shook it in the air in victory. Just like this, I made it through all the rapids like a real kayaking pro. After getting comfortable in the river, and noticing that Edward and Miguel were close by, I wasn’t so scared to go wild on my kayak.

We paddled all the way down the river until we met the trail where we would go mountain biking. We got off our kayaks, dried off and drank some water before getting on our bikes. After kayaking, the thrill and excitement pushed us to pedal through the trail like madmen.

The trail was a bit muddy after a night’s rain. However, that didn’t stop us from riding through the trail. Surprisingly, our wheels didn’t get stuck in mud puddles – we managed to ride through them easily. Luis, Miguel, Sarita and I followed the trail all the way to where we would meet the main road. From there, we decided to ride back to where we started. Up and down hills, dodging rocks and speeding through the forest, mountain biking was extremely fun!

By the time we made it back to our initial location, it started to drizzle a bit. Our guides decided to pack up the bikes and equipment in their trailer and head for lunch. Going kayaking and mountain biking with Belize Caving Expeditions was a great experience. It was an adventure that I had never experienced before. Our guides, Edward and Miguel were super friendly and helpful to everyone! Not to mention, Belize Caving Expedition was well-equipped and timely.

The Belizing.com Team had a fun time kayaking and mountain biking with Belize Caving Expeditions – and this was only day one of our three-day adventures! Be on the lookout for our recap of day two and day three!

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Would you like to go kayaking and mountain biking with Belize Caving Expeditions?

That’s easy! Simply browse through their listings and book it through Belizing.com. Here are some tips for going kayaking and mountain biking with Belize Caving Expeditions:

What to wear to go kayaking and mountain biking in Belize?

Swimwear is most appropriate; however, you can wear a pair of light shorts and a t-shirt for the kayaking portion. For mountain biking, ensure that you have comfortable clothing to stretch your legs and comfortable shoes to pedal in.

What to bring for this kayaking and mountain biking tour?

You should definitely bring along a towel, sunblock, change of clothes, and water shoes.

What’s included?

This kayaking and mountain biking tour includes gears, equipment, lunch, water, and guides.
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$
95
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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!
$
75
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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).
$
95
/ Person
Departs From:
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.
$
95
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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.
$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
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.
$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
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!
$
110
/ Person
Departs From:
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.
$
150
/ Person
Departs From:
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.
$
100
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, in the Maya Mountains, Caracol is the largest known Maya site in Belize and one of the biggest in the Maya world. While traveling ... moreto this location, you will enjoy a stunning scenery of the flora and fauna that enhance the true beauty of this magnificent Maya City. Here, you will be given a lifetime experience as you trail along paths that were once threaded by nobles and peasants that lived in this mystic world. Archeological discoveries have revealed that Caracol had an urban area approximately 10 kilometers in a radius around the center of the city, in the year 650 AD. At its peak, Caracol's epicenter or town, housed about 15,000 people. Caracol. Caana (meaning sky palace), the main pyramid at Caracol, houses 4 palaces and 3 temples and remains the tallest building in modern Belize, with an impressive height of approximately 141 feet. Caracol is a world in which the gods demanded ceremonies and rituals.
$
85
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
 (1)
An exciting, refreshing invite to sit back and relax as you float into mysterious limestone archways beckoning you into centuries-old caves. Our adventure begins with a hike through ... morethe jungle trail; then jump on your tube and feel the excitement as you feel the rush of cool water as you meander down small rapids taking you through a series of remarkable limestone caves. On this journey, you will also be viewing sparkling cave formations and learn about cave geology and the rich Mayan history. To make it a truly fun experience you can also jump into a refreshing, crystalized blue waters formed in-between cave entrances.

Angela Wu

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