Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)
Explore Actun Tunichil Muknal, notably ranked as one of the ‘Top 10 Sacred Caves in the World’ by National Geographic Magazine. The cave trip starts with a 70 minute drive from Blancaneaux Lodge followed by a 40 minute trek through the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve to the cave entrance. The underground stream flows out of the cave and it’s necessary to take a short swim into the cave (water depth is about 12 feet). About three hours is spent inside the cave, where you will squeeze through tight spaces and climb over rocks. The rewards are worth it. Two small carved stelae are located above the stream, one in the shape of an obsidian blade and the other a stingray spine. On the next level lies the cave’s most famous occupant, the Crystal Maiden, a victim of ritual sacrifice from the Late Classic Period.
ATM Cave in Belize is only recommended for those of an adventurous spirit with a good level of fitness.
Barton Creek Cave
Explore Barton Creek Cave, a remote cave once used by the ancient Maya as a burial site. Adorned with amazing stalactites and stalagmites, the guides will tell stories of civilizations past as they use spotlights to point out Maya pottery shards and remains in the depths below. This journey is enjoyed in a canoe as your guide paddles you through the dramatic cave.
Departs: 8:00 am or 1:00 pm
Length: 4 hours
Barton Creek Cave PLUS Intermedio Zip Line
The Intermedio zip line is a 45-60 minute tour that offers 2,573 feet of line separated in 7 runs and 12 platforms. This tour includes a short 10 minute hike through the forest and crosses a hammock bridge.
Departs: 8:00 am
Length: 5 hours
Caves Branch Nohuch Che’en Reserve Cave Tubing
Blancaneaux Lodge offers a daily early morning transfer option for all guests traveling to Belize Municipal Airport or Turtle Inn Resort. The transfer stops at the Nohuch Che’en Reserve for an hour long float along the Caves Branch River and a gentle jungle walk to reach the starting point for cave tubing. Each participant has a special ‘tube’ for the float, a headlamp, life vest, and ‘water shoes.’ The float goes through a series of huge interconnecting caves separated by open sections where the river is flanked by high jungle.
Departs: 8:00 am
Length: 7.5 hours