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Blue Hole National Park

The park is over 800 acres in size and features
swimming, nature trails and St. Hermans Cave ...

The Inland Blue Hole is actually a sinkhole formed by the collapse of an underground river channel. The exposed section of the underground Cave Branch Creek tributary can be viewed for about 150 feet before it disappears again beneath the surface.

Located just off the Humming Bird Highway, Blue Hole steps lead to a 25-foot deep pool, for which the park is named. Its cool, turquoise waters, surrounded by dense forest, overhung with mosses, vines and ferns are the perfect spot for a cool and relaxing dip.

St. Herman's Cave is located about 500 meters from the Hummingbird Highway. The trail to the cave's entrance begins at the Park Welcome Center, located just off the highway.

The largest of the three known entrances to St. Herman's Cave sits in a sinkhole 180 feet wide narrowing to a 60-foot wide entrance. Concrete steps cover stone steps once cut by the Maya. Once inside, visitors can clamber over rocks and splash through the water, while admiring the cave formations.

A Trail with Markers has been placed within the cave for the first half-mile. To continue beyond this point into restricted areas of the cave, park guide are available for exploring on foot or you can opt for some guided cave tubing. For this activity you continue on to the water source. Once there, hop on your tube and float lazily back along this subterranean river system.

After exploring the cave, there is the option to hike a 2 mile interpretive trail. In addition, there are a number of other trails to hike within the park and is a is popular place for Birders. Some of the more unusual birds known to frequent this area include White Hawk, Spotted-Wood Quail, Crested Guans, Lovely Cotinga, Keel-Billed Toucans, Red-Legged Honey Creepers, and Slaty-Tailed Trogons.

Blue Hole National Park is located 12 miles southeast of Belmopan and right off the Hummingbird Highway. The park makes a good rest stop for those heading to the Stann Creek District area and Hopkins from Cayo District or if you're traveling in the opposite direction towards the Cayo District and San Ignacio.


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