the Caves Branch river-cave system ....
Enter an exciting realm where rivers disappear into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to lead the way. Glide past entrances from above, filtering mists of jungle light, as you float through underground river caves sparkling with mica-studded stalactites and stalagmites, filled with 1,000-year-old pottery shards. Continue past an underground waterfall leading into the "Crystal Cathedral", a spiritual place used by the ancient Maya.
is by rubber inner
underground hiking and jungle trekking is required.
Cross the Caves Branch River and hike
upstream with your inner tube. A walk to the third
cave entrance takes about 30 minutes and you're back where
you started in 2 hours. Highlights include an underground
A hike upstream to the 5th cave entrance involves
some climbing inside the cave and some fitness is
required. Hiking time takes 1.5 hours with total trip
time at 3.5 hours.
is an exhilarating way to end your inland exploration.
If you're coming from Cayo area and
heading to Belize International Airport or the Cayes.
of Difficulty Moderately Challenging
Ability to maneuver an inner tube required. Shorts
and T-shirts are suggested, along with comfortable shoes you can hike in and get wet. Because you will be getting wet, its a good idea to bring along extra clothes.