You arrive at Barton Creek Cave after an enjoyable drive across rivers, jungle trails, and orange orchards, and through the Mennonite community of Barton Creek; be sure to smile and wave at the horse-drawn buggies. Hidden within this small community are the remnants of an ancient Maya civilization, silently waiting to be explored in the cool, dark, watery underground caverns of Barton Creek Cave. The site was a center for ritualistic activities, including human sacrifices, fertility rites, and bloodletting.
Stretching nearly two 2 miles (3 kilometers) underground, this ancient wonder can be explored only by canoe. Drift along and marvel at the glittering stalactites and stalagmites, some 50 feet (15 meters) in length. The cave is littered with the eerie remains of human bones, centuries-old clay pots (some in perfect form), and tiny remnants of Maya artifacts. If you dare, take a plunge in the cold underground river for a truly incredible experience.
A visit to Barton Creek Cave can be combined with other tours.