Caving Adventures in the Cayo District
Belize has countless cave systems spanning throughout the country, from classical caves that require hikes, to unique cave systems that require tubing or canoeing to access to them. With countless routes for cave exploration and incredible natural scenes along the way, Belize is home to some of the best caving adventures in the region!
We've put together a list of three of the most experiential caving activities in the Cayo District. Whether you love hiking, or simply want to lay back and let the river guide you, there's a caving adventure just for you! Let our Adventure Desk do the planning with our specially curated excursions. Allow our adventure specialists to lead you along the way to unforgettable Belizean experiences.
Hiking, Swimming, Spelunking
Discover why the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave is the most visited cave in the country. Hike 45 minutes along the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, where birds and wildlife abound. Upon arriving at the entrance of the cave, a short swim-in is required, initiating the ATM caving experience that combines hiking and swimming throughout the cave. In addition to the immersive caving experience and equally mesmerizing crystal clear stream that follows along most of the way, there are a plethora of Mayan artifacts throughout the cave that shed light on the cultural and religious beliefs of the Mayas. From ceramic pots to numerous sacrificial remains, exploring the ATM cave is a playground of discovery for visitors. Indulge in nature, history, and thrilling adventure as you enjoy the wonders of the ATM cave.
Tube Along Tranquil Waters
Recline and relax, allowing the river to take you along for a grand adventure. Caving takes on a form of relaxation when experiencing it from the comfort of a river tube. With headlamps illuminating the way, explorers will experience the sacred underworld of the Maya with limestone walls, underground waterfalls, and historical artifacts.
Caving by Canoe
Hop aboard a canoe and enjoy an experience immersed in the unique marvels of Barton Creek Cave, stretching nearly 2 miles underground. Connect with the rich history of this cave which was once the center for ritualistic activities. Take this immersive experience head-on with a plunge into the frigid underground river, and paddle through time to uncover the cavern's treasures. Surrounded by glittering stalactites and stalagmites, discover the skeletal remains, clay pots, and ancient artifacts scattered throughout the cave. Work with our adventure specialists to curate the best experience for your caving pursuits, and enjoy lunch amid tropical beauty and passing wildlife.
The grandeur of Belize's caves can be explored from a variety of modalities. Whether you're a hiking enthusiast or simply looking for a laid-back adventure of gliding along the river, there is a caving experience waiting for you.