Belize Caving and Cave Tubing
Caving and Cave Tubing in Belize
Guests on a Caving Tour
It is estimated that there are thousands of caves in Belize. This is due to the fact that much of Belize's land surface is underlined by limestone. This creates extensive underground cave networks and sinkholes. Therein lie many relics of Belize's rich ancient Mayan past. Many caves prove a challenge to the experienced spelunker, but there are a few which beginners can access as well as enjoy. In all, except perhaps the Rio Frio Cave with its extensive opening, an experienced caving guide is recommended.Caves in Belize have varying degrees of accessibility and difficulty of exploration with caving activities including hiking, wading through water, floating in an inner tube, canoeing, climbing rock formations and/or ropes and "bush" ladders, rapelling, squeezing through narrow openings. In most you will find extensive stalactite and stalagmite formations and pottery shards, while others house many secrets of the past including intact pottery and human remains (sometimes intact skeletons) and other natural formation such as underground waterfalls.
Proper equipment in the form of headlamps, spare batteries, hiking or tennis shoes, drinking water and light snacks are essential along with the services of an experienced caving guide.
Caves for all ages, first time cavers and less experienced spelunkers
Advanced Caving should only be attempted by experienced spelunkers. In some of these caves, you must get permission in advance from the Archaeology Department.
Many tourist providers offer cave tubing opportunities. Most are within the Caves Branch Cave system.
Tour companies and jungle lodges also cater to canoe adventurers. Best areas to canoe are on the Mopan and Macal Rivers in the Cayo District.
Safety Issues When Caving
Read more about Caving at Calico Jack's Village.
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