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Our most recommended Cayo District Cave Tours

San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

1. San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

Depart from San Ignacio and head to the starting point for your hike. Make your first river crossing band hike to the cave entrance for a safety demonstration. Make your way into the cave, swimming and then walking through the main water passage until you reach the boulder and head to the dry chamber. To enter the chamber, you will be required to slip off your shoes in order to protect the cave. Marvel at the cave's artifacts, most of which have been calcified into the ground, unmoved even by archaeologists. Hear your guides talk about the rituals and ceremonies, bloodletting offerings, food offerings and human offerings, including the 15 human remains uncovered by archaeologists. To access the last chamber, you will climb up a ladder to see a full skeletal remains before exiting the cave in the same way you came in. You will hike back to the parking lot before replenishing yourself with lunch and returning to San Ignacio.

San Ignacio: Cave Tubing with Lunch & Optional Zipline

2. San Ignacio: Cave Tubing with Lunch & Optional Zipline

Depart from San Ignacio, Belize and arrive at the park after driving for an hour. Hike through the jungle, along the river bank and carry your tube up to the starting point. Choose to tube through 1 cave or 2 caves, depending on how far you want to walk. Enjoy the full experience by walking for 45 minutes, to reach the top of the river. Walk for 30 minutes to reach the other starting point, which will only take you through one of the caves.  Float down the river and relax in the first cave, as your expert guide tells you about Mayan culture and their beliefs. Get ready for a thrill in the second cave, accessed by both starting points, where light rapids will add some excitement and speed to your tubing experience. Upgrade your tour by speeding things up with a memorable zipline ride. Before heading into the Mayan underworld, fly and scream in the air as you zip line across the Belize jungles and river from tree to tree. After the Adrenalin rush through the air, cool off in the water of a picturesque natural pool.

Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

3. Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

Immerse yourself into the Belizean culture and journey back into 1000 years of history of the Mayan world on a guided day tour. Explore the wonders of the Mayans, their cave systems, the local flora, and enjoy cave tubing and ziplining. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Belize City or by taking the ferry from Caye Caulker/San Pedro to Belize City. After meeting your guide, explore the Mayan Temple Altun ha, hike to the top and hear fascinating facts about the site and the Mayan world from your guide. Head deeper into the jungle towards the cave systems with a 15-20 minutes hike following a trail to the cave entrance. Enjoy a lesson on plant identification, insect identification, and all their medicinal uses and local beliefs throughout history in Belize. Cave tube down a river through several caves and marvel at the stunning surroundings and Mayan artifacts. Lastly, zipline over the jungle canopy before returning to Caye Caulker/San Pedro/ Belize City in the evening after a truly memorable Belizean experience.

Belize City: 5-Hour Cave Kayaking Tour

4. Belize City: 5-Hour Cave Kayaking Tour

Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Terminal or at your hotel lobby, depending on the option selected. Relax as you board an air-conditioned vehicle that will set off for the caves on a 1-hour narrated tour of the country and local customs. For cruise passengers, choose to include an additional ziplining activity when booking and zoom across the lush rainforest canopy prior to the kayaking adventure. When you arrive at the national park, get kitted out with helmets, jackets, lights, paddles. Begin the forest nature walk to the riverside where the kayaks are located, making 3 river crossings along the way. Choose from a single or tandem kayak then get out onto the water.  As you begin to kayak, head upstream towards the caves, admiring the formations and practicing your paddling. Stop at a scenic location for a swim in a natural pool. Then, paddle downstream through a network of 5 caves encountering rapids, stalactites, stalagmites, and a waterfall along the way. Eventually, exit the caves and continue paddling downstream with sunshine hitting your face. Enjoy the scenery and listen to the birds, until you arrive at the parking lot. Finally, board the van and return to Belize City, with drop-off at Cruise Ship Terminal or at your hotel lobby, depending on option selection.

San Ignacio: Half-Day Cave Canoeing Adventure

5. San Ignacio: Half-Day Cave Canoeing Adventure

Depart in the afternoon from San Ignacio Town and drive through a small, traditional Mennonite community called Barton Creek. Continue on until arriving at the remnants of an ancient Mayan civilization, waiting to be explored in the cool, watery underground caverns. Soak up the mediative energy as you paddle on a canoe through an underground cave system. Relax as the sound of paddle on the peaceful waters harmonizes with your heartbeat. Float along the ancient Maya waterway inside the mountain while your local guide sheds light on the significance of the cave to the Mayas. Learn about the different rituals and ceremonies which were conducted inside of the cave, among them human sacrifices, bloodletting rituals, agricultural rituals, and possible fertility rites. Hear also about the geology of the cave. Conclude the tour with a one-hour drive back to San Ignacio.

Belize City: Caves Branch River Tubing Day Tour

6. Belize City: Caves Branch River Tubing Day Tour

Meet and greet your guide, then board the van. The drive is one hour to the cave park. The guide hands everyone a helmet, light and jacket. Then a 20 minute walk thru the forest, crossing the river, waistdeep, along the path. Arriving at the caves. Everyone sits in a tube with head rest and the guide links everyone together and manuevers the tubes downstream, navigating thru several cave systems and pausing to show off many formations and waterfall. Then exit the caves onto the open river. Continue downstream for another 20 minutes listening to the sounds in the forest. Arriving at the car park area. Here there are many facilities, giftshops, restaurants and bar. Then its a relaxing drive back to the port.

San Ignacio: Crystal Cave & Blue Hole National Park + Lunch

7. San Ignacio: Crystal Cave & Blue Hole National Park + Lunch

Get an early start and depart from San Ignacio at 7:30 AM. Drive out to St Herman's Blue Hole National Park, known for its lush rainforest and intricate system of interconnected caves and azure freshwater pools. Begin your adventure through the park with a rainforest hike that will end at the entrance to the Crystal Cave system. Embark on a spelunking expedition through the series of limestone caverns that the Mayans treated as a natural pantheon. Admire the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, flow stones, rock columns, crystalline formations, and Mayan artifacts adorning the interior of the caves. Let your guide show you the evidence of ritual ceremonies that took place thousands of years ago, including pottery, fire pits, charcoal ash, and human remains. Step into Wonderland, an aptly-named chamber deep in the earth with walls covered in shimmering crystals. Spend anywhere from 3–5 hours exploring the cave depending on your energy. Let your guide know if you want to eat the packed lunch and get some rum punch inside the cave or back at the parking lot and fill up after a long day's trek. Finish off with a refreshing dip in the Blue Hole pool the park is named for. Arrive back in San Ignacio around 5:30 PM.

From Belize/San Ignacio: Xunantunich, Ziplining, Cave-Tubing

8. From Belize/San Ignacio: Xunantunich, Ziplining, Cave-Tubing

Pass through charming towns and villages and feel the excitement of crossing the river on a hand crank ferry before arriving at the parking lot. Use the modern restroom and get some bottled water. Start the walk and climb to the top of El Castillo. See the stucco astronomical inscription of the Mayan gods and look across the border of Belize to Guatemala. Take an hour drive from Xunantunich to the foothills of the Maya mountains. Stop to use the modern restroom facilities and have a nice lunch break. Be outfitted with gloves, harnesses and helmets and get familiarized with the zipline. Zipline across the rivers and forest on lines that are up to 1000 feet long. Switch gear and outfits and prepare to get wet. Get a tube, helmet, lights, and PFD from your guide. Hike to the cave system with 100ft high ceilings. Form a mini-train with your tubes and float down the river through the caves. View rock formations and a waterfall. Continue downstream for another 20 minutes in the rainforest after the cave.

Belize City: Cave Tubing & Zipline Adventure Tour

9. Belize City: Cave Tubing & Zipline Adventure Tour

Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Terminal, San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi or in your hotel lobby, depending on option selection. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and head to the caves on a 1-hour narrated tour of the country, local customs, and natural scenery.  When you arrive at the cave site, change into your swimsuit and get kitted out with helmets, headlights, life vests, and inner tubes for the cave tubing. Then, take a short hike in the jungle for about 25 to 30 minutes to get to the entrance of the caves, crossing the river a few times. As you begin tubing inside the cave, stay connected to all the tubes as your guide takes you along the route. Marvel as they point out natural rock formations, bats, stalagmites, and stalagmites. Then, emerge from the cave and enjoy an open river float for another 15 to 20 minutes. Keep your eyes peeled in the trees as it's possible to see black howler monkeys and other wildlife.  At the end of the tour, have time to change into dry clothes and drive to your next adventure. The zip-line site is only minutes away from the cave area. Once there, get geared up in your harness and helmets and hand gloves. Take a short hike to get to the first platform, where there are 6 different lines you can go on - the longest one is about 750 feet (229 m) and about 100 feet (30 m) high.  As you soar along the zip-line, see the canopy of the jungle from above and pass between the trees too where you will be able to see different wildlife. Finally, return to Belize City where the tour concludes.

Cayo Dristrict: Jungle Zipline and Clandestine Cave Kayaking

10. Cayo Dristrict: Jungle Zipline and Clandestine Cave Kayaking

Provoke your adventurous side with this guided day tour in the Cayo District of beautiful Belize. Fly by zipline over the Mayan jungle trees and rivers, descend under the mountains, and paddle through fresh, azure water caves by kayak or inner tube.     Develop your courage as you soar on seven different ziplines, each ranging from 500 to 1000 feet long. Guides provide equipment, instruction, and encouragement, so you can let yourself experience the rainforest from a completely new perspective. Calm the thrill by kayaking or tubing through a series of clandescent caves fed by natural springs, while learning the natural history, local culture, folklore tales, and surrounding nature from mature and informative guides. Swim in the blue water pools and walk through the peaceful park nature before returning back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Cayo District

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

This was the 3rd best day of my life! Only followed by the birth of my daughter & my wedding day. Brian was the best guide ever! He took his time with us, never lost his patience and went above the call of duty to ensure we had the best excursions ever. Going to check out other tours when I get back to Belize City before leaving the country. The only complaint I have is that you have not expanded tours to the southern areas. Excellent service!

Excellent! Our driver and tour guide, Eddy, was outstanding. He was friendly, knowledgeable and came with extensive experience. The ATM cave is a must do excursion. The lunch that followed was very good and very well organized. Highly recommend this tour and company.

We had such an amazing time! Francisco was the best guide ever! We will never forget this adventure and would highly recommend!

Hands down one of the best tours you can find. ATM is rated one of the top sacred places in the world.

Our guide was Rafael and he was excellent! The whole experience was a once in a lifetime experience.