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Equipped with Canoes and high powered lights you slowly paddle your way into Xibalba, the Maya word for underworld ...

Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

Barton CreekGlide through a remote underground water cave system in a canoe equipped with a powerful spotlight. While canoeing through the cave see large and colorful formations, skeletal remains and other cultural artifacts left behind by the Maya centuries ago.It is believed that the Maya once used this cave for ritual ceremonies.


Barton Creek EntranceApart from the drive there, this is the easiest cave to do. Typically getting to a cave requires hiking in, not so Barton Creek. You drive right up, hop in a canoe and away you go to explore the Maya underworld. The high ceiling and cathedral chambers make this a beautiful place to photograph. From the cave's entrance it's about a mile through the cave to the stopping point. For the free-spirited there is an option for swimming in the farthest chambers acessable by canoe.


You can combine a Barton Creek Cave half-day tour with another half-day options such as Green Hills Butterfly Ranch or a Zip-line Canopy Tour or Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge.


If you visit Barton Creek Cave in the afternoon, you can precede it with a visit to Xunantunich, Cahal Pech or El Pilar Maya archeological sites or combine with horseback riding or canoe to San Ignacio, eat lunch at a local restaurant and meet your guide and continue on to Barton Creek.


Entrance Fee - US$ 5 per person



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