Hidden below the jungle canopies, navigate Belize’s complex underground cave system on foot, canoe or inner tube to reveal natural splendors of the Maya’s past. Considered pathways to the underworld, or ‘Xibalba’ in Maya, caves are sacred havens where glistening limestone formations and vast chambers are just the beginning.
ACTUN CHAPAT AND ACTUN HALAL
Actun Chapat, or the Centipede Cave, plus Actun Halal, or the Dart Cave, are located 19 miles south of San Ignacio. Inside houses man-made features–including terraces and raised platforms. Human remains and artifacts have been found here.
Located in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve in the Cayo district, this popular cave holds much evidence of Maya sacrifices – from pottery to a fully crystallized skeleton known as the “Crystal Maiden.”
Accessible only by canoe, this wet cave runs over four miles long, and was once used for Maya ceremonies and burials. Even though most of the cave has been excavated, it still holds many visible artifacts
Float on an inner tube along the Caves Branch River as it takes you through this series of caves. There are various pottery shards remaining as evidence of the ancient Maya ceremonies.
Along the scenic Hummingbird Highway lies the second cave within the St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, the Crystal Cave or Mountain Cow Cave. Following a hike and rappelling adventure inside, you will find impressive caverns adorned with crystalline formations and artifacts like pottery, beads and obsidian blades.
Found along the forest trail within the St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park near the country’s capital of Belmopan, St. Herman’s Cave holds important cultural and archaeological significance. Pottery vessels used for collecting Zuh Uy Ha (virgin water) from dripping speleothems were found here.