Belize has one of the highest concentrations of ancient Maya sites in the area with over 900 ruins across 8,000+ square miles. Not all the sites are huge city ruins or abandoned temples – many are actually smaller villages and caves. Caves were used extensively by the Mayas for various reasons, but one of the main ones was their religion. Seeing these ancient caves is one of the most popular adventures in Belize through cave tubing. Not to mention, cave tubing is one of the most refreshing things to do on a hot summer day in Belize!
Refresh and Relax
Why cave tubing? For one thing, the caves typically have rivers that run through them and aren’t as easy to see without tubing. The Mayas believed that the caves were entrances to the underworld, which was the land of the death gods. Many of the caves contain old artifacts that you can see from your tube as you float through. Cave tubing is a relaxing experience on a hot summer day. The caves are dark and cool as you peacefully float through the gloom. Eventually, you’ll arrive on the other side and back into the light. Experienced guides will take you safely through the ancient caves while regaling you with the ancient history and lore.
A cave tubing adventure can easily take the better part of a day. You’ll usually have to hike to get to the cave, or sometimes drive a four-wheel vehicle through the jungle, or sometimes even both. Anther way to get to some of the caves is via ATV. The only caveat is that you’ll need to be at least 16 years old to drive. However, children eight years or younger can ride on the back seat.
Float by via Virtual Tour
While there are many caves to explore by inner tube in Belize, two of the most popular are St. Herman’s Cave and Nohoch Che’en. Although both are very easily accessible from Belmopan and Belize City, you can explore via virtual tour! Find our full listing of caves to explore in Belize here, and book a tour!