BARTON CREEK CAVE CANOEING

Drive through Mennonite farm country, through primary growth jungle, and across a small river, and you’ll find yourself at Barton Creek and its cave. Once there, board a canoe paddled by your guide and stowed with powerful flood lights for your journey into what the Maya considered the center of the world. The water here is slow-moving, cool and fresh as it springs up from underground rivers and through the limestone of this cave system. Be sure you have your camera ready as your guide takes you on this mile-long float of extraordinary stalactites and stalagmites, where the cave is mostly a giant cavern and will leave you feeling like you have been in a cathedral created by nature. Although this is a tour that does not require you to get wet, you can take along a bathing suit and dive into the clear pools for a swim after your tour.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 40 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy. Aside from a bumpy unpaved drive, this adventure is appropriate for all ages and physical ability levels. It does not require any hiking, climbing, or swimming, but does contain an occasional bat and a bit of darkness.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and water shoes. Bring along your bathing suit and a towel if you’d like to go for a swim in the crystal blue waters just outside of the cave after your paddle.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: Half-day tour.

Combinations: Make it a full-day tour with Xunantunich, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, or Rio On Pools.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, entry fees, and gear. Does NOT include lunch unless combined with one of the above tours.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice