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

1. 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.

Belize: Mayan Ruins and Inland Blue Hole Tour

2. Belize: Mayan Ruins and Inland Blue Hole Tour

The Xunantunich Mayan Ruins are some of the finest Maya Ruins in Belize. The drive from Hopkins to the Blue Hole and Xunantunich Mayan site in western Belize takes you through the scenic Hummingbird Highway and the western villages of Belize. This is a cultural experience, sightseeing tours with first hand views of the countryside, Mayan Mountains, farms, colorful homes and San Ignacio farmers market. Experience an authentic Belizean lunch in the immediate area of the ruins. Along the way back, we will make a stop at the cenote at Blue Hole National Park on the Hummingbird Highway, this is a great place to swim or just take pictures an enjoy the nature. The Blue Hole cenote was formed by the collapse of an underground limestone cave. In this case, the river running through the original cavern still flows through the cave system, and forms a sapphire-colored pool at the bottom of the sinkhole. The depression measures about 100 feet deep and 300 feet in diameter, with the actual blue hole at the depression’s base having a depth of about 25 feet.

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The caves are amazing. My guide Jose and his guide in training Andrea were great. I will say that the tour is extremely physical, you will get muddy (but not wet), you will be in very tight spaces, and you will be sore. I am in my early 30’s and it was rough on me. There was an older couple that went in before me, late 60’s to early 70’s, that made it through just fine, however they did not do the full tour of the cave. There are no photograph options but if you bring your camera/phone, you can take pictures yourself and my guides took pictures of me. The lunch was fantastic as well. You definitely need a change of clothes and would also recommend bringing a change of shoes. The cave itself does not appear to be very popular, as it is overshadowed by the ATM Cave, you will likely have the cave to yourself most of the time. I myself only saw 4 other people during my tour and we barely crossed paths.

Selwyn was the best tour guide we could’ve asked for. He was informative, patient and made for a very safe friendly and fun atmosphere whilst exploring the cave. Crystal Cave was astonishing and would recommend this to anyone who is up for a bit more of a challenge than the ATM tours. We were also the only people in the cave which was an added bonus and the lunch and dip in the blue hole afterwards was a great end to the day.

Amazing experience and highly recommend! Our guide was extremely informative. Very helpful, and a blast to be with. I would definitely recommend this for anyone coming to Belize that wants to have a once in a life time experience (although I want to come back and do it twice) If I had to leave with just one thing for you guys it is that this whole experience was amazing and a must try if you haven’t yet

Absolutely fantastic cave and splendid guide. But beware you need to be fairly fit and you will go through some very small tight passages. You will get dirty but not wet. And it will be sooooo worthy. It's like being in Pandora.