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Caves Branch: Our most recommended tours and activities

Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

1. Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

Immerse yourself into the Belizean culture and journey back into 1000 years of history of the Mayan world on a guided day tour. Explore the wonders of the Mayans, their cave systems, the local flora, and enjoy cave tubing and ziplining. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Belize City or by taking the ferry from Caye Caulker/San Pedro to Belize City. After meeting your guide, explore the Mayan Temple Altun ha, hike to the top and hear fascinating facts about the site and the Mayan world from your guide. Head deeper into the jungle towards the cave systems with a 15-20 minutes hike following a trail to the cave entrance. Enjoy a lesson on plant identification, insect identification, and all their medicinal uses and local beliefs throughout history in Belize. Cave tube down a river through several caves and marvel at the stunning surroundings and Mayan artifacts. Lastly, zipline over the jungle canopy before returning to Caye Caulker/San Pedro/ Belize City in the evening after a truly memorable Belizean experience.

Belize City: 5-Hour Cave Kayaking Tour

2. Belize City: 5-Hour Cave Kayaking Tour

Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Terminal or at your hotel lobby, depending on the option selected. Relax as you board an air-conditioned vehicle that will set off for the caves on a 1-hour narrated tour of the country and local customs. For cruise passengers, choose to include an additional ziplining activity when booking and zoom across the lush rainforest canopy prior to the kayaking adventure. When you arrive at the national park, get kitted out with helmets, jackets, lights, paddles. Begin the forest nature walk to the riverside where the kayaks are located, making 3 river crossings along the way. Choose from a single or tandem kayak then get out onto the water.  As you begin to kayak, head upstream towards the caves, admiring the formations and practicing your paddling. Stop at a scenic location for a swim in a natural pool. Then, paddle downstream through a network of 5 caves encountering rapids, stalactites, stalagmites, and a waterfall along the way. Eventually, exit the caves and continue paddling downstream with sunshine hitting your face. Enjoy the scenery and listen to the birds, until you arrive at the parking lot. Finally, board the van and return to Belize City, with drop-off at Cruise Ship Terminal or at your hotel lobby, depending on option selection.

Cruiseship : Caves Branch River Tubing Day Tour

3. Cruiseship : Caves Branch River Tubing Day Tour

Meet and greet your guide, then board the van. The drive is one hour to the cave park. The guide hands everyone a helmet, light and jacket. Then a 20 minute walk thru the forest, crossing the river, waistdeep, along the path. Arriving at the caves. Everyone sits in a tube with head rest and the guide links everyone together and manuevers the tubes downstream, navigating thru several cave systems and pausing to show off many formations and waterfall. Then exit the caves onto the open river. Continue downstream for another 20 minutes listening to the sounds in the forest. Arriving at the car park area. Here there are many facilities, giftshops, restaurants and bar. Then its a relaxing drive back to the port.

Belize City: Cave Tubing & Zipline Adventure Tour

4. Belize City: Cave Tubing & Zipline Adventure Tour

Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Terminal, San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi or in your hotel lobby, depending on option selection. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and head to the caves on a 1-hour narrated tour of the country, local customs, and natural scenery.  When you arrive at the cave site, change into your swimsuit and get kitted out with helmets, headlights, life vests, and inner tubes for the cave tubing. Then, take a short hike in the jungle for about 25 to 30 minutes to get to the entrance of the caves, crossing the river a few times. As you begin tubing inside the cave, stay connected to all the tubes as your guide takes you along the route. Marvel as they point out natural rock formations, bats, stalagmites, and stalagmites. Then, emerge from the cave and enjoy an open river float for another 15 to 20 minutes. Keep your eyes peeled in the trees as it's possible to see black howler monkeys and other wildlife.  At the end of the tour, have time to change into dry clothes and drive to your next adventure. The zip-line site is only minutes away from the cave area. Once there, get geared up in your harness and helmets and hand gloves. Take a short hike to get to the first platform, where there are 6 different lines you can go on - the longest one is about 750 feet (229 m) and about 100 feet (30 m) high.  As you soar along the zip-line, see the canopy of the jungle from above and pass between the trees too where you will be able to see different wildlife. Finally, return to Belize City where the tour concludes.

From Belize/San Ignacio: Xunantunich, Ziplining, Cave-Tubing

5. From Belize/San Ignacio: Xunantunich, Ziplining, Cave-Tubing

Pass through charming towns and villages and feel the excitement of crossing the river on a hand crank ferry before arriving at the parking lot. Use the modern restroom and get some bottled water. Start the walk and climb to the top of El Castillo. See the stucco astronomical inscription of the Mayan gods and look across the border of Belize to Guatemala. Take an hour drive from Xunantunich to the foothills of the Maya mountains. Stop to use the modern restroom facilities and have a nice lunch break. Be outfitted with gloves, harnesses and helmets and get familiarized with the zipline. Zipline across the rivers and forest on lines that are up to 1000 feet long. Switch gear and outfits and prepare to get wet. Get a tube, helmet, lights, and PFD from your guide. Hike to the cave system with 100ft high ceilings. Form a mini-train with your tubes and float down the river through the caves. View rock formations and a waterfall. Continue downstream for another 20 minutes in the rainforest after the cave.

Cayo Dristrict: Jungle Zipline and Clandestine Cave Kayaking

6. Cayo Dristrict: Jungle Zipline and Clandestine Cave Kayaking

Provoke your adventurous side with this guided day tour in the Cayo District of beautiful Belize. Fly by zipline over the Mayan jungle trees and rivers, descend under the mountains, and paddle through fresh, azure water caves by kayak or inner tube.     Develop your courage as you soar on seven different ziplines, each ranging from 500 to 1000 feet long. Guides provide equipment, instruction, and encouragement, so you can let yourself experience the rainforest from a completely new perspective. Calm the thrill by kayaking or tubing through a series of clandescent caves fed by natural springs, while learning the natural history, local culture, folklore tales, and surrounding nature from mature and informative guides. Swim in the blue water pools and walk through the peaceful park nature before returning back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Caves Branch

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Abner was AWESOME! He picked us up at the Best Western and pointed out landmarks on the way to the caves. We didn’t bring bug spray or a phone bag so he let us us his. There is a hike to the caves and once we got there, we got inside our kayaks. He was very patient with us when we paddled the wrong way and he actually would pull our kayaks back on course if they got stuck. I highly recommend Abner and this tour. Bring a towel because you will get wet- we didn’t flip over but it rained on us once we got out of the caves. Also bring bug spray, a snack, a wet bag for your phone, and a great attitude! Don’t forget to tip your guide.

This was my first time visiting Belize and I did this tour on my very first full day...when I tell you I had the BEST time. Brian from Salt Life Tours was our tour guide and he was so great. Really personable and funny and really knew what he was talking about. The zip lining was so fun. Unfortunately the water was too high from the rain so we could not do the cave tubing tour. But everything else was great, the weather is completely out of everyones control. Would highly recommend!

What a fantastic trip. Abenor, Marco, and Mikey were wonderful, knowledgeable, and incredibly friendly. The food on the way was incredible, don't miss out! The trip itself was magical. I'm glad we opted for the kayaking over the tubing as it added an extra bit to the trip. We will definitely be doing this again and using this tour guide the next time we are in the country.

Our guide, Brian was fantastic. The temples were beautiful and we learned a lot about Mayan culture. The zip lining was fun and the guides were friendly and efficient. Cave tubing was also fun and scenic. A great day!

All the service was excellent, the guide was spectacular… very good information. and a lot of organization