Experience the mystery and beauty of the caves and caverns of Belize. The Caves Branch team are unsurpassed at guided cave exploration and invite you to share in these exciting adventures, on foot or by water. All cave tours depart daily and may be subject to high water levels during the rainy season. All adventures are full day unless otherwise stated.
Enter the exciting world of rivers disappearing into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to light your way. Floating past side windows that filter the jungle light through the mist as you swirl around stalagmites jutting from the river and stalactites looming from above. Float past underground waterfalls then into the crystal cathedral, a spiritual center to the ancient Maya.
This particular tubing tour is only available during the rainy season since the river levels get very low during the dry season. It is usually not available from February to June however, caves tubing is available at other parts of the river all year round.
River Cave Expedition – Cave Tubing: More underground rivers .. This time combine cave tubing and cave exploration to explore this incredible river cave system where ancient Maya Ceremonial centers, pottery, artifacts, altars, obsidian blood letting blades, jade and the actual footprints of the Shaman and priests dated to 400 A.D. are still seen. Spectacular crystal formations over 5,000,000 years old cast eerie shadows into the black abyss as you explore and experience the most sacred area of the ancient Maya.
Waterfall Cave Expedition: Waterfalls .. waterfalls .. and more waterfalls. Hundreds of feet under the limestone mountain ridge above, explore this river cave with a total of six waterfalls that must be challenged and conquered before days end. No cave tubing today. Spectacular crystal formations loom above and ancient Maya ceremonial centers are hidden in side chambers as you explore this mist shrouded kingdom. At the end of the day, a three kilometer hike through the forest where a driver will be waiting to bring you back to the lodge. This expedition has a very high difficulty level and all participants must be fit and agile. (Subject to high water levels during the rainy season)
THE BLACK HOLE DROP: Once you are in the basin of the sink hole, your guides then lead you into the incredible rim stone dam entrance of the Actun Loch Tunich river cave system. Camp is set up inside the entrance and dinner prepared. Then on to exploring the upper crystal chambers, ceremonial sites of the ancient Maya. With the campfire ablaze, you settle into a rest filled sleep as the sounds of the jungle eerily sift into the darkness of the cave and the mists of “Chac”, the Mayan rain god, rise from the darkness below.
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Tour
This cave is one of the most popular Mayan burial sites in Western Belize. The cave contains four skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware left by the Maya. The most famous skeleton inside the cave is that of a young girl, the bones of which have been completely covered by the natural processes of the cave, leaving them with a sparkling appearance. The cave itself is several kilometers long with several chambers.
River of Caves Tube Float and ZIP Line Combo Adventure:
Experience the full 7 mile tube float, only available through Caves Branch, then after lunch, experience the adrenaline rush on the new “ZIP Line” aerial adventure through the tree tops of the tropical rainforest. A special Adventure Combination only available at Caves Branch.
ZIP Line Adventure: For those interested in staying dry, the canopy top ZIP Line Adventure is available as a trip in itself.
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Ruins Day Trip: This guided day trip with experts on Maya takes you from the Caves Branch Estate to two of the major Mayan sites in Belize.
First visit Xunantunich , also known as the “Maiden of the Rock” which is the second tallest Mayan ruin in Belize. It stands 130 feet high to give a panoramic view of the Cayo District, Guatemala and the Mopan River. The site has been largely excavated and is reminiscent of some of the largest Mayan temples found in Tikal and Copan and has a great on site museum.
Then lunch in San Ignacio and proceed to the Cahal Pech Mayan ruins, meaning “Place of the Ticks”. Cahal Pech is located 15 minutes on the outskirts of San Ignacio, and was home to a Maya Royal Family.
Jungle Mountain Biking: It’s called mountain biking everywhere else in the world, but at Caves Branch it’s “Jungle Biking”. Get ready for a once in lifetime opportunity with our Belize adventure bike tours. All adventures are full day unless otherwise stated. Learn about the wonders of jungle life from a bicycle seat. Take one of our exciting guided adventure cycling day trips. Ride 100 feet below the rainforest canopy, through lush tropical forests, past magnificent cliff faces and breathtaking vistas. If you are into mountain biking, think ‘Jungle Adventure on Wheels’!
Go kayaking trips on one of the biggest river systems in Belize, the Sibun River . The Sibun twists and turns over its 100 mile length from its beginnings in the Mayan Mountains until it empties into the sea. It has a full variety of waters and is narrow enough to see all the birds and wildlife living at its edge. Spend a day or two enjoying the Sibun on one of the river kayaking adventures. All adventures are full day unless otherwise stated.
River Kayak Day Trips:
Natural history guides will take you along a beautiful 8 mile stretch of the Sibun where you can take you time to stop and enjoy your surroundings throughout the day. The local experts help you get the most from this Belize river kayaking experience.
Caves Branch offers many more tours including jungle hiking tours, day trips to Tikal Guatemala and combination overnight tours.