One of the most exciting things to do in Belize is to explore one of the many caves. Barton Creek Cave is a stunning Maya ceremonial cave located in the Cayo District of Belize, just 90-minutes away from San Ignacio. Unlike the Caves Branch Tubing or Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave experiences, Barton Creek is explored by canoe.
History of Barton Creek Cave
Not much history is known about the Barton Creek Cave due to the extensive looting of artifacts. What archaeologists can surmise is that this cave was used between the Early Classic (200-600 AD) to the Late Classic (600-900 AD) periods of time. Human remains of at least 28 people have been discovered, suggesting the cave was used for ceremonial use, similar to ATM Cave. Today, the cave and its 6,400 meters of passages serves as both an active archaeology site and a tourist destination. The cave is often cited as one of the most amazing in the world.
Visiting Barton Creek Cave
Since Barton Creek runs through the cave, the best way to experience the cave is via a canoe. Many tour companies offer guided canoe trips. Knowledgeable guides will tell you all about the cave’s history, as well as show you natural points of interest. Most tours include a packed lunch and the opportunity to swim in the river before or after the canoe trip.
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