Depart: Daily at 9AM in front of the Shop on Savannah Street, San Ignacio, 40 minute drive through Amish and Mennonite countryside, then through the jungle on dirt road, across the Creek and arrive to the beautiful upper mountain plateau surrounded by mountains and Barton Creek running alongside and entering the cave.
Duration: Once you have reached the departure point on Barton Creek, you don life jackets, and enter the canoe where your licensed guide will paddle you into the cave. Floodlights will illuminate the incredible ceilings and your guide will provide you with a detailed history. Time within the cave is 90 minutes, distance covered approximately 1.5km in and of course back 🙂 for a total of 3km.
Return: Return to San Ignacio by 1pm
Like all caves in Belize, Barton Creek Cave is a registered archeological site and nothing must be touched or removed. Tours- David’s adventure tours Cayo Belize.
Although almost everyone now offers trips here, as the original and best guide to the cave, David Simpson and his licensed guides, will carefully and responsibly show you the astonishing Maya artefacts in the cave; a trip also usually includes a visit to Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.
From the entrance of the cave, David or one of his guides, will guide you the roughly 1.5 kms into ( and of course out of 🙂 the cave system created by volcanic action over millions of years…
In Maya mythology, Xibalba, roughly translated as “place of fear”, is the name of the underworld, ruled by Maya Death Gods and their helpers. In Yucatec, it was known as Metnal. In the 16th-century Verapaz, the entrance to Xibalba, was traditionally held to be a cave in the vicinity of Cobán, Guatemala.
According to some of the K’iche’ Maya presently living in the vicinity, the area is still associated with death. Cave systems in nearby Belize have also been referred to as the entrance to Xibalba.
Another physical incarnation of the road to Xibalba as viewed by the K’iche’ is the dark rift which is visible in the Milky Way.