Barton Creek Cave

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Father and son paddling around the pools before entering the cave.

Barton Creek Cave is a natural cave located near San Ignacio that was once used by the ancient Maya for ceremonial activities. This stunning cave can only be explored by canoe and is considered one of Belize’s most fascinating natural and cultural wonders.

Barton Creek Cave tour

After entering the cave, you will travel approximately a mile along a meandering river flowing through the beautiful cathedral-like chambers and wide passages of the cavern.  Similar to Actun Tunichil Muknal, inside you can witness remarkable cave formations, Maya pottery, and human sacrificial remains.

Taking this tour is perfect on a hot sunny day as you can swim in the surrounding refreshing pools or relax on the jungle beach – learning about caves, Belize wildlife and Maya cultural heritage will be a bonus.

The Barton Creek tour leaves at 9:00 AM or 1:00 PM from San Ignacio (your hotel location) and it takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. This tour can be done by anyone since it is very relaxed and leisurely.

Things to bring on tour

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Camera
  • Light hiking shoes or closed toe sandals
  • Change of clothing if you plan to swim
  • Hat and sunglasses?

Tour price and what’s included

  • $75 USD per person
  • Transportation to and back
  • Special certified Cave guide