Che Chem Ha Cave or Chechem Ha Cave is a Mayan Ceremonial Cave located 8 miles southeast of Benque at the foot of the Maya Mountains. The Che Chem Cave is 800 feet long and was used by the Mayas for food storage and rituals. This cave was first discovered in 1989 by a local farmer while hunting. After entering the cave he stumbled across hundreds of pottery vessels and other untouched artifacts left behind by the Mayans. The cave contains ladders leading up to chambers with excessive amounts of artifacts. Because of the extensive remains of Mayan History, the Che Chem Cave is carefully monitored and only accessible with an experienced resident guide. Hiking to the cave is intense, and you must be physically ready for this tour.
Actun Tunichil Muknal also known as the ATM Cave is located about an hour away from San Ignacio in the Mountain Tapir Reserve. The ATM cave is several kilometers long with a few chambers containing skeletons, ceramics and stoneware left behind by the Mayans. The most famous skeleton is of a young maiden, whose bones have been covered by the natural process of the cave, leaving them with a sparkling appearance. Activities in the cave includes swimming, hiking and exploring gigantic stalactites adorning the cathedral like ceilings. With the combination of nature’s beauty and the rich memories left behind, a visit to Actun Tunichil Muknal is an experience guaranteed to leave you with a wonderful experience and a great amount of knowledge about the ancient Mayans that inhabited Belize.
Rio Frio Cave is located in the Mountain Pine Ridge area, about 2 hours from San Ignacio town. Rio Frio has an enormously wide entrance making it easy for first time travelers to visit. The arch at the entrance is at least 70 feet high and contains stalactites towering from the ceiling. The multi-colored gigantic boulders adds to the beauty of the cave. Everything in this cave is large! A small river runs through this cave with a fine sandy beach- a perfect place for a picnic! Sun light streams through this cave allowing you to see most of the bigger structures, but using a flash light you can see the details. The Rio Frio Cave Tour is great for family fun or first time explorers.
The Black Hole Drop or Actun Loch Tunich is the Mother of all caves. This tour begins with a vigorous tour through the jungle to the mouth of the cave. Unlike most cave, Actun Loch Tunich sits in a massive sink hole 300 feet over the basin below. Expert guides harness you to a rappelling rope with a helmet and a pair of gloves. The first 10 feet provides adrenaline, and the next 200 feet is pure adventure with unbelievable sites. The last 100 feet takes you down a rainforest canopy, where you take a short break and have lunch. Getting down is easy! Getting back out includes rock climbing and ladder climbing and a lot of energy and sweat. However, your reward awaits at the lodge! You get to rest a while and enjoy the pool with a cool drink.
Barton Creek Cave is a natural cave system in Belize which is an archaeological site and a tourist attraction. Enjoy a short drive in the jungle to this hidden cave. Explore this stunning Ancient Maya Ceremonial cave by canoe for about a mile along a meandering river. After the tour, enjoy a picnic at the nearby park and swimming in the cool river. Barton Creek Cave is safe and fun for the entire family, and is known as the ninth most beautiful and unusual cave in the world.
Blue Creek Cave or “Hokeb Ha Cave is located in southern Belize in a small Mayan village. Even though it’s located deep in the jungle, Blue creek cave has a gorgeous scenery with a small roaring waterfall at the entrance. The hike to this cave is refreshing with cool mountain air under the jungle canopy. Once in the cave, you get to swim through an exotic blue pool to the interior of the cave. Blue Creek cave system is basically made up of crystal-like flow stone creations, narrow chambers and huge stones. Hokeb Ha meaning “Where the water enters the earth”, has the most beautiful natural blue swimming pools in Belize.