Off the Hummingbird Highway, is the spiraling network of tunnels and limestone rooms comprising of 36 “crystal” caves with enormous vaults of crystallized columns and statuary. Much of the geological structure of Belize is porous karst limestone. This makes it ideal for the formation of underground caves and rivers, although many caves have been known for years, new ones – including some of the most extensive systems in the whole of Central America.
The Maya peoples who first inhabited Belize were particularly in awe of these underground caverns. For them, they were the entrance to the underworld, which they called Xibalba, or the Place of Fear. The Maya saw the surface of the planet on which they lived as being sandwiched between many other levels in which the souls of the dead, spirits, and their gods lived. There were nine levels beneath the earth, and caves gave a privilege if frightening access to this lower world. At many sites in Belize, you can still see the cave paintings, the pottery shards, the remains of fires and even occasionally sacrificial skeletons still wearing their jewelry and other finery.
Belize Cave Tubing Tour: Your guide will lead you through a jungle trail rich in flora and fauna, at the end of the trail you will tube down the Caves Branch River system relaxing on inflated tubes, the gentle currents of the river will draw you through amazing caves and taverns.
Head lamps will be provided so that you don’t miss a thing including Mayan artifacts during this underworld adventure.