Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow) Caving
Extreme caving with descent into Xibalba
Join an experienced caving guide on a long, challenging hike through the jungle to Crystal Cave, also called “Mountain Cow” in honor of the tapir, the National Animal of Belize, where you will descend with ropes and explore a spectacular cave system.
You’ll be led through huge caverns adorned with spelothems and crystalline formations, artifacts of pottery, beads, obsidian blades and human skeletal remains that have been calcified in the limestone floor. Explore the realms of the underworld, Xibalba, where Maya shamans and priests became entranced to conduct ceremonies and rituals. Lunch is served in the cave.
Your adventure will be topped off by a visit to the Inland Blue Hole National Park, where you can relax and enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters before returning to the Lodge.
Departure: 8:00 am
Duration: Full day
Fitness Requirement: Very good. Challenging, fatiguing hike followed by long, very challenging cave.
Food Provided: Packed lunch (eaten in cave)
Dress: Short or long pants and sturdy footwear. You will be provided with hardhat and headlight.
What To Bring
Sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, swimwear for Blue Hole, raingear if needed. We provide water and towels.