St. Herman’s Cave & Inland Blue Hole National Park
St. Herman’s Cave is located about 500 meters from the Hummingbird Highway. The largest of the three known entrances to St. Herman’s Cave sits in a sinkhole 180 feet wide narrowing to a 60-foot wide entrance. Concrete steps cover stone steps once cut by the Maya. St. Herman’s is one of the few major Belize caves you can visit independently, but to explore deeper in the extensive cave system, with its huge caverns and classic Maya ceremonial chambers containing calcified skeletons and artifacts, you must have a guide.
The Inland Blue Hole is a cool, refreshing, and naturally beautiful place for a refreshing swim. The Blue Hole is actually a 25-foot deep sinkhole formed by the collapse of an underground limestone cave. The river running through the original cavern still flows through the cave system, and forms a sapphire-colored pool at the bottom of the cenote. The depression measures about 100-feet deep and 300 feet in diameter, with the actual blue hole at the depression’s base having a depth of about 25 feet.
The exposed section of the underground Cave Branch Creek tributary can be viewed for about 150 feet before it disappears again beneath the surface. Its cool, turquoise waters, surrounded by dense forest are overhung with mosses, vines and ferns.
A trail with markers has been placed within the cave. It’s about a half-mile through to the exit. Once inside, visitors can clamber over rocks and splash through the water, while admiring stunning cave formations. After exploring the cave, there is the option to hike a two-mile interpretive trail.
There are a number of other trails to hike within the park. Some of the unusual birds known to frequent this area include White Hawk, Spotted-Wood Quail, Crested Guans, Lovely Cotinga, Keel-Billed Toucans, Red-Legged Honey Creepers and Slaty-Tailed Trogons. (Incidentally, each of these species also frequents the Mariposa Jungle Lodge site.)
A stop at St. Herman’s or the Blue Hole is most convenient en route to or from Mariposa Jungle Lodge.
Departure: varies based on means of travel and related activities
Duration: 30-120 minutes at guest choice (half-day if to/from Mariposa Jungle Lodge)
Physical Fitness Requirement: Any
Food Included: Packed lunch
Dress: Comfortable walking shoes, swimwear for Blue Hole, protective lightweight clothes for St. Herman’s Cave and related hiking. Footgear should be comfortable for jungle hiking and possible slippery rocks.
What To Bring
Insect repellent, camera, Powerful flashlight for cave. We provide water and beach towels.