Belize Culture Tours
Travel to one the most popular Mayan ceremonial caves in the maya world. Discovered in 1986 in western belize, mapped and studied by archaeologist from 1993. The cave has a full length of 5 km but the ceremonial area used by the mayan priest & shamans is 1 km from the entrance. Fourteen human remains have been found inside and 1100 ceramic objects. All bones and most ceramics have been completely covered by calcite from the drip water which has left them with a sparkling appearance especially the full extended skeleton called the ‘Crystal Maiden’. Drive 1 hour from San Ignacio then hike is 35 mins on a jungle trail. Swim once across a river then walk across shallows twice. Inside the dry zone where the artifacts and bones are located all persons need to remove all shoes and walk in socks to reduce damage. To see the Crystal Maiden you need to ascend a 13 ft ladder to reach the area known as the sepulcher. Time spent inside the cave is 2 ½ to 3 hrs. Get a in-depth look at Belize’s Mayan culture.
Departure:7:30 to 3:00pm
Distance: 1 ½ hr drive from San Ignacio
Duration: Full day
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
What to wear: Short or long pants and protective shoes
What to bring: Socks & an extra set of clothes.
Minimum of 2 persons.
Note Children under 10 are not allowed to do this tour.
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