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San Ignacio, Belize
Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park

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Discover some of Belize’s top natural attractions with ease on an 8.5-tour of Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave) in the Blue Hole National Park from San Ignacio. Following a moderately challenging hike, you’ll descend to Xibalba, the reputed entrance to the Mayan underworld, and marvel at stalagmites, stalactites, and crystal formations. Plus, you’ll swim in the Blue Hole and enjoy a hearty lunch accompanied by rum punch.
  • 8.5-hour hiking tour of Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave) from San Ignacio
  • A challenging trek suited to active travelers
  • Enjoy the scenery of the famous Blue Hole National Park
  • Descend to Xibalba, believed by Mayans to be the entrance to the underworld
  • Marvel at stalagmites, stalactites, and crystal formations while exploring Crystal Cave
  • Lunch and rum punch are included
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Use of helmet and headlamps
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water bottle and snacks
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San Ignacio , San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Cayo

Directions: MayaWalk Tours Main Office located between Tandoor Restaurant and Belize Bank Return point: Returns to original departure point

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This activity will end right where it started.Pick ups from all locations in Belize can be arranged. There may be an additional charge so please contact us if pick up is needed. . Departure Point for most tours: Downtown San Ignacio Address: MayaWalk Tours Main Office 19 Burns Avenue San Ignacio Town Cayo District Belize, Central America Directions: MayaWalk Tours Main Office located between Tandoor Restaurant and Belize Bank Return point: Returns to original departure point
Your hiking tour begins with pickup from MayaWalk Tours office, located on Burns Avenue in San Ignacio, at 8am. Following a 1-hour drive along the Hummingbird Highway — typified by orange orchards, pineapple plantations, and rainforests — you’ll arrive at the entrance of the Blue Hole National Park.

After a 1-hour hike through the rainforest, you’ll rappel 15 feet (4.5 meters) into the entrance of Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave) and embark on a challenging descent to Xibalba, believed by Mayan civilization to be the entrance to the underworld.

Explore the cave, marveling at crystal formations, stalactites, and stalagmites, and discovering century-old carvings, pottery, and relics.

Once you’ve emerged from the cave, you’ll refuel with a hearty homemade lunch and a dip in the refreshing waters of the famous Blue Hole. Your tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point in San Ignacio.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Crystal Cave
Leave San Ignacio in the morning to start your day tour with the drive toward Belmopan and the scenic Hummingbird Highway, crossing the green mountains while passing by orange orchards, pineapple plantations, and rainforest-draped valleys along the way. Your destination is Blue Hole National Park, a protected and accessible area managed by the Belize Audubon Society. It's also home to Crystal Cave, known locally as Mountain Cow Cave, an otherworldly natural wonder located deep in the jungle in the heart of the park.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Blue Hole National Park
After a 50-minute hike through the tropical forest with your guide, you'll reach the entry point where you'll rappel 15 feet (4.5 meters) into the vast entrance of the cave. Traverse its large chambers, sliding down mud ramps and scrambling along rocks. This is a challenging descent into Xibalba, what the Maya believed was the realms of the underworld. Your guide shows you the shimmering formations in the cave, along with artifacts and skeletal remains of sacrificial victims from ancient Maya ceremonies. This tour is physically demanding but well worth the effort to walk in the footsteps of Maya ritual leaders and see the evidence of their sacred rites with your own eyes. After your cave exploration, refuel with a hearty homemade lunch and soft drinks, and take a swim in the cool waters of the Blue Hole, a deep sinkhole filled with rain and spring water, known as a cenote. Your tour then ends with return to San Ignacio.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • What to bring: Hiking sandals or sneakers, change of clothes, small backpack, 1 liter of water, bug spray, snacks, and swimwear with shorts
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
  • OPERATED BY MayaWalk Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Tough but great
Jesse_W
, Jun. 2022
Our guide, Marcus, was great. His knowledge of the jungle, the cave, and Mayan culture really added to the experience. After completing ATM we wanted more of a challenge, and Crystal Cave fit the bill. A totally different experience than ATM, this cave was much more difficult to explore, but the rock formations inside were more rewarding. I am 6' 2", 185lb, and parts of this cave were very tight to fit through. I would NOT suggest this if you push past 250lb. The walk through the jungle was much more scenic than the walk to ATM, the trail is less trodden, and wildlife was more abundant. You can also take pictures inside this cave, unlike ATM. The lunch afterward was great, trust me, you will work up an appetite. We were both covered in mud so the final stop at the Blue Holde was needed. The water was refreshing and made for a great 30 min break.

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