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Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave) Tours and Activities

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Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave)
Crystal Cave, also known as Mountain Cow Cave, is located within the Blue Hole National Park near Belmopan, Belize’s capital city. To get to Crystal Cave, you may have to start with a moderately challenging, 50-minute hike through lush rain forest and steep terrain. Depending on your entrance point, you then descend by rope for 15 feet to drop into the mouth of the cave.

Ancient Mayans believed this to be the domain of their gods, earning it the name of Xibalba. Mayans said this is the portal between the tangible human world and the invisible world of the gods. Sacred rituals and important ceremonies were once performed here, and visitors today will see remnants such as ceremonial bowls, pots, and even skeletal remains from sacrificial victims. 

Crystal Cave is also full of natural wonders including unique rock formations, massive stalagmites and crystal clusters, a major attraction. The calcite formations cover the floors, walls, and ceiling of Crystal Cave. Some tours include the opportunity to explore Crystal Cave in the water, as you can embark on a refreshing cave tubing journey as you meander along the waters of Xibalba and through an impressive Gothic chamber with hidden pottery dating back to 300 AD.

Practical Info

Visitors to Crystal Cave should be in moderate physical health and able to withstand a lengthy hike over varying inclines. Crystal Cave may not be for travelers who have a fear of dark and tight passages. Bring bug spray, sunblock, and a change of dry clothes, as you may get wet.
Address: Blue Hole National Park, Belmopan 5012, Belize
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Private Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park Day Trip from San Ignacio

Private Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park Day Trip from San Ignacio

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Explore the mysteries of the Mayan underworld with an expedition to Crystal Cave in Belize’s Blue Hole National Park. On this full-day trip from San Ignacio, a professional guide will lead you along a lush jungle trail to the cave entrance, where you’ll spelunk your way through glistening limestone formations and encounter ceremonial artifacts left behind by the ancient Maya. When you emerge back into the daylight, take a refreshing dip in the beautiful Blue Hole, a natural sinkhole surrounded by towering tropical forest. Lunch and round-trip transport from San Ignacio are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
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$140.00
Price varies by group size
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Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park

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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.36
Price varies by group size
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$124.36
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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