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Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park

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San Ignacio, Belize

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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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Departure Point

San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Cayo

Traveler pickup is offered
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

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MayaWalk Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
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 travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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