The Maya believed that caves served as a connection between the living world and underworld. Our guide takes us into the Barton Creek cave system, one of Belize’s most extensive, with over 4 miles of underground tunnels. The cave was formed by the Barton Creek and so we explore by canoe equipped with high powered lights amongst giant stalactites, stalagmites, and impressive calcite crystal formations. Learn about the rituals that archaeologists believe were performed here and the cave’s importance to the ancient Maya people.
After lunch, we settle into the van for one of the most scenic drives in Belize as you travel along the Hummingbird Highway through the Maya Mountains to Hopkins on the Caribbean Coast. Our next stop is the tranquil South Water Caye Marine Reserve and your home for the remaining days of your Belizean vacation. Kick off your shoes, unpack and settle into your beach cabana located on South Water Caye, a private 15 acre island located right on the Belize Barrier Reef. Step outside your door to see wonderful ocean views and pristine white sands. Head out snorkeling directly from the beach, grab a fishing pole and try your hand at catching snapper, permit or maybe a tarpon. Whichever way you choose to spend your days you can always simply relax in a hammock under the swaying palms and let your cares drift away. Overnight at Pelican Beach Resort South Water Caye.