Getting to Barton Creek Cave
Barton Creek cave tour located approximately one hour away from San Ignacio town. In distance, it’s 26.6 kilometers using the shortest route to get there. Majority of the ride would be an off road travel as you pass through a few communities along the way. The most captivating of all being the upper Barton Creek Mennonite community. These people are of Amish lifestyle and experiencing the visually the historic way of their livelihood may enhance the knowledge of culture to visitors. However, you will also travel through other villages like Esperanza, a mixed culture community, and Georgeville, a community strong of African decent.
What’s it like on the Barton Creek Cave Tour?
The cave starts at 9:00 am from San Ignacio town. Guest staying outside of town will experience an earlier and longer day; for example guest staying at jungle lodges like Duplooy’s, Black Rock Lodge, and Chaa Creek to name a few. These accommodations are at least 15 – 60 minutes out of town. Therefore pickup would be at an earlier time so that all guest can leave San Ignacio town by 9:00 am. The Barton Creek Cave tour starts with the hour drive as explain earlier to get to the park parking lot. From here guest will be given their equipment like life vest, lamps, and paddles before boarding the canoes. Yes, Barton Creek Cave tour will be a cave canoeing adventure, a very unique one.
Why should you experience the Barton Creek Cave?
Many visitors surprisingly learnt that almost 1800 years ago the Mayans used Barton Creek Cave to conduct their ceremonies. It is suggested that based on the artifacts that was found in this water passage cave; explains that the Mayans had been utilizing the Barton Creek Cave from the Early Classic Period. Ranging from early as 200 A.D up to the Late Classic Period 900 A.D. Additionally, facts have revealed that approximately 28 humans buried within the Barton Creek Cave. In addition, visitors will experience the humongous stalagmite and stalactite that naturally design the inner walls and flooring of the Barton Creek Cave.
As a matter of fact guest can combine the Barton Creek Cave with some parts of the Mountain Pine Ridge. Particularly visiting places like the Rio On Pools, Big Rock Falls, or Even Zip lining.