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Barton Creek Cave
Barton Creek Cave

Barton Creek Cave

Free admission
San Ignacio, Belize

The Basics

During guided tours of the cave, you will navigate using a headlight to illuminate the crystal formations and dangling stalactites, while learning about its ceremonial history. Tours typically end with a refreshing dip in the creek. Inside the cave, Maya ceramics are found high up on ledges, along with human bones, including a child’s skull. Though much of the cave remains unexplored, many artifacts, including pottery and jewelry, have been discovered there.

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Half-Day Barton Creek Cave with Optional Zipline, Butterfly Farm Or Rock Falls
Half-Day Barton Creek Cave with Optional Zipline, Butterfly Farm Or Rock Falls
star-4.5
$128.21 per adult
Traveler Favorite
We had a great time experiencing the Beauty of Belize
Tour was great! Everyone was nice and the views were amazing. Zip lining was a blast and jungle was beautiful. Dennis and William made us feel very safe and they were so professional. Our tour guide Giovanny was so informative, very nice guy. Highly recommend!
Luis_R, May 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Ignacio

star-4
Great service
Gina_L, Mar 2022
Xunantunich Maya Pyramid and Barton Creek Cave canoeing combo
Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We were picked up on time in a nice vehicle. I love that our guide was flexible and switched the order of the trips based on the weather to give us the best experience. The cave was really neat and a unique experience but I did crave a little more adventure and opportunity to be a more active participant. The Ruins were amazing but plan for a slower pace to absorb all the information the guides have to share. Would definitely recommend the tour company for good service and reliability.
star-5
Caye Inland Expeditions
ahardy1115, Feb 2020
Xunantunich Maya Pyramid and Barton Creek Cave canoeing combo
Victor was the best guide we ever had! Such an amazing trip! We even saw a bunch of howler monkeys at the ruins.
star-5
BEST TOUR GUIDE EVER. Fascinating cave tour!!
Ashley_P, Dec 2020
Barton Creek Tour
Rudy was one of the most knowledgeable and kind people I’ve ever met. When he picked us up, he spent the entire drive to Barton Creek teaching us about the ecology of the jungle, about local culture, and about Mayan history. Every question we asked, he had an answer and often a story. Once we arrived at the cave, Rudy told us captivating Mayan creation stories that explained why the Mayans adventured into the caves and held the beliefs they did. His narration was so enrapturing that our entire group was silent for most of the tour. We saw several Mayan ceramics and one skull in the cave. Once we left the cave, we swam in the blue hole outside which was an absolute blast. I would 100% do this tour again, especially if Rudy was our guide.
star-5
Secluded and private
Tessa_J, Dec 2019
Barton Creek Tour
This is one of the least frequent activities around San Ignacio, and so there is a chance you'll be one of the only people on site. To get there, you'll have to travel on a dirt road across the Mennonite territory. Because of the road conditions and limited interest, we were escorted in a pickup truck and given what was pretty much a private tour. The cave was beautiful, and there are Mayan cultural remains you can spot from the canoe. Our tour guide, Rudy, had a hypnotic way of describing the cave environment, geology, and Mayan mythology. If you're looking for something like the ATM cave but would prefer not to have to go through the entire adventurous ordeal of hiking, wading, swimming, and enduring hours in soaking wet clothes, this is the perfect place to experience it!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • This is not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia or fear of the dark.

  • Wear swimwear and bring a change of clothes and a towel.

  • Some tours combine a visit to the cave with ziplining, or a stop at the butterfly farm and botanical garden or Big Rock Falls.

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How to Get There

All visitors to Barton Creek Cave are required to be accompanied by a guide. Tours are available from San Ignacio and usually include round-trip transportation. Equipment and guides are also available at the cave entrance without pre-booking. The cave is located east of San Ignacio on the Western Highway, off Chiquibul Road. It is difficult to reach in a standard rental car; 4WD vehicles are recommended.

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When to Get There

Depending on the conditions, a cave tour can cover 1 or 2 miles (1.6 to 3.2 kilometers) in the rainy season or as much as 4.5 miles (7.25 kilometers) when water levels are lower. Belize’s dry season takes place from late November to mid-April. Some half-day tours offer a choice between a morning or afternoon departure time.

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Actun Tunichil Muknal

For a more intense cave experience, Actun Tunichil Muknal offers an adventure that requires a rain forest hike, three river crossings, swimming, and clambering over rocks as you wade through tunnels and passageways lined with stalactites and stalagmites. Although ATM is basically next to Barton Creek Cave, it’s a 45-minute drive to go there due to the lack of highways in Belize.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Barton Creek Cave?
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