Crystal Cave is considered one of the top 10 crystal caves in the world. The trek through the jungle path leading to the cave entrance will be through a portion of Belize’s vast Broad Leaf Forest. The hiking is considered moderate with some small slopes and generally takes approximately 45 minutes.
Arriving at the cave entrance, the excitement begins as we start our journey into “Xibalba”, tactically around columns and crystalline formations with the help of the guide-at times nearly crawling past the calcite formations as you enter through a narrow, and at times-steeply descending pathway. Once inside the main cave, you will find yourself surrounded by an amazing crystal cave that was used by ancient Maya shamans (priests) for ritual ceremonies that were performed thousands of years ago. Fire pits, exposing the ashes of ancient fires; charcoal pieces; beads; obsidian knives; ceramics & broken pottery; a human skeleton – calcified in the limestone floor- all evidence of the flourishing ancient Maya civilization.
The spectacular crystal formations that cover the floors, walls and ceiling which are all calcite are everywhere- creating a brilliant splash of nearly blinding intensity. The formations- created centuries before are astounding.
Your guide will explain the geology of the cave as well as the Mayan history and will detail some of the ancient ceremonies held inside the caves like this one. Bloodletting & human sacrifice are among the most common ceremonies of the Maya. The underworlds (caves) were very sacred to them for this and other reasons. In some instances, the caves were also the burial grounds for their dead.
Tour includes lunch and all needed equipment.
RECOMMENDED AGE: 12+
DURATION: 8 Hours (approx.)
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR:
- Hiking boots/trainers
- Long Pants and shirt (Quick Dry Material)
- change of clothes
- small backpack
- liter of water
- bug spray
- swim wear w/ shorts