- Category: Tours
- Published on Sunday, 04 September 2011 15:43
- Written by Trys
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All in all, it’s an interesting day, perhaps all the more so because of the contrasting activities and the sense of symmetry: flying high and floating low, feeling the rush of air and the flow of water, the heat of the rainforest and the cool of the caves. The memories of this day will stay with you, perhaps in years to come to “flash upon the inward eye, which is the bliss of solitude” in a quiet moment, on a different part of the planet.
Cave Tubing tour in Belize only refers to a small part of the vast Caves Branch River Cave System. Specifically, it refers to a segment of the Caves Branch River that flows continuously through 3 different caves. The river flows unbroken through each cave tunnel, like a freeway tunnel you drive through. you’re on an inner tube floating along the river through the open jungle and cathedral caves. this 3 cave system is the only one where the river-caves form unbroken tunnels that you can float right through.
This river-cave system is called Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve and it is managed by the Institute of Archeology which is a part of the National Institute of Culture & History. Whether you’re visiting on a cruise ship and doing a cave tubing cruise shore excursion or are staying in a nearby resort doing a cave tubing tour, it is this 3 cave system that you will explore. The river gets a bit low or high during the dry and wet seasons respectively, but the tour can be done year round. It’s only after a big rainstorm when the river overflows that it’s not possible to go cave tubing. It’s a very easy and accessible tour that anyone can do. Over the years both young and old, as well as everyone in between, has gone cave tubing!
After a quick hike along the jungle you’ll reach the point in the river that leads into the first cave. The water is crystal clear with hues of blue and green that just invite you to jump in. The current in the river will glide you along this unforgettable experience. Along the way you’ll pass lush jungles and vine draped cliff walls. As you enter the pitch dark caves only your head lamp will light your way illuminating cathedral chambers and geological cave formations. Inside one of the caves the guide will have everyone turn their headlights off. at this moment, you will find yourself, but spirit only.