One of the activities that you can enjoy in Belize is the tubing: let yourself slide through the gentle currents of the river on a tire. In the Caves Branch you cross the Sibun River that goes into caves, the Mayan underworld.

It has the largest cave system in Central America. There are many activities that take place in caverns and rivers: abseiling, caving, tubing, rafting. At Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch National Park is one of the most demanded in Belize: the cave tubing.

Nohoch Che'en National Park Branch caves tubing cave

Caves Branch River Cave System is one of the most fascinating cave systems in Belize. The stretch of Branch Caves They provide the perfect setting to do tubing: You can slide on a tire down the river between the wonderful jungle. The incentive of this tremendous route are the caves you must cross.

Nohoch Che'en National Park Branch caves tubing cave
Nohoch Che'en National Park Branch caves tubing cave

Tubing tour through the Caves Branch

The long route consists of 5 caves and a total of 7 kilometers. Two of these caves are managed by Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, one of the pioneers of the place and the only ones who offer the complete tour. With the other specialized guides in the area they offer you the one with 3 caves. From the entrance parking lot to Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve, you must walk about 30 minutes to the point of departure from the river.

Why are Branch Caves an archeological area?

In the caverns, several Mayan relics have been found that show burials and ceremonies. In the worldview of the Maya, the caves, caverns, cenotes, caves ... are the entrances to the underworld, the one from the underworld. This world Underground, Along the earthly y heavenly, is an inseparable part of a whole, the Mayan Universe, formed by these three great levels that are subdivided at the same time. In this underground world, known as the underworld or xibalbá, initiatory rites and ceremonies are made, as the Mayans have always done.

Belize Ritual Caves by Patricia Austin published by FAMSI. Open here.

Nohoch Che'en National Park Branch caves tubing cave
Nohoch Che'en National Park Branch caves tubing cave

So, in addition to enjoying a fantastic tour of tubing cave Through the jungle, you can approach this Mayan world. There are guides who offer to stop and walk through the caves. It is worth it to crawl through the muddy ground to know the entrails and treasures of this place.

Nohoch Che'en National Park Branch caves tubing cave

All the Branch Caves they are half a day of leisurely adventure of the most enriching: you walk, you visit caves and you make tubing, an activity that since I made it for the first time years ago, it seemed something to repeat wherever I went. Tire and enjoy the landscape!

Cave tubing in the Caves Branch 1

Caves Branch-tubing, nature

LOCATION: Nohoch Che'en National Park is located on the stretch between Belmopan and San Ignacio. Take the detour in Georville from the Chiquibul Road circular road. A few 25 minutes by dirt road to the entrance to the Park.

SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: from 8 to 16 daily hours. There are services at the entrance. Rental of equipment, guides and other activities that are done as canopy. If you go by private car, in the deviation of the main road there are several specialized guides offering their services. You must go with a mandatory guide.

HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Unfortunately, it is difficult to handle public transport. The agencies offer half-day tours to the place.

WHAT TO BRING?Swimsuit and closed shoes that can get wet. Rent them if you do not have them. A shirt that can be wet to protect you from the sun helps you. Underwater camera.

Good way,

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