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Barton Creek Cave, Cayo

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Paddle through and explore the mystical Barton Creek Cave, an ancient site used by the Mayans for burial and ceremonial purposes. The jade-colored water runs for 6.4 km (4 mi) inside the caves surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. You can spend time paddling for more than an hour with a spotlight discovering rock flows and cathedral chambers. Observe Mayan pottery shards and the bone remains of more than 28 humans dating back to 200 CE. Watch for bats inside the caves as well. Arrange your visit to Barton Creek Cave and discover more family-friendly attractions in Santa Elena using our Santa Elena travel itinerary maker.
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  • Be sure to take the correct road ( the one between the town of Ontario and San Ignacio with the signs showing Barton creek cave. There is another road with good so age on the west side of San Ignacio ...  read more »
  • A little difficult to access but the site worth it. Boat ride (the guide manages the oars and we lighting and photos) cool, to visit this cave full of Mayan ruins alas today little visible. The guide will teach you many things (if you speak English) and it is rather funny. We also meet plenty of bald mice and you end up visiting the cave which is pretty impressive. All lasts an hour, with the possibility to enjoy the restaurant on-site.
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  • If you can survive the long, bumpy drive to get to this gem, you will be glad you visited. As the previous reviewer mentioned - there are 2 roads to get to this cave. Both are off the Western Hwy, but...  read more »
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