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cave tubing #109527
10/17/05 09:27 PM
10/17/05 09:27 PM
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beachbum21 Offline OP
beachbum21  Offline OP
We will be first timers to AC in Nov. We are interested in taking a cave tubing/ruins tour, without the trip to the zoo. Do you know if any tour operators will do that? My other question concerns my 13 and 9 year old daughters. They are NOT adventurous, and I'm concerned about their ability to ride the fast is the water flow? how dark are the caves? Would my 9 year old be able to ride with an adult, or must she ride alone? Do you just ride with the flow, or do you have to navigate your tube through areas? If these questions can be answered, it will help us in deciding if we all will be taking this adventure, or if we should leave the apprehensive kids at the hotel with their grandma! (And save us a bundle of $$!) Thanks.

Re: cave tubing #109528
10/18/05 07:14 AM
10/18/05 07:14 AM
Joined: May 2005
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Frigin Cold Columbus, Ohio
Otteralum Offline
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Four weeks ago my wife and I did a trip to Xunantunich and cave tubing. We went with "Tuff E Nuff" and they were very good. You will regret not taking the girls (except for maybe the expense smile ) . It was a full day but not too much. The ruins hike is comfortable and not too strenuous. The tubing is not too fast at all. It'll knock you off your feet, but you don't feel out of control on the tube. You can stand-up nearly half the way. You really cannot steer incorrectly. Your 9-year old will likely be upset if she doesn't get her own tube. This is not whitewater rafting or anything like that. There is one stretch of caves that is completely dark for about 7-10 minutes. The guide will invite you to turn your lights off. Ask your guide before you get in to warn you when this is coming so you can all lock boats to ensure your girls don't feel uncomfortable. The cave formations are the best part of the trip, not the adventure part at all. You'll also enjoy the ride there through small towns. Ask lots of questions, there's a lot of great culture on the Western Highway. We missed doing Lamani which is the premier trip (as the board folks will tell you) -- but you cannot do anything else with that trip. Ahhhh, next time.

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Re: cave tubing #109529
10/18/05 10:21 AM
10/18/05 10:21 AM
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snorkelgirl Offline
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Hi beachbum,

I would say that as long as your girls are not generally afraid of the dark already, then it will be an enjoyable experience for them. The caves were quiet and cool and very relaxing. Sometimes the water is shallow (inches) and you have to do a "butts up" call to lift your abdomen out of the way to pass shallow areas (or maybe get out and walk a bit).

Our guides required life jackets for everyone for extra safety, but for experienced swimmers it is an added caution only. We stopped at a couple on pools outside caves for fun swimming in gorgeous water.

We had no problem keeping our group together.

We did have a bit of a hike carrying tubes and life jackets to the "put in" site. Perhaps different guides do that for you. But the walk through the jungle, on a well cleared trail was great. We went during dry season (April) and had no mosquito problem. Check and see if you need Deet in November.

We did Xunantunich (near Quatemala) for a Mayan trip. It's a small site but fascinating nontheless.

If your kids are hardy types, let them experience it all. Memories for a lifetime! Maybe for an "away from kids" date, a sunset cruise for you and your sweetie!

You're gonna have a blast, and you'll want to return!

Re: cave tubing #109530
10/18/05 03:16 PM
10/18/05 03:16 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 119
Connecticut, USA
SuzyQ Offline
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I would not skip the zoo! It's not a typical zoo like you would find in the states. It's small but I have never seen so many fat happy animals. I will be visiting again in May!

Re: cave tubing #109531
10/18/05 07:32 PM
10/18/05 07:32 PM
Joined: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,123
San Pedro& Indiana
indygal Offline
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I liked the zoo and cave tubing was a blast.

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.
Re: cave tubing #109532
10/23/05 05:39 PM
10/23/05 05:39 PM
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 264
Annapolis, MD
ArtZ SmartZ Offline
ArtZ SmartZ  Offline
Check out Black Rock lodge. You can hear the Howling monkeys in the Jungle at night. It's next to the Mecal river about 4 miles from Guatemalia.

ArtZ SmartZ
Re: cave tubing #109533
10/24/05 12:32 PM
10/24/05 12:32 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 4,672
Northern California
LaurieMar Offline
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I have done cave tubing with Tanisha, lunch at Jaugar Paw and the zoo. Loved it all.

Re: cave tubing #109534
10/24/05 05:24 PM
10/24/05 05:24 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 539
Denver, CO
Kristykins Offline
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HOw much does a trip cave tubing cost?

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