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Caves Branch - need advice #14500
01/29/02 06:12 PM
01/29/02 06:12 PM
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Portland, OR
IslandJunkie Offline OP
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Hey all,

I'm gearing up for another trip to Belize. Of course, I'll spend most of my time on AC, but want to check out Ian Anderson's place. For those of you who have been there, what would be the most highly recommended day-long adventures you have done? We're considering the black hole drop, cave tubing (there seem to be two or three options), and the night-time jungle safari.

Any others we should consider? Something we should steer clear of? What about the lodging there? Any input appreciated!


Re: Caves Branch - need advice #14501
01/29/02 07:11 PM
01/29/02 07:11 PM
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Eugene, OR, USA
KC Offline
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IJ -
yes. steer clear of mosquitos carrying bot fly larva.


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Re: Caves Branch - need advice #14502
01/29/02 07:16 PM
01/29/02 07:16 PM
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Omaha, NE
Suzan Offline
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Do the Black Hole Drop and cave tubing. Smooth communications in all media
Re: Caves Branch - need advice #14503
01/29/02 09:37 PM
01/29/02 09:37 PM
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silver spring, Md US
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We did the Cave Tubing and loved it! We enjoyed our day trip so much, we will be staying at Caves Branch in April when we come for our 2nd visit. I heard that the Black Hole Drop was not to be missed, and that the waterfall cave trip was a favorite.

Re: Caves Branch - need advice #14504
02/06/02 11:39 PM
02/06/02 11:39 PM
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oregon, spr
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we did cave tubing and the black hole drop, both were great. the black hole drop was also nice cause it was a couple hour hike thru the jungle getting there. we really enjoyed that too.

was a great place, Ian Anderson's you will love it.

Re: Caves Branch - need advice #14505
02/07/02 01:06 AM
02/07/02 01:06 AM
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The caving that I did was not through Ian Anderson's so I'll apologize now, if he doesn't offer this excursion. That said, I also can't remember the name of the cave and I'm too lazy to go look it up, so I'll just tell you about it.

There is a 45 minute easy hike through the jungle. Quite beautiful, you wade across a stream about 3 times as it winds along and it gets you all warmed up for the cave. Eventually, you arrive at the mouth of the cave which is also the head of the stream that you've been wading across. There are great moss covered rocks near the cavernous entrance. It is very beautiful. You enter the water and swim in about 15'in approx. 15'of water until you are inside the cavernous entrance to the cave. Then you clamber up on a rock ledge. Your adventure has begun. There is a lot of hiking, wading, a little climbing and as you go you will encounter many beautiful caverns and chambers containing large stallactites, stallagmites, crystal falls and formations of immense magnitude and beauty. Further in you will begin to encounter the evidence of Mayan presence and artifacts that have been undisturbed since around 700 A.D. This all culminates in the deepest highest chamber, wherein lies the fully crystalized skeleton of a young female sacrificial victim.

When I started out on this trek it was with some misgivings. However, I have been exhilarated ever since. I highly recommend this cave experience.

A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: Caves Branch - need advice #14506
02/10/02 09:31 AM
02/10/02 09:31 AM

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Re: Caves Branch - need advice #14507
02/12/02 12:17 PM
02/12/02 12:17 PM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 322
Portland, OR
IslandJunkie Offline OP
IslandJunkie  Offline OP
Thanks, everyone for your pearls of wisdom! I can't wait to experience all this!!!!!! (Then, of course, head off to AC where I will spend my time swimmin' with the fishies and lolly-gaggin' around town. 3 months & counting (every minute).


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