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#14772 - 02/25/02 08:30 PM Caving  
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I plan to travel to Belize in may for two weeks. I would like to know what the best caving/river adventure is. I enjoy hiking and I am looking for an adventure that will fit in my student budget. Also how is the weather in May...it is the only time I can go this year.

#14773 - 02/25/02 10:45 PM Re: Caving  
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Schmede,
We are planning a caving trip in late June with the Adventure Lodge in Caves Branch with Ian Anderson. The following books speak highly of the entire outfit: The Rough Guide to Belize by Peter Eltringham and Belize Adventures in Nature by Richard Mahler.
Check out there website at www.cavesbranch.com

Make sure you go with a guide that is certified in Cave and Wilderness Rescue.

They list accomodations that range from simplest to luxury.
Check them out.
Lynn

#14774 - 02/25/02 11:50 PM Re: Caving  
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I think that one of the best cave trips in Belize right now is the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave adventure.

There is a good review of it at:
http://www.bzetraveler.com/Jungle%20cave.htm

Dave

#14775 - 02/26/02 04:55 AM Re: Caving  
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Here's a reprint of a post, I made a week or two ago on this part of the board. This cave was the Actun Tunichil Muknal.

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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.


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#14776 - 03/07/02 09:25 PM Re: Caving  
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I don't know about the caving tours, but I am planning on going this May when I am in AC. I was there last May (early May for 8 days) and the weather was the best. It only rained once, on the morning I left. You will have a blast! Also, May is good because it is the start of the low season and prices drop.


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