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We were booked at Caves Branch for 7 nights starting Nov.1 and htey just e-mailed today and said they will be clsoed and are refunding our deposit. We chose them because of the tours they offered. We were particularly interested in the waterfall cave tour (which only they do, I think), ATM tour, Black Hole Drop and visiting Tikal and Xunantunich.

Other options I have found with similar tours we would want so far are Maya Mountain Lodge, Black Rock Lodge, and Duplooys Jungle Lodge. Any thoughts on these, or others I should look into?


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The ATM tour, Tikal & Xunantunich you can do from any of the other lodges. Hidden Valley Inn has the largest number of waterfalls on site but not sure any of them are caves (but possibly - there are caves in that area). The Black Hole Drop is only at Caves Branch but there is other rappelling available at Jaguar Paw Resort or on the waterfalls at Che Chem Hah Cave, and other sinkholes in the area. Some specialty tour guides in the San Ignacio area can take you rappelling but are not always particularly reliable. The best one is Patrick Warrior and you can call him at 011-501-606-7714 or email him at [email protected]. I used to book him but don't really anymore. Feel free to contact me for more info on any of this.

Hmmm...wonder why Caves Brach would be closed in Nov - must be adding on or renovating...

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They said they would be closed Sept 1 thru Nov. 15 to renovate their older rooms, add some rooms rooms and put in a pool.

We are looking at DiPlooys now. They have tours we'd like and also a Tikal overnight which Cave's Branch didn't offer.

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duPlooys is great. Can't go wrong there.

A POOL at Caves Branch??? They've sure changed their tune over the years.

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barb knows her stuff - if you have questions, ASK HER!!

duPlooy's is great - we were there last year.

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