Barton Creek and Big Rock Falls

Background Information

Barton Creek Cave is a stream cave located near San Ignacio in the Cayo District. It was used by ancient Mayan people for ceremonial purposes and it was discovered in 1970 and studied by archeologists in 1998. As you enter Barton creek, you will enjoy the scenery of the Mennonite Community and their traditional lifestyle. During the tour you will see sparkling crystal formation and learn about the Mayan history, archaeology and geology. The tour consists of exploring 1 mile of the massive 4.5 long cave which is yet to be discovered.

After exploring the Barton Creek Cave, you will enjoy a delicious Belizean Cuisine picnic style before we head to the Big Rock Falls.

Big Rock Falls is a hidden gem located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve flowing over the Privassion Creek. It is a large cenote surrounded by big rocks and a small pool at the bottom. It takes about 1 ½ hr. from San Ignacio Town to the 150 ft waterfall. Upon reaching, there is a trail of about 300 yards and 130 FT down to meet the valley. You will be welcomed by the roar of the cascading waterfall and cool mist and captivated by this secret paradise natural beauty.

The waterfall is all yours, soak in the sound of nature and lookout for wildlife they are often seen roaming around the forest. You can climb boulders and plunge into the pool below or relax under the water fall and enjoy a water massage before heading back to town.

Things to Know

Opening Hours of Barton Creek & Big Rock: 7am- 5pm

Estimated time of tour: Approximately 8 hours

Experience: No previous canoe experience is required.

Height:  Minimum 40 inches

(If your child is under 40 inches, we have other tours to offer if you are planning your daily activity as a family.  Contact us for details.)

Meeting / Pickups

Meetings/Pick ups

  • Hotel 


  • Local souvenir vendor

Tour Package Includes

  • Tour of Barton Creek & Big Rock Falls
  • Admission fee
  • Tour guide
  • Equipment & Gear
  • Helmets
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch (Dietary restrictions can be accommodated)
  • Towel

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Cash to buy items from local vendors along the way
  • Swim suit to bathe
  • Extra clothing to change

What to Wear

Belize has hot and humid temperatures year-round. If you are unsure of what the weather might be like when you are visiting, a good recommendation is:

  • Comfortable dry fit clothing (you will be in a canoe during the tour)
  • Water Shoe