Barton Creek Cave

Background Information

Barton Creek Cave is a stream cave which was used by the ancient Mayans as a burial site. The cave was discovered in 1970 and was later studied by archaeologists in 1998. Many ancient Mayan artefacts and human skeletons from ritual activities are found in the cave. The Barton Creek Tour is one of the most relaxing canoe experiences. We will travel inside an ancient water way canopied by cathedral ceilings and observe numerous formations of stalagmites and stalactites.

Your tour starts at 8:00am and departs to Barton Creek, it is a 45-minute drive of scenic views of towns and village life of the Cayo District. When entering Baron Creek, we will unwind to a peaceful atmosphere of the traditional Mennonite Community. At the site we will gear up, board the canoes and venture into the underworld. 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 still to be discovered. After emerging from the cave, we end the half day tour with a swim enjoying some fruits and snack before we head back to town. 

Things to Know

Opening Hours of Barton Creek: 7am- 5pm

Estimated time of tour: Approximately 6 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
  • Admission fee
  • Tour guide
  • Equipment & Gear
  • Helmets
  • Bottled water
  • Snack
  • 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