When visiting Ambergris Caye, Belize, one of the highlights is being able to stretch out on the beautiful beaches and relax. After a few days of soaking up the sun, snorkeling and indulging in the laid-back lifestyle along the coast, you might be ready to get a rush by setting off on a mainland adventure.
Guests staying at the Exotic Caye Beach Resort can opt to take a mainland day trip full of cave tubing and even riding ATVs along old logging trails.
Drive All Terrain Vehicles in the Jungles of Belize
The day starts by traveling as a group to Belize City, where guests will set off on a 40-minute drive out of the capital and toward Gracie Rock Village, which is home to the stunning Peccary Hills National Park.
This area was once a hotspot for logging, but many of the prized mahogany trees have been replaced over the last century. However, the 100-year-old logging trails still remain, making the perfect roads for your ATV to travel. All members of the group will participate in a short briefing that explains how all terrain vehicles work as well as how to stay safe when driving.
Once helmets and other protective gear are on, you can take off on your own ATV and explore the trails until you're ready for the Mayan caves and part two of the day's adventure.
Tube Through Ancient Mayan Caving Systems
The Mayan people believed that caves were a lot more than just holes in the ground. They served as the way to connect mortals to an underground world, and they were considered to be sacred.
For that reason, many caves in Belize contain archaeological remains and ruins, and even visitors occasionally find shards of ancient pottery while exploring. After a 30-minute drive to the Caves Branch National Park, the group will set off together on a brief hike that takes you to the mouth of the enormous caving system.
The Caves Branch River flows right through parts of the cave, meaning that you can ride an inflatable tube in near darkness for a serious thrill. Along the way, your tour guide will explain about the flow of the currents in the cave, provide you with flashlights to spot stalactites and pinpoint proof of Mayan culture throughout.
Transport, Costs and Restrictions
If you're excited about the idea of this incredible mainland tour, you'll be happy to know that it departs right from the Exotic Caye Beach Resort. All transport is provided. The minimum number of participants needed to guarantee a full day tour is four, and the maximum number of participants on any given tour is 20.
The total cost for the entire day is $155 USD per person, which should be paid before departure. ATVs can only be driven by those over the age of 16 or those who have a valid driver's license.
For the ultimate rush and an incredible way to see mainland Belize, a tour full of cave tubing and ATV riding could definitely be the answer. Learn more about things to do in Belize.