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Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave)
Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave)

Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave)

Blue Hole National Park, Belmopan, Belize, 5012

The basics

Ancient Mayans believed Crystal Cave to be the domain of their gods, earning it the name of Xibalba. Mayans said that this is the portal between the tangible human world and the invisible world of the gods, making it a significant site for ceremonies. Some tours include the opportunity to explore Crystal Cave in the water, as you can embark on a refreshing cave tubing journey, meandering along the waters of Xibalba and through an impressive Gothic chamber with hidden pottery dating back to AD 300. Calcite formations cover the floors, walls, and ceiling of the cave.

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Things to know before you go

  • Visitors should be in moderate physical health and able to withstand a lengthy hike over varying inclines.
  • Crystal Cave may not be suitable for travelers who suffer from claustrophobia or have a fear of the dark and tight passages.
  • Bring bug spray, sunblock, and a change of dry clothes, as you may get wet.
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How to get there

To get to Crystal Cave, you may have to start with a moderately challenging, 50-minute hike through lush rainforest and steep terrain. Depending on your entrance point, you then descend by rope for 15 feet (4.5 meters) to drop into the mouth of the cave. Guided tours offer round-trip transportation from San Ignacio, which is about an hour away by car.

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When to get there

Early December to mid-April is the dry season in Belize, making it the best time to visit if you plan to take part in outdoor adventures. But if you travel during the rainy season, Crystal Cave is usually open, even if Actun Tunichil Muknal (another popular caving excursion) is closed due to flooding.

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Belmopan

The capital of Belize, Belmopan, which is located about 20 minutes away from Crystal Cave, is a good home base for those travelers interested in participating in outdoor activities. Guided tours offering spelunking, cave tubing (floating down the river in a tube), horseback riding, and more are available from here.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave)?
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Attractions near Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave):
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What else should I know about attractions in San Ignacio?
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As well as visiting the Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: