Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

ATM CaveExperience the essence of a meditative ambience as you glide on a canoe through an underground cave system as the sound of the paddle on the peaceful waters harmonizes with your heartbeat. While canoeing through the cave see large crystalline formations, skeletal remains and other cultural artifacts.

Barton Creek Cave Hidden within this small Community of Barton Creek, are the remnants of an ancient Mayan civilization, waiting to be explored in the cool, watery underground caverns of Barton Creek Cave. A visit to Barton Creek Cave involves paddling canoes along an ancient Mayan waterway inside the mountain. It is believed that the Mayas once used Barton Creek cave as a center for ritualistic activities including human sacrifices, bloodletting rituals, agricultural rituals and possibly fertility rites. While canoeing through the cave, see large and colorful formations, skeletal remains and other cultural artifacts left behind by the Mayas centuries ago. Speleothems, or cave formations, further compliment the Barton Creek Caves experience. This once sacred Maya cave awaits visitors who are looking to experience the magical Mayan realm of Xibalba (the underworld).



Barton Creek is for those who want to see a cave but you don’t want to hike, swim or climb around, but you still want to see a cave.  We drive from San Ignacio around 45 min to an hour passing through a traditional Mennonite village.  The drive is an adventure by itself, it is very scenic and passing through the village we can see and learn about how Mennonites survive without any modern technology.  Shortly after the village we drive through the Barton Creek River getting to the cave entrance.  Then walking three minutes the guide will get the canoes ready, the canoes are three sitters and the guide sets a car battery with spot lights and paddle into the cave.   As we gently paddle through the cave the guide will interpret about the Mayan history and the important ritual and ceremonies that took place in ancient times.  As we continue paddling we will encounter challenges like ducking or bending to the sides, any one can do this adventure.  Total time we spend in the cave is around two hours. Paddling in to a certain point then back out again.   We can call this a half day tour or we can also combine it with and amazing waterfall in the mountain pine ridge or a zip line tour.

Time: 9:00AM/1:00PM to 1:00PM/5:00PM (4 hours)

Things to bring: Comfortable clothes, Cameras, Mosquito repellant, Snacks
Private Tour includes: Entrance fee, water, snack, tour guide, beer, sodas, equipment, and transportation


Phone: 011 (501) 600-9192  or  011 (501) 670-0746