Caving at Calico Jack’s Village in Belize

Begin your journey back through time as you enter the amazing realm of Belize’s cave system. Belize’s cave system is the largest in Central America and caving in Belize offers you an opportunity to explore the world and ways of the Maya and geographical processes that shaped the region.

Caves are inextricably linked to the history of Belize and the Maya. Caves were fundamental to the religion of the Maya. Vapor clouds forming at the mouths of the caves suggested to the Maya that these were the places where wind and clouds were born. Here dwelled the gods of nature, and caves were the portal between the tangible world and the invisible world of the gods—a place called Xibalba. It was here at the mouths of the caves as well as deep within the recesses that the Maya performed their sacred rituals.

In many of the caves you will find large chambers and underground rivers.

Caving at Calico Jack’s Village

There are five caves on the grounds, and two have been enhanced in line with safety protocols and government preservation and conservation rules.

Explore Calico Jack’s ceremonial caves—Bega One(Valley 1) and Box-Tunich (Stone box). After exhilarating hikes to each of these caves, view crystal formations over 5,000,000 years old casting shadows into the black abyss as you experience the most sacred area of the ancient Maya. These caves are a living museum where the past can be experienced in its natural historical location.

Highlights of Bega One Cave are a replica of a Mayan Calendar seen in the cave and an altar used for sacred rituals.

The beauty of Box-Tunich lies in its extensive polychrome pottery remnants, the ancient formations (speleoteam) with the secondary calcium carbonate and a sacred ceremonial chamber.

Many caves prove a challenge to the experienced spelunker, but the caves on Calico Jack’s grounds have been enhanced for safety. Beginners as well as seasoned spelunkers can access and enjoy them.