Fun things to do in Cayo District

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    St. Herman's Cave

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St. Herman's cave is part of the Blue Hole National Park. It is located 400 meters from the Hummingbird Highway. We elected not to walk from the Blue Hole. It is a large sinkhole, 60 meters wide, funneling to a 20 meter entrance to the cave. Concrete steps, constructed over the steps made by the Maya who used the cave during the Classic Period (0- 900A.D.), lead into the darkness. As the cave is approached, a surge of cool, damp air can be felt, contrasting to the high temperatures outside which fogged up my camera lenses and my glasses.

    St. Herman's Cave is a part of a lattice of sink holes, caverns and creeks that riddle the area. We used a dive light as a flashlight, but we didn't go back much beyond the entrance as we didn't have a guide.

    From the website: "The cave has archaeological importance. Pottery vessels, used for the collection of "Zuh uy Ha" or virgin water from cave drippings, along with spears and torches, have been removed from St. Herman's Cave for study by the Department of Archaeology in Belmopan. Thanks to the Belize Government, permission has been granted to BHNP visitors, admitting them to St. Herman's Cave without the usual permits required for entering caves. Permission must still be obtained from the Department of Archaeology to enter Mountain Cow and Petroglyph Caves, which are beyond the border of BHNP."

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    St. Herman's Cave

    by ymike2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This cave is one of the highlights of the Blue Hole National Park. You can venture a good 1/4 mile into the cave on a clearly marked path. A small admission fee is charged at the entrance, and don't forget to rent a flashlight as well.

    The park is maintained by the Belize Audubon Society. It contains over 250 species of birds and other animals. Unfortunately one of those animals is the mosquito, so be prepared with insect repellent.

    Two trails lead up to the cave, the "high" and the "low". Neither is a very long hike. The high requires some climbing, but gives a much better view of the surrounding area. Take the high trail if it's been raining - the low trail is prone to flooding.

    When we arrived at the steps leading to the cave, a park employee was sweeping them. It's nice to see the admission fee was going right back into the park :-)

    You can also camp in the Blue Hole National Park, but we just spent a morning here so I can't report on the campgrounds.

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    Blue Hole National Park

    by ymike2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    At the second entrance to the park (the first one leading to St. Herman's Cave) you find a stairway that will take you to the actual "blue hole".

    It's a pool, about 30 feet in diameter (9 meters). Most of the pool is very shallow, except for the collapsed sinkhole which causes the blue color. The hole is estimated to be 100 feet deep but the locals will swear it's bottomless, leading to caves that eventually empty out into the ocean 20 miles east.

    The water was perfect for a refreshing swim :-)

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    St. Herman's Cave in Blue Hole Nat'l Park!

    by saraheg77 Updated Nov 27, 2005

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    St. Herman's Cave is just a 10 minute walk from the visitor center at Blue Hole National park.

    But be SURE to wear mosquito repellent, as the walk is in the jungle, and there were lots of mosquitos!

    Also, be sure and take a strong flashlight if you want to go very far in to the cave. We went a ways in to the cave, but turned back when our flashlight stopped working very well!

    Last, but not least, be sure to wear good walking shoes with good traction to keep you on the trail inside the cave! =)

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    Rio on Pools - A break from the road to Caracol!

    by saraheg77 Updated Nov 27, 2005

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    Rio on Pools was SOOO wonderful and refreshing! It is a place you MUST stop on your way back from Caracol to the main road. The road is every so dusty and bumpy and takes about 3 hours, but if you stop at Rio On Pools, it will give you a nice break about halfway along that 3-hour trip! There is a little walk from the road to the pools, but it is worth it!

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    Photograph the Green Iguana

    by Waxbag Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Check out the enormous green iguanas along the Belize River. There is a small village next to the bridge to Xunantunich where a pair like to hang out and get free hand outs from the locals and tourist. They are vegetarian and are completely harmless. They let you get fairly close to photograhp but will run for the river and jump in if you get to close.

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    Blue Hole National Park

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 26, 2004

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    The Blue Hole National Park, protected under the National Parks System Act of 1981, was established in December 1986.

    Adjacent to a parking area, steps lead to the pool that gives the park its name (not to be confused with the other Blue Hole on Lighthouse Reef. There were no changing facilities when I was there - I had to change in the bathroom. The water was COLD. Too cold for Bob - he didn't want to swim.

    The websites say that it is about 25 feet deep, but I could walk around in most of it only up to mid calf. Of course at the time it was the middle of a drought.

    The website says:
    If you have the time, catching a bus heading to Dangriga can be an inexpensive way to get there. If you go by bus, be sure and check bus schedules for return times.

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    Plan Plenty of Time to Explore!

    by saraheg77 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    Caracol was a bit difficult to get to, due to the bumpy, non-paved road, but it was definitely worth the trip! It is the largest Mayan ruin... and was first occupied in 1200 B.C.

    The entrance fee is $10 and it is opened 7 days a week. There is a small museum at the entrance.

    I especially enjoyed the fact there there were lots of little rooms here and there to explore... lots of steps and things to climb. If you like exploring, you will love Caracol!

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    Fish in the Hole

    by MrRandMcnally Written Jun 4, 2004

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    When we came to the inland blue hole I could see little fish swiming around in it so I stuck my waterproof camera in the water and snapped a picture, I got these great images of the fish swiming around in the cenote.

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    Cahal Peche

    by grandmaR Updated May 24, 2004

    Cahal Peche is a small Mayan site right in San Ignacio at the top of a hill. It has 34 buildings on a bit over 2 acres. It is unusual in that it has the finish on the masonry which would have been there when the site was in use, and the brickwork is not all exposed.

    The name derives from words meaning "Place of Ticks" because the area had been used as a cattle pasture, and cattle pastures are notorious breeding grounds for ticks.

    After some looting was done between 1970 and 1985, the local people became concerned. In 1988 a formal large scale excavation was started which continues today.

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    Butterflies

    by grandmaR Updated May 24, 2004

    There is a small butterfly farm called Tropical Wings Nature Center and Butterfly House on the road out of San Ignacio.

    The butterfly enclosure was very much like the one in Costa Rica that we visited, although smaller. After we visited the butterflies we walked around on the nature center paths looking for hummingbirds (which were probably hiding somewhere out of the heat), and I had a nice conversation about what bird books covered Belize with a gentleman who was on the porch of one of the cabins. (The consensus was that there aren't any bird books for Belize - you can use the books for Mexico or for Costa Rica as the birds are more or less the same.)

    Admission fees are $5.00 Bz. ($2.50US) for adults; children 4 to 12 years old are admitted for half-price, and children under 4 are admitted free

    Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day - the best times to see the butterflies is between 10 and 4.

    More information when I find my journal for Belize

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    The other Blue Hole

    by MrRandMcnally Written Nov 25, 2003

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    On the Hummingbird highway, about halfway from Belmopan to Dangriga, is the Blue Hole National Park, containing the Blue Hole and St. Hermans Cave. The Blue Hole is a sink hole where an underground river briefly surfaces to show blue, fish filled waters surounded by the jungle.

    The water is cool and fresh though it looked more green than blue when I saw it, I heard it is more blue and more bright in the dry season. It is a nice place to stop for a swim but the bugs can be opressive so be well coated in Deet or make it a short trip.

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    Rio Frio Cave

    by ymike2000 Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Rio Frio Cave is the largest cave in Belize. The mouth is so large that you can go in quite far and still see with natural light. When the water is high enough, you can travel on the river through this cave.

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    Hidden Valley or Thousand Foot Falls

    by grandmaR Written Feb 25, 2003

    This is believed to be the highest waterfall in Central America and is actually over 1,500 ft to the bottom. A viewing platform overlooks the falls. There is a short scenic trail around the escarpment for taking in the valley view. We drove up and had lunch up there. The road is unpaved.

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    Blue Hole at Blue Hole National Park!

    by saraheg77 Updated Nov 27, 2005

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    The Blue Hole was a refreshing little spot in the National Park. It was nice to take a dip after we had ventured in to St. Herman's Cave. Be sure to wear your mosquito spray! =)

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