Actun Tunichil Muknal
Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:26
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To the Mayans, caves were where the afterlife began. They entered the caves to conduct their rituals and to present their offerings to the Gods. Today, we see evidence of these activities from the remains left behind. After about a one hour hike through the jungle you will reach the opening of the cave. At the mouth you will swim into the cave. For the following 1.5 hours you will wade and swim in the cave while contemplating the beauty of your surroundings. Learn about the formations and possibly discover a few animals that live in the darkness. The last magnificent chamberl opens up and you will remove your shoes and will walk around the various remains and artifacts in only your socks! We will say no more about this experience — it is for you to see!


 
Canoeing down Boom Creek and Sittee River
Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:36
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Canoeing down Boom Creek on your own is a perfect way to see wildlife. As you canoe along the creek, which is under the jungle canopy, kingfishers will tag along on your adventure, blue crabs sneak in and out of their homes on the river banks and lizards will make noise as they scurry over the leaves and debris on the ground. At times the creek is quite narrow, but if you have a small amount of previous experience canoeing you are certain to enjoy this trip. Each canoe can hold up to 3 people. It is a perfect way to spend a morning or an afternoon. Wanting a little more adventure? When you've reached Boom creek's end, try paddling upstream to spot iguanas leaping from tree to tree

 
Crystal Cave & Blue Hole
Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:27
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Ancient Mayan religion held that the soul began its afterlife with a dangerous journey through the underworld — a place known as Xibalba, or Place of Fright. The Xibalba was a complex realm of nine layers inhabited by sinister gods. The Mayans believed those who survived the journey through Xibalba would rise triumphantly like the sun. Access to Xibalba from the living world was granted through caves.

A visit to the Crystal Cave starts with a steep 45 minute hike trough the jungle. You will then descend with ropes into the cave to explore the spectacular cave system. You will be taken through huge caverns adorned with crystalline formations, Mayan artifacts of pottery, beads, fire pits, obsidian blades and human skeletal remains that have been calcified in the limestone floor. Halfway through the cave you will be given the option to continue further into Wonderland, if you chose to proceed be prepared for beauty but also for a physical challenge. This cave is only recommended for ones who are fit and seeking true adventure. The Crystal Cave is a “dry cave,” no water is to be found in these caves, however it tends to be a muddy experience, so bring cloths you don’t mind getting dirty. After finishing the visit to the cave one may opt to combine it with a visit to the Blue Hole.

 
Hiking at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Jaguar Preserve
Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:32
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This is the world's first Jaguar Preserve offering great hiking opportunities. Here the jungle is dense, and both flora and fauna are abundant. You will see birds and butterflies and perhaps some mammals such as peccaries, agoutis, gibnuts, anteaters, kinkajous, tapirs and jaguars. To see even more abundant mammal activity, consider an adventure on the Jungle Night Walk Tour.

In Cockscomb Basin there are numerous hikes of different steepness and difficulty. Bring your swimwear as there are waterfalls and natural pools on the trails to cool off in or rent an inner tube and float down the river for an hour. You may choose to bring a guide, or just go it alone.

Try a Jungle Night Walk. Fireflies dancing along the path, the silence and darkness of the jungle your torch light leading the way . . . listening to the sound of owls, herons, howler monkey and frogs. A night walk will increase the chance of spotting mammals, such as gibnut, kinkajou, anteater, or, if you are lucky, one of the wild cats! This experience takes place in Cockscomb and for this adventure a guide is required.

 
Hiking at Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:34
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The park is a 4 mile drive off the Southern highway, thru the orange orchids, and is a beautiful driving experience. Once you arrive, be prepared for a lush subtropical rainforest thick with trees, orchids, ferns. In the near vacinity are Mayan ruins. In addition, Mayflower is also one of the best places for bird spotting due to its abundant bird population. Serious hikers may want to trek to the steep Antelope trail which is an estimated 1,100 ft. high. At the top there is a spectacular view and a natural pool to swim in near a cascading waterfall. A perfect spot for you to cool down before heading back. Bring a guide or go on your own.

 
Jungle Horseback Riding
Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:35
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Located about a half hour drive from All Seasons Guest House is a beautiful horse farm offering horse back rides through the jungle. The horses are very familiar with the trails and are gentle, family-friendly creatures. This guided tour includes a trek through orange groves and dense jungles where you will see the most vibrant shades of green on Earth. Midway through the tour everyone stops for a swim in a private river area and enjoys a locally made snack. Keep your eyes peeled for tropical birds and other wildlife!